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The Wolverine sequel might film back-to-back with X-Men: Apocalypse

May. 12, 2014by:

James Mangold is planning on shooting the sequel to THE WOLVERINE after X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but is there a chance his movie will be filmed back-to-back with Bryan Singer's upcoming film? It's possible, according to Hugh Jackman.

While speaking with Collider, Hugh Jackman was asked if filming THE WOLVERINE sequel and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE back-to-back would make things easier for the actor since he needs to stay in shape to play the mutant.

One of the things people don’t realize is that you went from shooting The Wolverine to this [X-Men: Days of Future Past]…

Hugh Jackman: I did Prisoners in between.

But it was pretty close.

Jackman: Pretty close. It was about four months in between.

Is that something you’d want to do in the future, let’s say for X-Men: Apocalypse and another Wolverine sequel? Or is that something where you think that’s too much?

Hugh Jackman: No, in a weird way that has crossed my mind if that’s the way things play out, because physically, even though I was complaining about it because I found out about [X-Men: Days of Future Past] a month before I finished The Wolverine, so I was already planning on my cheat meals. It’s much easier because it’s tough to get there, physically, but once you’re there, it’s easier to maintain it.

It's been said the original trilogy stars won't be back for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but it certainly sounds like Wolverine and Hugh Jackman might return for the planned movie. Collider also spoke with producers Lauren Donner and Hutch Parker, and they say they are looking into filming the movies back-to-back.

It seemed what [Jackman] was saying to me was that in an ideal world, X-Men: Apocalypse and another Wolverine solo movie would be, in an ideal world, filmed very close together to keep his physique.  So are you guys planning to film them that way?

Lauren Donner: We’re trying

Hutch Parker: We are.

Donner: We’re absolutely trying, yes.

Is there any target for when you’re going to film Apocalypse or the next Wolverine?

Donner: Well, we announced Apocalypse to come out in 2016, so that means we have to shoot next summer. And then we’d have to shoot our new Wolverine movie either before or after that. I think after because it will come out after.

Parker: And as much as you have an ambition for these things, it is, as you said about Hugh, getting a script that everybody feels is ready and right. Because that is the foundation on which everything is built. So I think the goal will be Apocalypse for 2016, which means at the latest [filming begins] in summer 2015, and then the same thing with Wolverine, either before or after, but based on the script.

It would make perfect sense to film another Wolverine movie and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE back-to-back, however a lot is going to depend on the script for THE WOLVERINE sequel. Hugh Jackman has said a few times he won't do it unless the script is fantastic, and I have my fingers crossed it'll be good enough to convince Jackman to play Wolverine at least one more time. I'm fine with him not appearing in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but you kind of need him for THE WOLVERINE sequel, and I really hope X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST won't be the last time we'll see the actor as Wolverine.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will be in theaters May 23rd, 2014. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will open on May 27th, 2016, and THE WOLVERINE sequel is scheduled to be released on March 3rd, 2017.

Source: Collider

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8:08AM on 05/12/2014
It makes sense for him to film Wolverine and X-Men sequel back-to-back. It must be really really difficult to him to physically maintain Wolverine physique.
It makes sense for him to film Wolverine and X-Men sequel back-to-back. It must be really really difficult to him to physically maintain Wolverine physique.
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8:52AM on 05/12/2014
I give him all the credit in the world for being able to keep his ridiculous physique and to actually look bigger and better with each new X-Men film that he is in. True dedication towards his craft right there.

I do hope we get to see Hugh in more films as Wolverine past Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 since no one else can play the part as great as he can, but if Wolverine 3 is indeed his last film as Wolverine I hope they go out on a bang.
I give him all the credit in the world for being able to keep his ridiculous physique and to actually look bigger and better with each new X-Men film that he is in. True dedication towards his craft right there.

I do hope we get to see Hugh in more films as Wolverine past Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 since no one else can play the part as great as he can, but if Wolverine 3 is indeed his last film as Wolverine I hope they go out on a bang.
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11:27PM on 05/12/2014
That's what makes the guy so great and inspiring.
That's what makes the guy so great and inspiring.
11:33AM on 05/12/2014
Agreed, as a huge fitness junkie, I know the amount of dedication it takes to maintain his mass. While he may not always be7-8% bodyfat, he obviously goes up to probably 15-16 when its not required, the amount of food to consume and training to maintain the physique is staggering. Very few people can do it. You either love the lifestyle or you dont. In my case I do, Hugh does and it yields its own rewards.
Agreed, as a huge fitness junkie, I know the amount of dedication it takes to maintain his mass. While he may not always be7-8% bodyfat, he obviously goes up to probably 15-16 when its not required, the amount of food to consume and training to maintain the physique is staggering. Very few people can do it. You either love the lifestyle or you dont. In my case I do, Hugh does and it yields its own rewards.
9:17AM on 05/12/2014
Yeah you really have to give him credit for sticking with the role that really made him; especially with how hard it is to get into that shape every time. These days, you usually hear about a major super hero role like this getting cast and they almost immediately start talking about how the actor will be rebooted in a couple movies.
Yeah you really have to give him credit for sticking with the role that really made him; especially with how hard it is to get into that shape every time. These days, you usually hear about a major super hero role like this getting cast and they almost immediately start talking about how the actor will be rebooted in a couple movies.
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9:39AM on 05/12/2014

Gotta admire his work ethic

He clearly puts serious hours into maintaining his Wolverine physique, and it's his respect for the role that has won him so many fans. Whoever eventually takes over for Jackman has some massive shoes to fill; he's become one of my favourite actors.
He clearly puts serious hours into maintaining his Wolverine physique, and it's his respect for the role that has won him so many fans. Whoever eventually takes over for Jackman has some massive shoes to fill; he's become one of my favourite actors.
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10:48AM on 05/12/2014
The poor man was planning his cheat meals. I'm sure Dinklage was busy wolfing down pizza in front of Hugh just to mess with him.

And please visit Madripoor in the next movie!
The poor man was planning his cheat meals. I'm sure Dinklage was busy wolfing down pizza in front of Hugh just to mess with him.

And please visit Madripoor in the next movie!
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11:00AM on 05/12/2014
Hugh Jackman is somebody I have admired for many reasons for a long time. He most certainly has that old-school work ethic. Listening to him talk about his physical conditioning and commitment overall to the story and character of the films which include Wolverine reminds me a lot of hearing and reading Sylvestor Stallone's anecdotes and stories about his own commitments. Or even going further back with people like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and others. One of the things I appreciate the most
Hugh Jackman is somebody I have admired for many reasons for a long time. He most certainly has that old-school work ethic. Listening to him talk about his physical conditioning and commitment overall to the story and character of the films which include Wolverine reminds me a lot of hearing and reading Sylvestor Stallone's anecdotes and stories about his own commitments. Or even going further back with people like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and others. One of the things I appreciate the most is the fact that his passion for the character is so genuine and he is so willing to make numerous films. These days I get the impression that so many people stick to only what they are contractually obligated for. And they just do a trilogy, typically, and then throw in the towel. While sometimes that may be a good idea, I like to see an extensive progression of characters. And honestly, if a big paycheck is your only motivation, don't bother, because you are doing the fans, story and character of profound disservice.
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11:02AM on 05/12/2014
Sylvester* Stallone. Really wish posts could be edited when using an iPhone.
Sylvester* Stallone. Really wish posts could be edited when using an iPhone.
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11:26AM on 05/12/2014
Love wolverine. Love Jackman. I'm not sure what a 3rd solo film can do though. The 2nd one made him human so he could die, so you can't do that again, which means he can't die (I guess unless magneto was involved), so what kind or struggle would he really face? If they do it, I hope it encorporates more xmen characters.
Love wolverine. Love Jackman. I'm not sure what a 3rd solo film can do though. The 2nd one made him human so he could die, so you can't do that again, which means he can't die (I guess unless magneto was involved), so what kind or struggle would he really face? If they do it, I hope it encorporates more xmen characters.
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12:48PM on 05/12/2014
I'm really excited to see Jackman as Wolverine a few more times. I feared that 'Days of Future Past' was going to be his last outing as the character, but that's obviously not the case anymore.
I'm really excited to see Jackman as Wolverine a few more times. I feared that 'Days of Future Past' was going to be his last outing as the character, but that's obviously not the case anymore.
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1:12PM on 05/12/2014

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The reason why Wolverine is so popular is not only because of the caractre but because of the quality of the actor.
The reason why Wolverine is so popular is not only because of the caractre but because of the quality of the actor.
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2:10PM on 05/12/2014
Why not a First Blood/Predator type movie? I'd especially enjoy a direct rip off of the mud kill from Rambo 2. Hell, I'd say after DOFP he'll probably have been throught the wringer so you could really push the loner aspect again and stick him out in a remote jungle or something. Then you could add the obvious end credit of the team needing him back for their next battle. While you're at it, sign John McTiernan to direct.
Why not a First Blood/Predator type movie? I'd especially enjoy a direct rip off of the mud kill from Rambo 2. Hell, I'd say after DOFP he'll probably have been throught the wringer so you could really push the loner aspect again and stick him out in a remote jungle or something. Then you could add the obvious end credit of the team needing him back for their next battle. While you're at it, sign John McTiernan to direct.
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6:36PM on 05/12/2014

About X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Spoilers SPOILERS!
Ill say it ONE LAST TIME:
Youre entering a SPOILER ZONE!
Ok
So, the movie is a very good surprise, but its not perfect. Lets get the minor problems (for me), out of the way: Its never explained how Prof X came back (the post credit sequence of X3 gave some clues, but if its a new body, why is he in a chair?), how Wolvie got his metal claws back (or why within a few years he got grey hairs), or how Kitty suddenly gained the power to transfer minds through time (Yeah
Spoilers SPOILERS!
Ill say it ONE LAST TIME:
Youre entering a SPOILER ZONE!
Ok
So, the movie is a very good surprise, but its not perfect. Lets get the minor problems (for me), out of the way: Its never explained how Prof X came back (the post credit sequence of X3 gave some clues, but if its a new body, why is he in a chair?), how Wolvie got his metal claws back (or why within a few years he got grey hairs), or how Kitty suddenly gained the power to transfer minds through time (Yeah I know, second mutation, but then, why not explain it ? NO, its just that FOX fucked the best opportunity they had to link FF and X-Men with THE telepath of the comics version: Rachel Summer, daughter of Scott & Jean, and girlfriend of Franklin Richard, son of Reed and Sue). Rogue, despite being on the posters is in the movie for literally 5 seconds, and in the background. The killing of most of the First Class cast between the two films. Most of the new characters dont have time or space to be fully developed (but they dont seems rushed in either). The 3D is for the most part anecdotic Aside from those details, this version of DoFP, very far from both the comics and the 90s cartoon versions, is great. Most of the WTF reactions (Young Prof X walking and Beast in human form are due to a serum created by Hank) to the trailers are explained. You have good acting, action and SFX. This version of Quicksilver (referred as Peter, never Pietro) is finally interesting and well acted, and there is a reference to the possibility of him being Magnetos kid (but why make Wanda his younger sister?). Yes, there IS a new timeline after those events, one thats correcting a few things from X3 (Guess whos cameo of an alive again fans favourite character will make you scream? I was sure he wouldnt be back I GLADLY stand corrected!). And, of course, the POST CREDIT scene introduces us to Apocalypse
So, without being the best Comics movie ever, this might be the best X-Men film yet. But thats only my opinion!
By the way: GODZILLA is yet another good surprise !
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4:24PM on 05/13/2014
So, be happy... Be very happy ;-)
So, be happy... Be very happy ;-)
11:29PM on 05/12/2014
That cameo of the character coming back to life better be Cyclops. I swear if it's not, I will be so disappointed.
That cameo of the character coming back to life better be Cyclops. I swear if it's not, I will be so disappointed.
9:39PM on 05/12/2014

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

PLEASE!!!!! No more Wolverine movies!!!! Please stop!!
PLEASE!!!!! No more Wolverine movies!!!! Please stop!!
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6:35AM on 05/16/2014

Wait, what?

When have they made the first Wolverine movie? All I've seen is a shirtless Hugh Jackman with claws crying all the time and leading a bunch a people in leather outfits...that's the X-Men and Wolverine? LMFAO...okay. I'm gonna go back to my comics. Someone hit me up when Marvel get's the rights back.
When have they made the first Wolverine movie? All I've seen is a shirtless Hugh Jackman with claws crying all the time and leading a bunch a people in leather outfits...that's the X-Men and Wolverine? LMFAO...okay. I'm gonna go back to my comics. Someone hit me up when Marvel get's the rights back.
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