Last week we reported on an interview with Hugh Jackman where he joked about how he always says he’s not doing another X-Men film until he reads the script. He continued to jokingly say that he’d do eleven more movies as Wolverine and that was it.
The next appearance of Hugh’s buffed up mutant will likely come with a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine which will see the Marvel poster boy head to Japan to explore the stories of one of the most classic Wolverine tales from the comics. One question surrounding this movie is whether or not director Gavin Hood would be asked to return by Fox Studios to helm the follow-up.
In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Hood touches on this subject and that of District 9, the sleeper hit of the year directed by a fellow South Africa, Neill Blomkamp.
Jokes aside, Jackman’s done 4 already and there’s at least six X-Men franchise films in early development with hints of plenty more. If X-Men 4 comes to life and he does some Wolverine sequels… throw in some cameos in other X-Men spinoffs and he could actually get pretty close to that number, believe it or not.
As for Gavin Hood, we know that Wolverine 2 will happen no matter what. Moviegoers love Hugh as Wolverine and despite his horrendous CGI claws in his last outing, the sequel will again be easy money in the bank. Hood’s return isn’t so clear-cut. At many of the press events for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-ray release, questions were thrown at him and producer Lauren Shuler Donner about his return and every time they dodged it by saying they’re just focusing on the script at this point.
Rotten Tomatoes had a chance to interview Hood and asked him about his involvement with the Wolverine sequel.
“I have no idea. All that’s happened at the moment is that the studio has just commissioned the script for Wolverine 2 to be written. Whether that film will ever get made will depend on so many factors — whether the studio likes the script, whether they find a director who responds to the script. Might that be me? Sure, I’d be extremely interested and thrilled if they were to send it to me.”
They also discussed one of the big decisions Hood had to make within the story of the film, altering Sabretooth’s history for dramatic hollywood effect.
“In the original script they were not half brothers. There was some resistance to that, because in the world of the comics there’s only a small suggestion in one particular comic that Victor Creed and Wolverine may well be half brothers. I just gravitated to that. Just having one good guy versus bad guy, with no emotional connection just felt like “Whoa — you’ll have nothing but punching and kicking”. That was a way to build up the emotional power of the film. I thought Liev Schreiber did a phenomenal job. I’m very pleased that on the Blu-ray disc there’s a particular scene that I was attached to that didn’t make it into the movie. I say that without saying “It should have!” I think it probably should have been in the movie, but I understood the argument against it, and at the time there was much to-ing and fro-ing about it. It’s a great thing to be able to put that sort of scene on the Blu-ray and let people think of other themes and idea that were in my mind when we made that scene.”
I have no issues with that in the movie, Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth was one of the best parts of Wolverine’s live-screen origin story, that I felt had so many issues.
As for the star actor, much respect has to be paid to Jackman for putting his body through such an intense workout regiment and diet to bring his body to form for each installment. With his age, this must be getting more difficult as we go and I’m curious as to how many more years he’d be willing to go through that for his career-defining role. Hood also touched on that subject and Jackman’s willingness to bare all during the Weapon X scenes.
“Well one of things we knew going into the film was that Hugh Jackman was going to have to do a certain amount of nudity in the film. Hugh will tell you how he wanted to be like De Niro in Cape Fear. I was like “Mate, you’re going to be naked — you better buff up”. [laughs] Honestly though, I’ve never seen someone eat so much chicken steak and fish and lettuce for so long without throwing up. It was unbelievable. Seven meals a day of protein and a little bit of salad. No CGI on that body. Except for the claws.”
Moving away from Wolverine for a moment, what does Hood think of his fellow South African director, Neill Blomkmap, getting his feature film debut with the super-successful District 9 (unlike Wolverine, critics dug D-9)? He loved it.
“We have spoken because I had to tell him what a phenomenal job he did. I sat there in the cinema — and probably it was a great deal of patriotic pride — but I thought, here was something so fresh and so out there, yet so emotionally powerful. It was just so fantastic to see the originality of the piece.”
As a follow-up, Hood was asked if District 9 was true from a South African Perspective.
“Yeah. Scarily so. I know those characters. Those [adopts a funny Afrikaans accent] very well meaning policemen, who think they are being very nice to you who, but are completely on the side of authority and they’re patronising you to death. Yeah. We grew up around those guys. Scary.”
Getting back to the subject of Wolverine 2, my guess is that they won’t be bringing Gavin Hood back and that with the next X-Men films, they will try to raise the quality bar to regain some critical praise after bad reviews for X-Men 3 and now Wolverine. If that’s even possible for the studio now, nobody knows. That’s not to say Hood is entirely to blame for Wolverine since there was plenty of talk about studio interference (usually results in a fail from comic book movies – note: Spider-Man 3). If they were bringing him back, he’d be signed already.
But we do know that one director in talks to possible direct another X-Men movie is Bryan Singer. The same Bryan Singer who made the well-received X-Men 1 & 2 and the same Bryan Singer who specifically mentioned how much he loves Hugh’s Wolverine a few days back when he revealed that he’s in talks with Fox to possible return to do another X-project.
After X-Men Origins: Wolverine, would you like to see Gavin Hood back in the director’s chair for another X-Men or Wolverine movie? Any ideas on who should direct the sequel?
Source: Rotten Tomatoes