Hugh Jackman Talks ‘Wolverine 2′, Confirms Aronofsky Is Onboard

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Hugh Jackman spoke to Vulture recently and claimed that he has already started eating “six meals a day” in order to bulk up for his role in Wolverine 2, which is expected to begin filming next March.

Jackman went on to essentially confirm that Darren Aronofsky is set to direct the Wolverine sequel, which was scripted by Christopher McQuarrie of The Usual Suspects fame.

McQuarrie’s screenplay is based off one of the more famous Wolverine Marvel comic book stories, which was penned by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller back in the 1980s. Wolverine 2 will follow its adamantium-clawed protagonist – who lost his memory at the conclusion of X-Men Origins: Wolverine – to Japan for a new adventure.

Aronofsky has a penchant for directing dark, emotionally-tumultuous dramas, a quality that has Jackman – who worked previously with the filmmaker on The Fountain – all the more excited for Wolverine 2.  As he put it in his Vulture interview,“This is ‘Wolverine’. This is not ‘Popeye’… [With 'Wolverine 2'] there’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.”

wolverine 2 director Hugh Jackman Talks Wolverine 2, Confirms Aronofsky Is Onboard

The Wolverine spinoff was a box office success, but it left a lot of film critics and general moviegoers alike grumbling. The combination of solid source material and respectable talents like McQuarrie and Aronofsky being involved behind the camera is not only something for X-Men fans to be excited about, but it’s a good indicator that Wolverine 2 could actually be, well, good.

Aronofsky has never helmed a big-budget action flick before – much like Gavin Hood was foremost a small-scale filmmaker prior to his working on the first Wolverine movie. The screenplay for Wolverine 2 should hopefully contain far fewer clichés and be more solid than its predecessor – plus (and yes, this is just our opinion) Aronofsky has already proven himself to be a much better director than Hood.

Wolverine 2 will likely be released in theaters by Summer 2012.

Source: Vulture

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  1. At least we know it won’t suck this time.

  2. I consider this pretty good news.

  3. Sounds good sofar.
    Aronofsky is a much better fit for Wolverine then he would have been for Superman.

  4. I only ever saw the first Wolverine film because I recieved the DVD as a birthday gift.

    I didn’t think much of it except for Don McAlpine’s cinematography which is always ace, but this second film may actually prove to be good all round.

    • I only saw it b/c I didn’t think it could be any worse than X3. Well, it was. I actually appreciate X3 after seeing how bad XO:W was.

  5. This is GREAT news! I for one am glad that Jackman is as dedicated to the Wolverine series and character as he is. I could easily see many an actor saying forget-about-it after the negative reviews the first one got. No doubt Jackman will if nothing else bring %110 to the role, now we just need the rest of the staff from the actors to the director to bring at least %90 or more so we get a %100 solid film.

    • One thing for certain is that Hugh Jackman always puts in a great perfomance. He knows the character and is a fan of the books which is reassuring.

      I still think I’ll wait for the review here on SR and word of mouth before I decide whether I’ll see this at the cinema.

  6. Much more excited now about Wolverine 2. Can’t wait to see what Aronofsky+McQuarrie+Jackman will make. Hopefully Clint Mansell will write the soundtrack for this. He’s done that for all of Aronofsky’s previous movies, why should Wolvie 2 be an exception?

    • It’s quite possible- but I thought the previous film composer, Harry Gregson-Williams, did an outstanding job.

  7. Yal, forgot what’s studio is making this film?

  8. I’m doubting the (Marvel Quality) of the effort…

  9. Great news on wolverine 2 hope they make some much need changes witch was missing from origins ,bring some blood and dismemberment to give our adamantium clawed hero his usual bring it on take on any one or anything attitude as well as sum berserker rage action ^_^

  10. We may get a Good Movie, But it may be past time to care

  11. What the hell? How did my expectations go from zero to eight in a few seconds? McQuarrie and Aronofsky. Is this really true?

    A part of me wants them to take on a different project together with Jackman. Because X-men has always been cool, but McQuarrie, Aronofsky and Jackman are all beyond cool. I’m sure it’ll be great though, these guys bring a failsafe with them to the set.

  12. Good news. Wrong setting. Get out of Japan.

  13. It’s time for the costume…again, white out the eyes like Green Lantern and make him mean as hell!

    • Yeah, really. I mean Wolverine has never (in four effing movies) been shown in a suit that even resembles his blue/yellow or brown/orange suits. They haven’t even put a patch on his eye (hardcore comic fanboys know what I’m talking ’bout).

      We Want Wolverine! not just Hugh Jackman as Logan.

  14. I’m (like many of you) just wondering when they’ll actuallyu show Wolverine as the character they wrote him as… where is the ferrel animal? The Beserker? How is it that he has gotten less and less animalistic in EVERY movie? I swear he’s going to join a hippie commune and braiding flowers into his hair.

    I can care less who is directing the movie or where they film it… if the substance of the script isn’t there, or the character or Wolverine isn’t prtrayed correctly, thus movie and franchise will continue to SUCK…. Another reason why Marvel should get back ALL it’s character rights from the other studios

  15. The only real problem I had with the first movie was how they messed up the character of Deadpool. Oh yeh, the token rapper in the movie was stupid too.

  16. Apparently no one on this page saw, The Fountain.
    (I loved Requiem though)

  17. Pi, Wrestler and Requiem are movies that you don’t forget so easily. I’m hoping this one will turn out good too. Can’t wait to see a steadicam on the back of Wolvie’s head as he slashes through a room full of samurai.

  18. On the good side, it’s the Japan storyline, Jackman’s back, McQuarrie on script and it’ll be starting up soon.

    But unlike most here, I’m not a huge Aronofsky fan, and the responses I see here are typical of the fan-boy hypocrisy. Jackman might as well have picked Joel Schumacher or McG.

  19. got to be better than the excrement they calling x-men first class.

    • LOL, it can’t be any worse that’s for sure. :-)

  20. It be cool if he had the patch and the bone claws in this one. :)

  21. The eyepatch is all that “may” be used in this movie. But unfortunately the way that Fox has put the continuity,Wolverine wouldn’t be getting any real costume if any until he moved back to Canada.