Hugh Jackman On ‘The Wolverine,’ ‘X-Men: First Class’ & ‘X-Men 4′

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Considering its somewhat humble budgetary beginnings, the X-Men film series has easily become one of the most successful superhero franchises of all time, with two successful sequels, two spin-offs, and a sequel to one of those spinoffs on the way.

Recently, while discussing his upcoming robot-boxing film, Real Steel, Hugh Jackman went into great detail about all things X-Men – including The Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: First Class 2, and X-Men 4. Check it out below.

On why Darren Aronofsky jumped ship on The Wolverine, courtesy of IndieWire:

“His personal life precluded him from making the movie. I asked him to do ‘X-Men 3,’ I asked him to do ‘Wolverine’ 1 and he said, ‘It’s not so much for me.’ And then he read this and said, ‘Man, I’m in. This is the best comic movie script I’ve ever read’ and he’s been dying to do one for a long time.”

On director Mark Bomback rewriting The Wolverine, to some degree:

“When a director takes over any script, they need to make it their movie. So Jim hired Mark to help him make the movie his own. Darren had worked on the script himself and taken it in a certain direction that was right for him. And that would have been a great version of the movie. I’ve seen Jim’s version now and, you know, Jim saw things that weren’t working for him that were working for Darren. And I’ve got to hand it to Fox and to Jim, it’s easy when you start with the best script we’ve had from Chris McQuarrie. Which is why Darren signed on. So once you have that, that’s 80, 85 percent of your movie.”

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On The Wolverine being based on Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s miniseries about the character in Japan:

“It’s a little darker [than that story] and, I think, a little more true to the character. If you read all of [the Japanese saga] there is a lot of it that is a little disparate and some of it’s got X-Men in it. There’s a wedding and all that. So we take license with that.”

On the f-bombing X-Men: First Class cameo:

“They asked me to do that cameo a year before I did it and I said, ‘All right, pitch me the concept.’ They did and I liked it. I said, ‘Is anyone else swearing in the movie?’ and they said, ‘We don’t think so.’ I said, ‘Promise me no one else swears in the movie and I’m in.’ 50 percent of Wolverine’s dialogue should be ‘****.’ That feels right for me. And actually that particular take was an ad-lib I did at the end. There was more secrecy to shooting that than I have ever known. I actually checked into the hotel and they had no reservation under Jackman. I was under some comic book name I had never even heard of.”

On whether or not he’d return in a similar capacity for an X-Men: First Class sequel:

“If they come up with as good of an idea as last time. Yeah, I could see it.”

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On whether or not he’d return for an X-Men 4:

“I don’t see it. I can only see one movie ahead. I’m pretty sure I’m well into the second half of this match. I don’t know exactly when the end is, but I only go one at a time. If this is the last one, fingers crossed, man, I just hope we finally get that hole in one.”

Aww, shucks, X-Men film fans! This goes vaguely against what producer Lauren Shuler-Donner said earlier this year about X-Men 4 and 5 being in active development, although it’s certainly possible to make those films sans Wolverine – and it’s just as possible that Hugh Jackman could change his mind if (when?) Fox drives a dump-truck full of money up to his house.

Also, it’s interesting that Hugh Jackman is hoping that he and the people behind The Wolverine will “finally get a hole in one” with that project. The implication therein being that Jackman doesn’t feel they’ve gotten a hole in one yet?

What do you guys think? Are you bummed to hear Jackman isn’t up for X-Men 4, or is The Wolverine more than enough for you? Let us know in the comments.


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The Wolverine is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2013. Real Steel hits theaters October 7th, 2011.

Source: IndieWire

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  1. I believe that all of the X movies, (with exception of first class) were complete s***. First class is the only one deserving of a sequel and the rest should be trashed.

  2. Looks like Silver Samurai is main villain in Wolverine 2. i wonder if the muramasa blade will come into effect
    here’s my pitch on a reboot:
    my candidates for maruaders are mystique(really on magneto’s side), gambit, sabertooth, Jean Grey, scalphunter, blockbuster, maybe vertigo, and malice with sabertooth attacking everyone as a freelance serial killer. mr.sinister would be the leader but more of a scientist who wants to experiment on mutants. sabertooth would attack rogue after hearing about her hanging out with wolverine but she would be saved form him by cyclops and jean grey. jean grey would originally be on sinisters side looking for a cure for mutants (knowing she’s the Pheonix). of course they would invade the morlocks for more experiment sujects and toad would be one of morlocks maybe leech. x-men excluding wolverine would go there to try and stop them but would fail miserably because pyro would betray them. after capturing rogue because of her unique powers, wolverine would go get her from marauders followed by the xmen

    second movie would have deadpool(who would know he’s a comic character in a movie) as the main villain for the first half and he would be working for the purifiers who would betray him thinking he’s a mutant. he would hunt down his traitors kinda change sides while grayson creed would lead the purifiers killing sabertooth with a muramasa blade and activating the sentinels. however the destruction caused would be caught on video and shown to the world inspiring sympathy for the “heroic” x-men this is movie two for the five movie series. magneto would team up with the x-men until the end where he uses the muramasa blade to seriously injure deadpool and then tries to kill wolverine. kitty saves him and the xmen stand up against magneto who leaves

    Archangel introduced as a celebrity mutant, but secretly unhappy with his life and his father. Proteus would be the main villain of the third following closely to his origin story introducing the idea of a mutant messiah. reality bending powers. he would also exposed jean grey as the Pheonix in battle as the pheonix see’s him as too dangerous for the universes safety and seriously injures him. Pheonix flees and Rogue sits with Proteus as he dies on a bench.

    Brotherhood finally formed by Magneto, toad, mystique, pyro, blob, and basically original members. Phoenix wanting power drains nuclear power plant causing an explosion, killing many. government, x-men, brotherhood fight for her.brotherhood keeps her at their base and wolverine and rogue chase toad to discover his location. but toad releases Omega Red in a crowded place triggering memories in wolverine. they interrogate toad wolverine and cyclops infiltrate base opening the way for the rest resulting in a major battle. magneto and phoenix escape. a conference is held to discuss her fate and Magneto tries to convince Jean to kill all of the humans using her psychic powers but cyclops finds them and tries to convince them otherwise. magneto attempts to kill him. she calls him selfish and starts wiping out/curing mutants. wolverine and rogue go to stop her after she wipes out most of the conference. a furious Magneto rips the adamantium from Logans skeleton seriously injuring him. Rogue transfers Pheonix’s powers to wolverine who fights and eventually cures magneto, but is reduced to a feral state and flees. Jean is put in a comma and Logan is no longer part of x-men. this is an adaptation of m-day with no scarlett witch.a sad day for the xmen

    im tired of typing but the final film in my mind would be a mix of days of future past in the beginning as there are less mutants and Pheonix’s attacks, and age of the apocolypse. with cable coming from the future to warn them of apocolypse. however hellfire club would bring him to the present as well hoping he is the mutant messiah and use him to control the world. however he will do his survival of the fittest routine and follow closely to the comics. bring the story around and solving the mutant vs human crisis

  3. first class was trash the special effects were unfinished, x-3 last stand was awful and it’s the highest grossing x-men film xd

  4. Dude, Hugh Jackman is the BEST Wolverine yet!!! As long as anyone of them makes another X-Men film or Wolverine film, they better cast him as the badass mutant or I’m not going to see it in theaters. I now what Hugh is trying to imply but when that role gets offered to him, I HOPE he accepts the role, I don’t care if he’s busy with another project, he better not be stupid and turn it down. Ain’t NO OTHER actor out there that can play the baddest ass Wolverine with a sexy and delicious muscular body. Hugh baby, DO NOT let us down, you will be forever my

  5. Where did f*** is my comment?