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.

Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

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

Source: IndieWire

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  1. Forget The Wolverine! Make X-men 4 instead! Why are studio execs so damn stupid?!

    • Yes! I don’t care about these prequels, I want X4!!!

    • You’re asking the wrong question. Studio execs would be stupid if they DIDN’T go for First Class 2, given how good the first one was, and how successful it was.

      • And I’m talking about First Class, not X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

        • First Class was awful for continuation, and as a movie as a whole! That said, they need to scrub the franchise clean of X3 with a good X4! We need a Phoenix sequel, with the Phoenix Force bringing back Jean, Jean bringing back Scott, and Romantic Triangle bringing back Logan Fury! And Fastball Special bringing back Colossus. And Adamantium Steel dragging Cajun Gambit. Gambit meet Rogue. Etc, etc, etc…

  2. I don’t care, as long as it gets a good script this time! Both Wolverine Origins and X-Men 3 were terrrrrrible… what a waste of talent!

    • Agreed! So was First Class! Terrible, terrible, terrible…

  3. My thoughts are that there won’t be an X4 until XMFC has run its course. Could be VERY confusing for casual fans to be j8umping from past to present in movies. THEN, X4 will be a semi-reboot with new actors/actresses portraying our beloved X-characters.

    • Well, if it is so confusing, perhaps they should drop the crap that was XMFC and go straight to a reboot in X4.


  5. I prefer X4 over The Wolverine.

  6. Make them both but Wolverine movie was better to me!

  7. Um.. WE have had our share of XMEN movies, and they werent all that good.. they even got worse with First Class.. Wolverine Origins was alright.. but they need to fix a lot of things. Im IN for the next WOLVERINE movie over any other XMEN movie they can come up with. Give me some badass action and a whole lot of blood and cussing and that would be a good Wolverine movie.

  8. Looking at that shot of the X-Men in thos eleather costumes makes me shudder, they made the blue and yellow work in First Class.

    X-Men 2=Very Good
    X-Men 3=Awful
    X-Men Origins Wolverine=Absolutely terrible ghastly rubbish
    X-Men First Class=Brilliant

    So, do I want an X-Men 4? No, no I do not. A First Class sequel, that would be nice.

      • I don’t think anyone wants a sequel to XM:O:W. Not even Hugh Jackman! It seems from everything I have read that “The Wolverine” will be a standalone film and have nothing to do with Origins. This can only be a good thing. My question is why couldnt they have just done that in the first place?

    • X-Men First Class “brilliant”? Not.

    • Wow! You got that list perfect in my opinion. I couldn’t agree more.
      Nice one!

      I’m for any X-Men movie that doesn’t have Huge Jackmuscles involved with the script in any way. The ONLY wrong thing about XMFC was his line IMHO, the cameo was brilliant though.

    • Uh, no. First Class was FAR from brilliant. What mutant power was used on you to believe that? The rest of your ratings, I agree with.

      • The mutant power of good taste in movies, maybe?

        • lol

  9. i would like him to do the wolverine and x4

  10. No I like the direction X-Men First Class went and would rather see that in future X-Men Films.

    They can continue with the Wolverine films if the second one makes up for the last one. I hope so.

  11. Reboot the entire thing. I never like Jackman as Wolverine or the oversaturation of tge character. FC and X-men 1&2were decent popcorn flicks but not X-men. Reboot it. And get it right.

  12. Wolverine is easily the most interesting of the x-men because you can basically plug him into any period any part of the world over the past 100 years without issue, they just need to stick a little closer to the Wolverine comic, which is (was i guess because i’m older now and don’t read it as much) very dark. So if they can get it right, I’d rather see Wolvie.

    • “Wolverine is easily the most interesting of the x-men”

      Really? Hmmmmmm, I was never really a fan of Wolverine in the comics, or the films that much to be honest, I don’t really like the character. He’s just not that interesting to me.

      Now where’s the Gambit movie?!?!

      • Thr coolest part about The Fonz (Fonzie) was that he did NOT take over 90 % of the screen time.

        • Good point. They made 4 X-Men movies about Wolverine essentially, completely forgetting the team dynamic is one of the most important things. Plus, I hated the way they always sidelined Cyclops.

          • I always felt that X-Men should have been filmed in a similiar (not exact) style to the filn Crash. Interweaving a great many characters while telling a simple story. Letting the characters help move the film along through their actions and own point of view. Focusing more on the dynamic of being outcast defending or attacking society and in way bringing up the issue of racism. Not focusing on one chracter or using the fish out of water technique in using one character to introduce everything to the audience. All the X-Men IMO have missed the whole issue of racism though FC came close and Ian McKellan charafter had excellent hints at it they never got it.

            As far as the filming style I hope The Avengers succeeds in interweaving the characters. Though I feel it is of bigger concern to them since each character has their on market.

          • Wolverine plays to a majority audience, Cyclops does not and I consider him pretty boring. You tell me they are doing Age of Apocolypse and we will see evil Cyc’, I’m down but until then no thanks. Gambit is the most polarizing x-man of the group, so he will never have a movie. There is good reason Logan was picked to be the focal point, because you’d need a 20 hour film to explain why any other X-man is as interesting (besides Jean Grey, of course)

      • Yes! I was just discussing Gambit with my sister. Where the hell is his movie? He was the best thing about Origins: Wolverine.

  13. I don’t want X4 only because I want them to just continue from wehre First class left off. You can easily add great characters like Gambit, Angel, the real Icemam and the REAL rogue to X-men first class. Oh and make it so Cyclops actually does something.

    First class going into someone like Mr. Sinister (which could easily be done on film… just have him kidnap cyclops/jean).

    X3 killed off everyone (yeah, no one is really dead in comic books but come on)and left the franchise in a weird real place.

    if they are going to continue Wolverine, I woudl want Omega Red involved. But they already ruined that…

    • I’m with you on wanting Gambit in the First Class sequel, and Sinister should defo be the villain, would love to see him on the big screen. Great character.

  14. Kill off the xmen rights and let Marvel take over and do these right. Nuff said.

    • Agent 0

      If i knew for sure it would be a Done Deal that Marvel Studios would aquire the rights of the X-Men franchise,id be all for it.

  15. Personally i’d like to see him do X Men 4 as X Men 3 didn’t do the series justice. X Men First Class was brilliant and I’d love a sequel to that I just think it could do without a Wolverine cameo.

    • @ LightsOutJay

      If Singer was director, X4 can’t be any worse than X3 since Singer Gave 2 great films before one film jinxed the franchise.

  16. I’ll join in on the movie scoring, since it looks so fun.
    X-Men: Good
    X-Men 2: Great
    X-Men 3: Okay <if you can get past the Wolverine centric story that continued in place of a Cyclops and Jean story…and Professor X getting X'd)
    Wolverine: Meh…I wanted to like it.
    X-Men First Class: Very good

    XMFC was good, but it was really rushed. The more I watch the film, the more I feel this way. I get all into the dialogue between Charles and Eric, and then I see/hear something that looks corny and takes me out of the moment. A great movie was in that script, but for whatever reason the production had to get done in 10 or 11 months and Vaughn was forced to race to the finish. At least with an XMFC sequel, he'll have more time to perfect the film. I would've liked an X-Men 4, but it would've had to have come before XMFC, and since it hasn't I'd say that the window for that film is pretty close to being shut.

  17. Ha Ha “no one cares about wolverine?”. I have to say that’s a full blown lie. I have never heard anybody say “I’m seeing this movie for Storm!” or “Man, Cyclops is awesome because he shoots red lazers from his eyes!Did you see him in X-Men 2? The best part!” no one says that. It’s all about wolverine.

    • @ frank

      Aside from his cameo in First Class, i felt the only film that really wan’t totally focused all that much on Wolverine would be the first X-Men film. X2 & X3 seemed too about him rather than the whole team. In X3, i figured Storm was supposed to be field leader, not Wolverine since Cyclops was absent. Kinda made feel like anymore sequels are gonna have to be 2 1/2 hrs or close to 3 hrs for everyone else to get enough screentime besides Jackman’s character.

      • Everyone’s opinion is valid but, Wolverine has sold books stand alone so the character has name value. Did the movies overuse the character ? Yeah no doubt, mostly because the people making the movies don’t understand context or continuity. Most of the story they used in the movies and still haven’t done really exist outside of anything having to do with the X-Men as a whole.

        The merging of the Stryker story with Wolverine in X-2 was something they felt the need to do when in reality the time could have been spent telling a broader story. The Weapon X stuff they tried to mix in happened before he would have ever crossed paths with the X-Men and could have waited for a stand alone movie. They then had to keep up with that in the Wolverine movie and just made a bigger mess by adding X-Men characters that really weren’t needed.

  18. I don’t mind if Hugh Jackman is not in X-men four. As much as I love his character, it will give a chance for the other X-men to shine, like in first class. But what would really piss me of, is if they find a new Wolverine actor.

  19. If they do end up doing X4, it needs to involve the Sentinels and master mold

  20. Hoping for X-Men 4, or a film about Magneto, with Ian McKellen back in the lead. He added true class to the role.

    • Agreed. Would be great to see Ian Mckellen as Magneto again.

  21. Come to think of the X-Men movies. X-Men 2 was the only one worth watching. It opened with Night Crawler actually using his powers in combat. (Emphasize on the word “using’. It seems like these people forget that they are mutants.) Magneto escapes from prison using his powers in the most awesome way possible. And of course everybody knew “it was on” when Wolverine straight up murdered that dude by stapling him to a refrigerator.
    While watching X-Men 2 I thought “Finally, they get it!” When you have people running around that shoot lasers out of their eyes and lightening out of their asses someone is bound to get killed. A scene where Wolverine is constantly stabbing a guy that basically doesn’t notice is boring.
    As far as I can tell Mystique, a shape shifter, could take on the X-Men single handedly.
    I was into X-Men before anyone my age ever heard of Mutants. So when I say I’m not excited about the release of any movie regarding X-Men. It’s saying a lot.

  22. I don’t want to see X4. I think they should continue the First Class story line. Just think of all the different world events that they could revolve the plot around like they did with the Cuban Missile Crisis. It could be fantastic.
    I’m all for The Wolverine and like most others I want to see Deadpool…

  23. I’m game for Wolvorine in Japan. Essential! & X-4 would take place in the future; Cable, Bishop, Apacolypse. Maybe sinister ..

  24. Wolevrine’s cameo in X-Men: First Class was awesome, Hugh Jackman did a great job.

    I think Wolverine wouldn’t be in X-Men: First Class 2 because the cameo in X-M:FC was understandable, another one wouldn’t make any sense.

    About a Wolverine Origins sequel? No way, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the worst movie in the series.

    The film’s timeline was all over the place half way in the movie.

    The characters were written badly espeically Deadpool who came out to be Baraka from Mortal Kombat and Gambit who is fan’s favouitre only had two minutes in the movie, this was Gambit’s time to shine because it was the first time the character made film apperance.

    Saberttooth wasn’t needed because in the first X-Men movie, it wasn’t shown that Wolverine and Sabertooth were actually brothers and also why relace the guy playing him in the first movie.

    The action was fine, the stunt works were awful and anyone watched the movie knew that the battle bewteen the brothers and Barakapool was fake.

    All I am trying to say is that Fox should try to get a X-Men: First Class into works because the movie might have saved the series.

  25. It’s good to hear Jackman being so positive about The Wolverine…
    I completely agree with him: 50% of Wolverine’s dialogue should consist of the word “f@$%” 😉

    I would also love to see him in X-Men: First Class 2, but I doubt X-Men 4 is going to work out…

  26. NEW MUTANTS anyone???

  27. Noo i wanna see X men 4 not prequelss

  28. Give me Sinister, Apocalypse, And Bishop or dont get me any more X Movies till you DO!!!!!!!!

      • Ian McKellen is/was Magneto. The actor who played him in First Class, although adequate, was no match. I’d love to see X4, wherein McKellen gets his power back and seeks revenge on those who took it from him.

    • apocalypse is awesome, but I don’t see anyway they could put him in a movie without making a mess of it.