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. X-Men saga was a bad end. I don’t buy the result. Cyclops and Phoenix should be resurrected —it’s not difficult to find a way—.
    They should be resurrected, and the love with them.

    • It would be too cliche if they resurrected them and they found love and I don’t mind Cyclops being killed off. It’s not like he was a well developed character in the movies. Jean was kind of dull as well. Actually, none of the characters had much apart from Wolverine, Rogue and Magneto.

      • Cyclops was never developed as he SHOULD have been because the brainchildren at Fox decided that Wolverine was making them more money so they turned the original romance into even more of a love triangle than it was in the comics and then decided it would just be Jean and Wolverine. I don’t blame Cyclops, I blame the money hungry non-fans responsible.

        • Hey Voidrider im not really a fan of the non-fans either, but its the non-fans as much if not more than the comic fans that make up the movie going public. They all have to be won over. Sorry to say.

  2. Definitely make X Men 4 after Wolverine (because that’s definitely coming next reguardless) with Jackman as lead along with the other X Men with equalish parts, but let’s be honest no other X Man can kick as much ass as Wolverine. Bring back Cyclops, Jean, and Professor X too because X didn’t really die completely (after credits scene anyone). And the other two were really cool characters (Cyclops had more potential that wasn’t reached in 1,2, or, 3 especially since he “died”). Reboot is not the answer like they did with Spiderman or F4. X4 would be epic and they definitely need to bring back Bryan Singer as director. Magneto also got his power back and Rogue probably did too. Another bad thing about #3 was no Nightcrawler he was awseome in #2. The X Men series still has great potential especially with the original characters/actors.

    X2: X-Men United=Excellent
    X-Men The Last Stand=Awful
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine=Crapfest
    X-Men: First Class=Haven’t Seen it Yet
    X-Men 4=Great Potential

    • Don’t post an opinion till you’ve seen Xmen-First clast.. I would love to know what you thought about it. I mean how can you rate all the movies and not rate First Class? I mean you just destroyed the barometer and you killed your credibility as an Xmen fan!!! You need to see that movie..

      I think First Class was one of the best, at least tied for best Xmen film. I’ve seen it 3 times already.

      • Okay maybe you didn’t kill your credibility as an Xmen fan, but you tainted it pretty bad… COME ON!! IT’s on Blueray/DVD and still havent seen it? No, your not a big fan… no no no no…… thats sacrilege…

    • “X-Men: First Class” was great, don ‘t you miss it!!!

      And, yes “X-Men” was good and “X-Men 2″ was excellent, “X-Men: The Last Srand” was problematic.

      I did’t like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” but I ‘ll give a chance to “The Wolverine” and hope they “ll get it right.

      I don ‘t agree with the sequel of “X-Men 4 or 5″, I prefer the “X-Men: First Class” sequel.

      • I agree. I want to see an X Men: First Class sequel. Although I am a little confused as to whether it has any attachment to the trilogy. There were so many things out of order in connection to the trilogy.

        • @ Jered Lacks

          Id say the problem is the trilogy before First Class was made by two different directors. There were some things in First Class that connected to the first film but we’ll have to see how much sequels to First Class would reveal.

          I enjoyed the first two films myself. Imo, what happend in X3 can be fixed with X4 and X5 because they could easily explain the Cure wasn’t perminant. And of-course they could be blunt & ignore X3 all together.

  3. it ended fine stop being such a prick

    • Don’t be “such a prick” by thinking that anyone who says what you do not want to hear must to be something such a prick.
      I say what I say and you say what you say. Just talk.

      • guess i’m a prick too. the last 35 minutes of first class was complete sh*t. also has a cheesey as f@ck ending(anytime a movie ends w/a one-liner & a smirk?!?! christ). it’s not being a prick, it’s having taste.

        • i enjoyed the film, but the ending felt rushed creatively. It’s like they tried to cram the plot of a second movie into the final of the first.

  4. put scarlet watch in x-men 4 so that she can bring cyclops and jean back

  5. In my opinion, and mind you it is MY opinion, I think the Main francise of the X-men films shouldnt take place until at least the second and third sequels of “First Class” storylines have taken place, effectively bringing the story up to where the present day X-men are or should be. The storyline developing from those “sequels” of First Class can lead to anywhere in the X-Men universe, even to skipping over “X-Men3″ which I will agree was’t all that great of a movie, but it could just lead into soemthing totally amazing. The most logical progression would be The Sentinels. I can’t, for any reason understand why that wasn’t done instead of the mutant rebellion in the third X movie.

    As for Wolverine, I remember a long time ago when Hugh Jackman was making X-Men, during an interview, he had commented on saying that he loved playing the character so much that he would make as many movies as he could. Of course things change over time, but I still beleive he wants to play the character and do more movies. he, I’m sure, is getting overwhelmed with all the hype about so many differnt ideas coming at him. I liked the first wolverine movie, it wasnt bad at all.

    And on one other note while im at it, with so many bad opinions and reviews by the very people that superhero movies are made for, it wont take much for studios to start pulling out of the comic book related movies and move on to soemthing none of us really want to see at all. It’s ok to review and give an opinion, but watching everyones comments on here and on other reviews I’ve seen here as well, we need to be a litte more tackful in our public reviews. It’s well known that movie execs do go thru the better known sites for gereral opinions of their products, and it just seems that there are more negative comments on most of the superhero stuff than there are favorable ones. Its a great time to be a comic book fan and to see our favorite characters come to the screen, but if we keep bad mouthing every movie that comes out featuring them, we’ll just shoot ourselves in the foot and get nothing at all for it. Give it some thought, I have.

  6. I say go with a First Class sequel and ignore Last Stand and Wolverine.

  7. we don’t have to pusst foot around and say rosey things for the studios,they have to respond to the negative views of their product and due it right.

    heard they changed xavier in first class to some modern diouch,so you know what did?did not watch the film.

    changing stuff is fine,but when you change the very natue of a personality you’ve gone too far.

    what if negtive comments results in them making no more Shero movies?

    screw it,will simply ignore em like do modern tv

  8. I am a big fan of the X-Men always have been. The first 2 movies were real great the Last stand didnt fit into the early comic books. I love the Origins Wolverine stroy told alot about his early life before he lost his memory. First Class really good movie but i think it should not have had Scott Summers little brother Alex Summers in it that really did not make sence seeing how that would have made him closer to Professor X’s age other then that I am glad to see Eric and Chariles as friends. No one should ever do Wolverine other then Hugh Jackman. He is the splitting image of that comic book charater.

    • Spitting image? Wolvie in the comics is like 5’6” tall; Jackman is over 6′. Wolvie in the comics had serious fighting skills, including martial arts; Jackman’s Wolvie was only a brawler. Jackman’s Wolvie is fun to watch but no where near the image of the Wolvie in the comics.

      • That is true that wolie was only 5’6 in comics and Jackman is 6 foot. but in the origins move was before he went to japan to learn martial arts. And from whatv i have seen he looks more like wolvie before the fatal attrations story line after that he went more beastial

        • maybe they should cast a drunk midget then.

        • Sorry fischer, Wolvie is 5’3 actually, and Jackman is almost a foot taller.

  9. Thing about First Class was i liked the actor who played Magneto who seemed to make the character his own & made Magneto seem more radical for Mutantkind. Id say his performance was as great as Ian McKellan’s. However in First Class, i liked his helmet more that he wore at the end of the film than the helmet that Ian Mckellan wore in X-Men 1-3. I hope X4 & X5 gets made because i think what happend in X3 can be fixed perhaps.

  10. So… How do we even begin to write the opening to an X-4 Movie…
    We all wake up and it was a dream that Storm was having. Even better, we realize that Will Smith is playing Storm.

    Thank You and Goodnite :)

    • Open with Mr. Sinister in his lab. In the background, we see a stasis pod with a clone of Jean Grey. Another scene will show Scott waking up in the woods where he last kissed Jean. He can open his eyes because the Phoenix effect is still there but it is begging to wear off and he needs to find ruby glasses fast. We all know that Magneto was getting his powers back, so all the mutants that lost their powers all get them back.

  11. The first ‘X-Men’ was an excellent (despite a weak final act) socio-political allegory genre movie, but like ‘Planet of the Apes’, I always felt like it should have been a one-off statement of intent, I don’t think either of the subsequent two sequels (plus that terribly banal Wolverine spin-off) added anything to the overall tapestry, although in saying that, the upcoming Wolverine movie is an undeniably exciting prospect, and ‘X-Men: First Class’ sounded like a genuinely original new take on that whole universe in exploring the early relationship between Professor X and Magneto, but it’s fair to say this whole franchise has pretty much shot it’s bolt (and the diminishing box-office returns prove this point), and it’s time to end it gracefully before audiences tire of the whole thing…

  12. Wolverine needs to be in costume this round…

  13. Come on, jack! Please keep talking about the lack of interest in X4 and etc…That’s how he came across to me about the projects. Seriously, Fox, just sell the rights back to Marvel. You had a good run with them and caught lighting in a bottle. Your era is over, let the creative professionals that made you guys so much money get their properties back. Everyone says it would be too cliche…WHO CARES. Everything is a reboot/remake in Hollywood…. Let Marvel Studios recast and make things right. If you are a comic book fan, you should want these movies to boom at the box office… Do I want a Deadpool movie: Yes and No. A deadpool television series makes a lot more sense.

    • *Bomb at the Box Offices.

      DOWN WITH FOX!!!

    • If it wasnt for movie studios paying the big bucks for Marvels character rights, Marvel as a company would have died out when it went bankrupt. If you think Marvel would do a better job with the X-Men films, fine.

      But Fox buying the X-Men, and making the X-Men films was the best thing to happen to Marvel. You think if Fox had not done such a good job, mostly, with the X-films, that Marvel would be producing movies now? If Sony and Fox hadnt made big bucks with X-Men and Spider-man, would Marvel Studios still have been given that large amount of cash off the Merrill Lynch Commercial Finance Corp to produce and make their own films?

      Fox may be more concerned with making money at the box office, than telling a by-the-book story in a comic book movie. They may change a characters origins, timelines, history and powers if it suits a films narrative, but news flash, so does Marvel. *cough* Red Skull *cough*

      As far as I’m concerned, we have Fox to thank for “The Avengers” next year. Go Fox!!

  14. I look at the films like this. First Class was the prequel to X-Men 1 and 2 (Bryan Singer had a big hand in all 3 of these films). I dont look at X-Men 3 or Wolverine as ever being made. I think we need First Class part 2 and continue on the path the 3 other films have led us down. If you look at only these 3 films then continuity issues, deaths that shouldnt happen, and under developed stories are no longer a factor.

    • If you look at only those three films, that doesn’t even pretend to explain how Sebastian Shaw and Hank McCoy’s roles in X2 are explicable in any way.

      Don’t get me wrong… I loved all three of those films, but First Class really needs to be treated as a straight reboot.

      • @ Josh

        Even with Jackman’s Cameo & what the makers already mentioned about the film being a prequel?

  15. This whole franchise is in disarray… Doing a X4 AFTER that terrible X3 AND the XMFC “reboot set within the established continuity of the existing X films” would just further destroy a beloved comic franchise. They should just start from scratch and follow the continuity established by the XMFC film and take it from there, recasting and never mentioning or referencing any of the X1-3 or XOW movies (sorry Jackman, you’re done). I swear the X-Men movies have become the Highlander Franchise

    • @ Ray

      That’s a idea by starting a franchis from First Class but still, i think it would confuse the general audience. There’s still Jackman’s Cameo appearance within First Class & people behind franchise stating that film is a prequel to the trilogy itself. Singer could however make a film that follows the first two films while ignoring the events of X3 & X-Men:Origins Wolverine. Just as he did with the Superman Returns ignoring Superman 3&4. That would be imo, a better way to handle the franchise other than reboot the whole thing years down the road. They do that, than i want the rights to go Marvel Studios.

      • I don’t see why they would have to ignore the Wolverine:Origins movie aside from the fact people just didn’t like it. It actually tried to maintain some continuity as a prequel. They just put characters in the movie that were out of place but, First Class did the same thing so I don’t see what the difference is.

  16. The idea of a 4th and 5th movie after Last Stand just seems like the producers talking to make it seem like they have something in the pipe for this property. If they can’t get this Wolverine movie off the ground then all they have at this point are a sequel to First Class and possibly Deadpool.

    The longer this goes the more likely Marvel gets it back and at this point it would probably be for the best. The characters and stories under Fox and the producers of this movie have hit the wall and they really have little room for growth. Living off the goodwill of the initial movie from a decade ago really does not change the fact these movies has little in the way of cohesion.

  17. instead of bringing back cyclops or the phenox.. they should add in cyclops brother Havok, and bring back nightcrawler,archangel and professor X (only talking to them in their Minds), and Hugh Jackman should continue to be Wolverine.. he was meant to be the Wolverine.

  18. After Last Stand and First Class, it is flat-out impossible for X4 to be anything other than an atrocity. At this point, they need to declare the X-Men movie-verse rebooted, stick with the FC setting and go ahead and make Wolverine and Deadpool and not acknowledge X1-3. That way they can make their X-Men movies, they’ll already have their cast and they don’t have to worry about continuity since, you know, they obviously already weren’t.

    • @ Baalthor

      They already made it clear that First Class is a prequel to X-Men 1-3. Imo i wouldn’t say X4 wouldn’t be impossible. They could use characters like Bishop or Cable. Cyclops & Jean can be brought back for sure & they can surely not make so-called Cure perminate as we seen Magneto still had his abilities. Heck, they could ignore the events of X3 completely just as Superman Returns ignores Superman 3&4.

  19. I don’t think Wollverine needed a sequel, but I guess we’ll see. A sequel to First Class, however, I would welcome with open arms.

  20. As previously stated, I’m for Marvel getting the film rights to The X-men back. But if thats not going to happen, like to see this happen. Fox owns xmen and ff. So the next movie should be a “tweaking” not a reboot, of both franchises. Both teams together in the same movie. They should call it, ( of course ) X4. And make it a superhero movie. Not a “mutant versus humankind” movie. That would be cool as hell.

  21. Now we’ve seen Chris Evan do a rather impressive take on Captain America, would’nt be great if we got to see the Wolverine/Corporal James Howlett part of Caps past during the second World War Normandy landings or something similar taking on Baron Zemo. This could have Liev Schriber/Victor Creed(Sabretooth) & Hugh Jackman/James Howlett(Wolverine) working with Chris Evans/Captain America. I belive that a WW2 Marvel movie would be cool, after all we had a small taste with the Captain America movie.

  22. Still don’t understand why they didn’t start with Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s portrayal of Wolverine to begin with. Such a waist of time doing anything other than Frank’s story. We had to suffer through so many failed Batman movies until hollywood got it right. Wolverine is a badass not a children’s movie character. Can’t wait!

  23. i liked x- 1 x-2 and fc x-3 was crap wolverine had promise but failed in my opion. if they do an x-4 they should start were x-2 left off and dissreguard x-3 all together. fc ignored x-3 and wolverine why not x-4 if there is one.

  24. They should def do two sequels to first class bringing in bar el bohusk aka beak,glob Herman,husk,chamber,cylops,storm,and Jean, and use bad guys like sinister,John sublime,and the sentinels. Then in x-men 4, and 5 create archangel with the blue mutation enhancer that mystique had in first class and bring the whole group together like nightcrawler,gambit,iceman,colossus,Tito bohusk,and the rest. And bring back cyclops. Also. They need to show how toad,blob,and sabretoothe join magneto, and how they know Stryker in x-2 maybe that’s where magneto and Charles join back up freeing mutants from Stryker like beak and the rest fromstrykers sentinels.

  25. i don’t care which characters are in x4… keep making movies

  26. To me, X3 wasn’t that good. X-Z still remains my favourite X-men movie. I prefer it to first class, but I still give first class honourable mention. I would have liked to see some more hands on action between mutants instead of just blasting your powers around.
    Since they killed off some of those characters in last stand, they better have an incredible story-line for X4 and X5 and characters (Night-crawler anyone?), but I’m not too fussy about it. Lets see what The Wolverine and First Class 2 have in store.

  27. I have to be the only person in the entire world who loved
    “The Last Stand” we finally got to see the “X-Men” training in the Danger Room, which they should definitely show more of, we got to see the X-Men fighting real battles!!! When Storm few up in the air and did her spinning thing, it was freaking awesome!
    The only thing I didn’t like was that Rogue gave up her powers.
    WHEN X-Men 4 DOES come out, I hope she gets them back.
    There is 40 years of stories left for them to tell!
    I like the direction the story was taking from last stand.
    The cure isn’t permanent, mutants were more out in the open,
    Magnetos powers are back, Professor Xavier is still alive,
    Maybe Magneto will return and finish what he started in X-Men (2000).
    Threatening the Mutants new found “acceptance.”
    Throw in a few Sentinals and ya’ll would line up to go see it.
    Just like me! So stop critizing these awesome superheor movies before they stop makig them. X-Men 4 should happen, will happen,
    Without a doubt! Ps. They need to bring in Wolverines clone “X-23″ in already!!!