Not much has been revealed yet about the upcoming Wolverine 3, which is intended to be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the titular mutant. A number of rumors have been flying, though, fueled by comments from various people associated with the production.
The latest round of rumors reiterates two of the most commonly rumored aspects of the film: It will adapt the Old Man Logan story from the comics, and it will shoot for an R rating. While this is still not 100% confirmed, the recent success of Deadpool does make it more likely that Fox is considering going into bloodier territory with Jackman’s final bow.
This latest rumor comes from Den of Geek, which cites multiple unnamed sources close to the production. According to the site, the intention has been to adapt Old Man Logan for a while and an R rating has been the plan since discussions about the film began. The success of Deadpool will likely help to cement Fox’s decision to pursue more mature content with the movie, but it isn’t the only factor that pushed the Old Man Logan idea into a hard R rating.
For those not familiar with the story, Old Man Logan tells the story of Wolverine as the last surviving X-Man in a dystopian world where he has vowed to never use his claws again. A film version would likely be a very loose retelling of the story since it would need to eliminate a large part of the supporting cast due to rights issues; in the comics, characters like the Hulk, Hawkeye, the Red Skull and even the Venom symbiote were featured notably and very few characters from the X-Men universe showed up at all. While this means we won’t see Logan using Iron Man’s armor or Captain America’s shield, the core story could still be told with different characters. Mark Millar, the writer of Old Man Logan and creative consultant for Fox’s Marvel properties, explained that it wouldn’t be difficult to substitute characters because the story was structured more around Logan’s journey than the people he encounters:
“The way I worked [the series] is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically. I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later.”
Even with changes to the supporting cast, seeing Old Man Logan adapted to the screen would be a dream come true for a lot of fans. The miniseries was one of the biggest requests when Jackman asked fans what they would like to see in a third Wolverine film, and it would allow Wolverine to let go in a way that he hasn’t been able to in the past. The biggest roadblock that some might have seen for the adaptation is that people are used to the X-Men/Wolverine films being more PG-13 material, but this apparently isn’t enough of an issue for Fox to try and keep the story contained to the milder rating.
There will likely be some fans who aren’t thrilled with the news, since even if the characters and adversaries were added after the story was plotted out, they still by and large worked out well in the original comic. Like Deadpool, though, an R-rated adaptation of Old Man Logan seems to largely be giving fans what they want. If nothing else, it will give Hugh Jackman a chance to really let loose before he hangs his claws up for good.
Deadpool is now in theaters; X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 are also in development.
Source: Den of Geek