Last week Screen Rant reported on the fact that Hugh Jackman would like to see the Wolverine sequel involve the Japanese saga from the original comics. But at that point it was just the wishful, albeit informed, thinking of the Wolverine actor and not actual confirmation that that's the direction a sequel would go.
Seed Productions, which is a company started by Jackman, Deborah-Lee Furnass and John Palermo (and is associated with 20th Century Fox), has started ramping up several projects for Jackman to star in. And, yes, one of which is the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Seed are planning to focus squarely on the Japanese storyline that Jackman wishfully spoke of last time he was interviewed about the sequel, which is set to continue on from the after-credits sequence [possible spoiler ahead] that saw Jackman in Japan, speaking the lingo. Seed will produce the film, as they did with Wolverine, but no writer has been hired to write the script as of yet.
The other projects on the horizon for Jackman include Personal Security, which will see the Australian play a tough police detective; an adaptation of a James Sallis novel called Drive which will see him drive race cars by-day and getaway cars by-night; and a modern version of the Rogers & Hammerstein musical Carousel in which Jackman will play Bill Bigelow.
Oh, and for those of you who enjoyed his little performance at the beginning of the Oscars earlier this year, along with Carousel, Jackman also plans to star in a Broadway musical next year called Houdini. It is to be directed by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray) with the music written by Danny Elfman (a regular of Tim Burton).
Wow, Jackman is certainly going to be a busy boy over the next couple of years or so. It's good to see him take on a variety of roles, particularly those which are undoubtedly a lot smaller in scale than any of the X-Men movies. However, it appears that Wolverine is where a lot of his passion lies, going by his enthusiasm for the sequel's Japanese angle that we know they are planning.
That passion can only be a good thing for the Wolverine sequel...
So what do you think of them moving ahead with the Japanese storyline for the Wolverine sequel? What do you make of the other projects that have been lined up for Jackman?