Hugh Jackman Confirms That THE WOLVERINE Will Be A "Standalone" Movie

Hugh Jackman comments on the decision not to label the upcoming film as a sequel and shares his thoughts on not overloading The Wolverine with too many mutants (a problem which plagued X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Read on for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 8/13/2012

"We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture," Hugh Jackman told Total Film in a recent interview (via The Geek Files). "With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic." This will come as good news to fans who are STILL seething over the portrayal of characters like Deadpool and Emma Frost in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Jackman went on to also assure fans that the same problem won't plague The Wolverine. "The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."

As for how the idea for the Japan set storyline came about, Jackman says, "[We] went to Christopher McQuarrie, who was involved in X-Men and The Usual Suspects. He's a brilliant writer and he came up with a concept that was just phenomenal. I rang Jeffrey [Katzenberg (Dreamworks Animation CEO)] and he went 'Great, now you have a good idea, just go for it.' I'm just really glad it's happening. For a while it's felt like a rocky ride. I think it's the best idea we've had, the strongest script we've had and that now we really have an opportunity to make something really great." He jokingly added, "I've been waiting for it so long now. I think half the material in my one-man show is about the wait for The Wolverine!"

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LMB10 - 8/13/2012, 6:37 AM
Knew it would be standalone.
TheDARKestKNIGHT - 8/13/2012, 6:40 AM
Though it's still fox I'm somewhat optimistic. One of my favorite characters and based off one of my favorite stories of call time.
ksommer - 8/13/2012, 6:41 AM
It also means that it probably doesn't follow the same continuity path as the other films. Probably being more f'ed up like Fox always does.
mctrinket - 8/13/2012, 6:49 AM
So the adamantium bullet didn't give him amnesia? LOL.
Mugwamp - 8/13/2012, 6:52 AM
Is it just me or is the ad space on the sides, top, and bottom, of this site getting larger and the CBM info space is shrinking?
TheAbomination - 8/13/2012, 6:53 AM
This movie better get an R rating. Seriously. They better not hold back.
NerdyGeek - 8/13/2012, 6:53 AM
good.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 8/13/2012, 6:56 AM
Yes! I was hoping that this would be a stand alone film. Great news.
Bandrews1 - 8/13/2012, 6:57 AM
@TheAbomination I completely agree.
jimoakley666 - 8/13/2012, 7:01 AM
Cool. Looking forward to it.
NerdyGeek - 8/13/2012, 7:03 AM
It won't be Rated R!

NerdyGeek - 8/13/2012, 7:04 AM
Meanwhile at FOX!

Starlight - 8/13/2012, 7:07 AM
I hope this one is better, the first one SUCKED !!!
TruePunishment - 8/13/2012, 7:07 AM
You're dense if you think Fox would give up money for an R rating.
Fogs - 8/13/2012, 7:07 AM
Rated R? Not gonna happen, sorry.
SuperSomething616 - 8/13/2012, 7:09 AM
Xmen Origins: Wolverine was a rush job to get fox an Xmen named movie so they wouldnt lose the rights....nuff said!!!
blueorangeny - 8/13/2012, 7:12 AM
SMH. If only MARVEL had control of this instead of FOX. I'm DC but I have a special place in my heart for this character.
TheSoulEater - 8/13/2012, 7:15 AM
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supermarioworldE - 8/13/2012, 7:15 AM
Every X-Men movie has been a stand alone Wolverine picture. Why would this be any different?
DJAXE - 8/13/2012, 7:19 AM
Need to stratch all the X-Men movies and start again. Give it to Disney, at least they might make something decent out of it.
valeriesghost - 8/13/2012, 7:23 AM
Mark Cassidy and Rormachine are the same person, Puyguy
blvdnoise - 8/13/2012, 7:24 AM
Oh, so how Origins should have been.
valeriesghost - 8/13/2012, 7:25 AM
I'm actually looking forward to this one. There's no way it could be worse then the first. Stand alone and Japan saga seem like a win to me. I'm not sure about rewrites, but if Arnofsky was attached at one point I would think they're on to something with this story.
ralfinader - 8/13/2012, 7:37 AM
God I hope thats true. Shoe-horned in Mutant cameos blow the balls that nobody else would blow.
MisterNiceGuy - 8/13/2012, 7:48 AM
(/. .)/ TO THE WINDOWS!!!!
\(. .\) TO THE WALLS!!!!
THIS MOVIE CAN SUCK MY BALLS!!!!
Thegoddamnbatman52 - 8/13/2012, 7:52 AM
They should try to fit this in to the first class continuity that way he can cross over with the xmen in this rebooted universe with out continuity issues
DanteSparda - 8/13/2012, 7:56 AM
Good, though I think Hugh already stated that it would be a stand alone film.

Also for those who want a R-Rated film, Hugh Jackman aslo stated his desire for a R-Rated Wolverine movie, and he also happens to be one of the producers, I'm sure we will never get to see a R rated The Wolverine in teathers, but perhaps a special edition DVD, with a director's cut with blood, gore and sliced bodies.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/13/2012, 8:02 AM
Its not gonna be great if the makers are not passionated about it. And only thing Fox is passionated is making money... so... lets hope at least watchable film.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/13/2012, 8:03 AM
Dante@ Good idea. They should at least make unrated version for dvd and bluray.
xXkryptoniteXx - 8/13/2012, 8:06 AM
I hope they wipeout the nasty taste from the first one.
PeterParker1991 - 8/13/2012, 8:13 AM
Good news. Though I enjoyed Origins, I'd prefer this be a stand alone.
SimyJo - 8/13/2012, 8:16 AM
Last chance to get this right. This bombs and its pretty much all over for Jackman and Co's Wolverine.

I genuinely hope its all we imagine it could be.
ralfinader - 8/13/2012, 8:29 AM
"You can't have "too many" mutants in a mutant movie. That always sounded dumb when ppl kept saying it. Its like saying you have too many people in a movie about people."

It may sound dumb, but Wolverine isn't a movie about mutants, just a movie that features one. And the first solo outing by Wolvie proved that getting a shit-ton of mutants in a movie do nothing to make it better or interesting, and make for a shitty mess when not handled properly. Putting in a name just to get it in the movie, and ignoring the previous films and comicbook histories to do it, and serve no other purpose except to get the name out there, bring the movie down to the mess that was Origins and, IMO, First Class. To many charactors are an issue when dealing with the X-Men, but it shouldn't have been an issue Origins had to deal with, yet it was. I hope he ain't blowing hot air, and he and Samurai are the only two super powered folk in the movie.
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 8/13/2012, 8:37 AM
Hugh Jackman is a great guy with a truck load of passion for the character. But that clearly wasn't enough to stop FOX butchering Origins. However, even as I completely wrote off any FOX related CBM after Origins they have clawed (pun intended) their way back a little with First Class.

So will this movie be any good?

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DanteSparda - 8/13/2012, 8:41 AM
@SimyJo

So damn right, I mean, I love Hugh Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine, mostly because of his performance in X-Men 2 and his voice acting in the X-Men: Wolverine Origins game, but if The Wolverine movie ends up being another dud then it could probably ground the character for a really long while, though perhaps Wolverine is set to appear in X-Men: Days of the future past regardless of the success of The Wolverine.

@TelaVizion

Dude, when producers say "too many mutants" they're refering to having too many main characters.
Gerrit - 8/13/2012, 8:44 AM
Although the films are not that great, I love Jackman's passion for the character and I'm looking forward to this movie.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 8/13/2012, 8:51 AM
wear the freaking suit and cowl THAT'S ALL WE CARE ABOUT!
Talontd - 8/13/2012, 8:53 AM
Hugh Jackman loves this character SOOOO much, and this will probably be his last portrayal...He always gives credit to the character for his current level of fame, and despite how terrible the last one was, I truly believe he has always tried to respect the source material....based purely on that, I really hope he goes out with a bang with this one....he deserves it....
MisterNiceGuy - 8/13/2012, 8:57 AM
Love HJ, hate him as Wolvie though
CaptainAmerica31 - 8/13/2012, 9:08 AM
Why would you want those cheesy spandex with the cowl? You know that's a little far fetched especially for a character like wolvirine, he doesn't need a suit that's just cheesy.
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