Hugh Jackman On Ideas For THE WOLVERINE Sequel, Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Hugh Jackman On Ideas For THE WOLVERINE Sequel, Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

"There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even formed yet," says Hugh Jackman on his next Wolverine film with James Mangold. Jackman also briefly touches on Days of Future Past.

The Wolverine sequel

Talking to Entertainment Weekly to promote the release of The Wolverine on blu-ray and dvd, Hugh Jackman briefly touched on the recently announced sequel. "I did love the Japanese saga — it was one of the first ones I read while making [the first] X-Men, actually. I remember thinking, 'This would make a great movie.' … It’s interesting because it’s very rare, even with the Japanese saga, to make [a single story] into a film. You end up using one as a basis, then you’ll draw really cool things from others." I'm not sure most people around these parts would agree with you Hugh. As Jackman acknowledged, The Wolverine was really the first X-Men film to focus in on a single story rather than pick and pull from a number of storylines from the X-Men comics. The result, was one of the most lucrative and critically acclaimed X-Men films to date. The natural inclination should be for Fox to make that approach the blueprint. However, it sounds like Fox may be back to their old approach for The Wolverine sequel. "To make a movie, obviously you need to do more than just one comic. There are some really cool ideas [about The Wolverine sequel] that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even formed yet, you know what I mean?" Again, most would disagree with the idea that you need more than one story or idea from the comics to make a good superhero movie.

Elsewhere, USA Today also spoke with Jackman about The Wolverine and also touched on his role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Speaking on the latter, Jackman shared, "[Wolverine's] less reluctant to help out and join in, but the stakes are definitely higher in this movie than ever before. He still occupies that same role as being devil's advocate with everybody. He just doesn't accept. He gets roped into having to do this mission that he's probably not the right person for but is the only one physically able to do it."

USA Today also has a clip from the blu-ray extras which takes a look at James Mangold and Jackman behind-the-scenes on The Wolverine.

Six Stories James Mangold And Hugh Jackman Could Use In THE WOLVERINE Sequel
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ricko8687 - 12/4/2013, 5:07 AM
Really loved the Wolverine and the unrated version even better. Bring on the sequel
McNyagano - 12/4/2013, 5:09 AM
Wolverine and the X-Men: DOFP is what they should rename the film to. ;)
Brainiac13 - 12/4/2013, 5:09 AM
Great Movie.

MightyZeus - 12/4/2013, 5:15 AM
The Wolverine extended version was great.Really interested to know what's installed for the sequel.

As for XMDOFP the movie better not have the main focus on Wolverine.
jlabatman - 12/4/2013, 5:17 AM
Need to buy the Wolverine extended version, loved the movie in theaters!
jimoakley666 - 12/4/2013, 5:20 AM
Need to see the extended version. Hope it comes out on dvd. I don't do blue rays.
GUNSMITH - 12/4/2013, 5:28 AM

SuperCat - 12/4/2013, 5:36 AM
Alpha flight!
MercwithMouth - 12/4/2013, 5:37 AM
I LOVED the Wolverine! Was the best CBM of 2013. I cannot wait for the sequel.

Here's hoping for Daken and X-23!
charlie2094 - 12/4/2013, 5:51 AM
I don't think Viper was at all needed in The Wolverine, but I think all the best cbms pull from various comics like TDK (Killing Joke, Long Halloween) TDKR (no mans land, knight fall), IM3 (Extremis, various mandarin stories)...isn't always the case though, Wolverine would've been best served solely using the Japan Story, no mechanical silver samurai or Viper

Depends on the film tbh and how well they're handled, can go wrong like Spider-Man 3, X3 or right like TDK

Loved Wolverine, looking forward to the sequel! :D
TheWolverine08 - 12/4/2013, 5:53 AM
Can't wait for the sequel. I hope Mangold goes HAM.
Kyos - 12/4/2013, 6:13 AM
I really liked the Extended Cut. If they'd sell it seperately I'd likely have bought it by now, but since it's only available in the bundle with the 3D version of the theatrical cut at 25-30€ I won't.
MarkJulian - 12/4/2013, 6:13 AM
@Charlie2094 You lost me at Iron Man 3.
YoungThanos - 12/4/2013, 6:17 AM
The US is buying less and less of Fox's comicbook crap. I still have hope that F4 will revert back to Marvel. Fox can do whatever they want with X-men since I wont buy it either way.
JDUKE25 - 12/4/2013, 6:18 AM
Finally saw The Wolverine last night. Excellent movie!! Got me even more excited for DOFP.
JDUKE25 - 12/4/2013, 6:21 AM
Viper wasn't needed? True she wasn't the most thrilling villain of all time, but she was able to suppress Logan's healing ability until they figured out why he wasn't healing properly. That was something he had to struggle with and overcome.
Jackraow21 - 12/4/2013, 6:25 AM
@davideodus Yes!!! Bring on X-Force ASAP! I love Wolverine and actually enjoy Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but I need a break from him to be honest. Give me Cable, Deadpool, Psylocke, etc.
TheGreenBastard - 12/4/2013, 6:26 AM
This is the movie I'm most looking forward to next year.
Vegeta - 12/4/2013, 6:28 AM
Days Of Future Past is going to own next year!
Jackraow21 - 12/4/2013, 6:33 AM
Yeah, DoFP is going to be great I think, and hopefully it sets up Phase II of the FOX X-men franchise so that going forward we can get new threats, more badasses beyond just Wolverine, etc.
Namor - 12/4/2013, 6:37 AM
We got to go to Japan, now i hope they bring us to Russia and get to watch Logan and Omega Red battle it out in the Russian Wilderness.
ExAmaxis - 12/4/2013, 6:51 AM
The Wolverine was ok.
I 'm still hoping, though, that some day we 'll get a different version by Marvel.
Anyway, i don't disagree with Hugh Jackman. I think that having a single story from a particular comic book as basis, and then fill it with various bits and peaces from other comic books, it has two advantages:
1st) by merging a serious number of notable stories from the superhero's entire life, means that you are able to flesh out almost the 100% of the superhero's caliber within three movies (trilogy).
and 2nd) you can set a consistent time frame through out the trilogy that the superhero can "live" and the audience can follow.
TheDemonsHead - 12/4/2013, 6:53 AM
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will do something a comic book movie hasn't been great at doing in a while (The Wolverine is the exception, the struggle was beautiful in that film)........ Heavily Relate to us Humans in the audience
gambgel - 12/4/2013, 6:58 AM
"the only one capable of doing it"

yeah, Hugh, Wolverine is GOD and the rest are crap, right?

on the comics many mutants time travel, same with tv shows and movie, but yet on X-Men franchise only Wolverine can do it?

Yeah, yeah
KeefNCookies - 12/4/2013, 7:04 AM
Why would anyone think its ok to have the video viewer play without me clicking on it? @$$hole(s).

Awful movie, could barely sit through it. DOFP doesnt look any better but what comes after may be of interest.
pointman - 12/4/2013, 7:08 AM
The more this guy opens his mouth the more I really start to burn my wolverine comics. But I can't do that since I have given them all away. Singers lapdog has been promising the "real" wolverine for fourteen years now. He is full of hot air. Everyone wonders why a second rate character like IRON MAN dominates Marvel now. Ever look at the first run on the suit? It was singer esque as well. Someone pulled the plug on that and got granov on board. RDJ helped that movie go to places but my bet is that the suit was the real star. The next two iron man movies showed that he couldn't carry the story by himself.
Let it go Jackman. Give us someone UNDER six foot at least and a costume and watch the film hit 600 million.
TheRationalNerd - 12/4/2013, 7:32 AM
I honestly think they'll go the route of either...

-Picking up where Wolverine is left off in Days of Future Past and revisit Weapon X to get the story right.

-Wolvie going to Canada

-Modern Weapon X birth of (X-23)


All I know is that the film is said to take place after The Wolverine and before X-Men: Days of Future Past. So that's the only reason why I'm a bit puzzled. :/ lol

What do you guys think?
Tainted87 - 12/4/2013, 7:42 AM

So why do we want to get rid of Hugh Jackman again?
TheWolverine08 - 12/4/2013, 7:47 AM
@pointman Iron Man dominates Marvel in movie regards and nothing else. Go look at his comics, he isn't doing too hot. Iron Man is just currently riding a wave of popularity from RDJ, it remains to see if the character is actually popular enough to remain a star without Robert highlighting him.
DanteSparda - 12/4/2013, 8:09 AM
So they are looking for ideas for a Wolverine sequel, and Marvel Studios is looking for ideas for a Hulk solo movie, if onyl they could reach an agrement and make Hulk VS Wolverine...
Dunejedi - 12/4/2013, 8:10 AM
Cherry-picking mother[frick]res. Just because he plays Logan well does not make him an expert on what makes a good Wolvie flick. Most of what's wrong with IM3 is due to RDJ and Black's [frick]-buddy input. Let the ( right ) storytellers tell the story and let the actors act.

@Tyrus Hell yeah! Toshiro Mifune is the Shogun! Great mini-series, I should watch that ish again soon.

@Namor Double Hell yeah! I'd buy that for a dollar.
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/4/2013, 9:01 AM
If only the continuity was better in these films. Because in general, except for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Last Stand, all the other movies were pretty good and DoFP looks good so far too. And I'd also like less focus on Wolverine, more focus on Cyclops because they really hate Cyclops for a weird reason that only Bryan Singer knows.
TheBeard - 12/4/2013, 9:14 AM
i picked up the unrated version last night, it is better.

the unrated ninja scene is awesome
m0th3r - 12/4/2013, 9:22 AM
@YoungThanos Your 100% right..their US box office numbers have been falling since one wants to hear it, but at 350m for DOFP that needs about 700 to be consider successful..that a HUGE number they will hope that plus the FF fan reaction will cause them to step back...start over with just a mutant filled universe, and let FF revert...
thatsjarrod - 12/4/2013, 10:28 AM
Two. Words.

Dead. Pool.
manofmidgard - 12/4/2013, 11:05 AM
yes, using stories actually from the comics works better.
now realize that using costumes actually from the comics is also better.
then reboot the whole damn universe and we're getting somewhere.
props to hugh as an amazing wolverine. none of the glaring problems in the x-movie-verse are his fault.
pointman - 12/4/2013, 11:15 AM
@the wolverine

You are right. I was a big collector of IM since the 80's and understand the mythos. Marvel isn't doing that great book wise all around IMHO. Their flagship character (wolverine) hasn't done well since the movies have come out and I blame the movies directly. My point is that the armor (costumes) sell the movies as much if not more than the actors do.
TheHitchhikingGhost - 12/4/2013, 11:49 AM
Will Logan have his adamantium claws in DOFP or those shit bone-claws?
TheFox - 12/4/2013, 12:07 PM
Not fond of the blatant, repetitive editorializing in this article. Just wanted to throw that out there.

I actually DO think you can craft a quality superhero movie from aspects of multiple comic book plots and storylines. Just look at X2-- it borrowed heavily from Weapon X and God Loves, Man Kills, and synthesized them into a fantastic film that stood on its own merits rather than copying another creator's work beat-for-beat.

The same goes for the entire Dark Knight trilogy (which borrowed from Batman: Year One, The Long Halloween, "The Man Who Falls", the first appearance of the Joker, Knightfall, No Man's Land, and The Dark Knight Returns, among others), Man of Steel (YEAH, I SAID IT; it borrowed a lot from John Byrne's Man of Steel and Superman: Birthright), and plenty of others that didn't feel the need to be beholden to a single comic storyline to tell a good story.

Yes, there were DEFINITELY some duds in there, too; Green Lantern borrowed from GL Rebirth and Emerald Dawn, but since those stories have radically different portrayals of Hal Jordan, the whole thing turned into a huge, confused mess. And let's not even get STARTED on Daredevil, which seemed intent on being a "Greatest Hits" of Man Without Fear storylines stapled together with no narrative cohesion. But that's not to say that sticking to adapting a single comic story is always a guaranteed winner-- Watchmen was a tonally misguided but nearly perfect adaptation of Alan Moore's work, and it was a pretty big letdown. Other than that, I can't think of too many direct adaptations in comic book cinema... I think most filmmakers don't like to be constrained by a single preexisting work if they have an entire, imaginative universe to play with.

So yeah, that's just my two cents.

mctrinket - 12/4/2013, 12:52 PM
A secret?
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