Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Future In Doubt?

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Future In Doubt?

"I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie," says Hugh Jackman on The Wolverine sequel. Could Jackman be hanging up his claws after X-Men: Days of Future Past? What about X-Men: Apocalypse?

What are the chances Hugh Jackman decides he doesn't want to do the next solo Wolverine movie? What are the chances 20th Century Fox decides to move ahead any way and recast the role? These are the questions raised in Hugh Jackman's chat with Vanity Fair to promote the release of The Wolverine on blu-ray/dvd. When asked outright about a sequel, Jackman stated, "I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of this movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn’t reach those, I won’t be doing it."

Yesterday, X-Men: Apocalypse was announced for 2016 meaning that film will likely come before any potential sequel to The Wolverine given Jackman's comments on the status of that project. "No there is not [a script in place] but Jim Mangold and I were literally on the phone last night talking about ideas but there is no script and no writer yet so it’s a way off."

At 45, one has to wonder how much longer Jackman can continue to play a near-immortal mutant who ages at a greatly reduced rate. After Days of Future Past, there's 'Apocalypse', another James Mangold 'Wolverine' solo-feature and an 'X-Force' film from Jeff Wadlow - all potential vehicles for Jackman to star in or co-star. And with Fox recently hiring Simon Kinsberg to develop their shared universe with the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer, it's hard to imagine the studio slowing development of its superhero properties for any reason, even Jackman. For comparison's sake, Marvel Studios has already stated they view the Iron Man role as akin to James Bond, meaning that eventually, they'll just recast the role and keep pumping out films. Would that approach work for Wolverine after Jackman has enjoyed such a long tenure?

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MrCBM56 - 12/6/2013, 4:45 AM
It's going to be sad seeing him leave..
Jollem - 12/6/2013, 4:47 AM
TheRedSkull - 12/6/2013, 4:49 AM
I'm still shocked this was announced today. It's definitely to compete with the release of TASM2s Trailer.
KnobGoblin - 12/6/2013, 4:49 AM
According to Mangold, The Wolverine sequel would potentially fit in between The Wolverine and Days of Futures Past. Meaning that whatever happens in DOFP shouldn't effect the sequel to The Wolverine, as it'll take place before the events of that movie.
FerFogs - 12/6/2013, 4:50 AM
Logan ages, just slowly. Hope they can have Old Man Logan / Cable in the Apocalypse movie.
miguelus - 12/6/2013, 4:50 AM
...we don't want you in the next one. your wolverine ass has been everywhere! go away already, lmao...
lvcl - 12/6/2013, 4:51 AM
This is the end of Fox-Men movies
BackwardGalaxy - 12/6/2013, 4:51 AM
Jackman's the man. Every beloved superhero character should be played by someone who cares as much as he does.
MarkJulian - 12/6/2013, 4:52 AM
@FerFogs Yeah, never ages wasn't the sentiment I was trying to convey there. More like for all intents and purposes, he never ages.
maxleresistant - 12/6/2013, 4:53 AM
I'm just really tired of X-men wolverine centric movies.

I love the character, but one of a the reason first class was awesome was the fact that for once, wolverine wasn't as the center of the story.

Also if you want to do Wolverine centric movie, bring the R-rating and spill some guts... Otherwise it's not really Wolverine.
Nubase - 12/6/2013, 4:53 AM
he will be in all of them, age is not an issue, hugh looks afterself and the x men franchase need wolverine for promotional purposes.
TelaVizion - 12/6/2013, 4:54 AM
He is simply saying he's not doing a solo sequel unless the script is "perfect"... meaning no more overly drastic character changes like what was done in Origins.

Jollem - 12/6/2013, 4:54 AM
"Of course he'll come back, Fox are idiots to not have him under contract since they've based their entire Universe around this one actors portrayal of a character, basically they proved everyone else is irrelevant or replaceable."

replace fox with marvel studios and it sounds like you're talking about junior
TelaVizion - 12/6/2013, 4:55 AM
I want him in X-Force, but it'll be a chance for FOX to introduce ALL new mutants in that movie. Only connection to the others is that they are all mutants, and can make mention of the X-Men.

Take a risk, just don't drastically change characters.
Grievo - 12/6/2013, 4:56 AM
Yeah, he doesn't give a [frick] about quality control, he uses this tactic in between just about every X-movie to raise his pay. Doesn't care about the character, doesn't give remotely a squirt of poo about the fans, just keeps getting rehired to appease his mostly closeted gay fan base who would realize that he was ass as Wolverine if they just got their scantily clad man fantasies off through gay porn or professional wrestling.
feedonatreefrog - 12/6/2013, 4:57 AM
Recast after DOFP (or kill the character off). Send off the entire original cast with DOFP.

Set all the new X-Men movies in the new timeline with Fassbender, etc.

JordanKing - 12/6/2013, 4:57 AM
It's hard to imagine anyone else in the role, but I think it has come to the stage now where it does seem like a good time fo rhim to move on.
mbooch12 - 12/6/2013, 4:59 AM
Would I rather like to see Jackman in Apocalypse or the Mangold sequel?... Um duh, APOCALYPSE!
TheRationalNerd - 12/6/2013, 5:00 AM
Old Man Logan is BORING! lol It requires too many changes in order for it to work (characters) and it's setting would be way too early. In Old Mam Logan a Wolverine was pretty "old" (immortal wise that is lol) his hair was fully grey and everything while in Days of Future Past Logan is only peeking at old age with his grey "Mr.Fantastic" streaks. Really don't know why so many people want that over so many other different adventures. I'd prefer him going back to Canada, The creation of X-23/ Return of Weapon X or Daken.
SaxoWolf - 12/6/2013, 5:04 AM
Give Cyclops some love Fox!
TheWolverine08 - 12/6/2013, 5:05 AM
The best there is!
ALegendaryPanda - 12/6/2013, 5:07 AM

Dude, wtf are you talking about? Lol
Jollem - 12/6/2013, 5:08 AM
follow me on this thought here...

iron man 1 comes out. choc-filled with funny one-liners. big hit

tih comes out. not a funny-fest, but i thought it was quality. not a money-maker so much. not so much a big hit

now, they step back and go "how do we want to do this, then?"

one guy goes "the funny one made lots of money. let's keep doing that"

or...another way of saying it is: let's not pretend iron man isn't marvel studios' wolverine
revloveR - 12/6/2013, 5:10 AM
wolverine might age slowly, but he tends to look older anyway. jackman could play the role for another ten years and he'd be fine. it's a little too late to go recasting this role. i would have like brolin as logan but that's in the past.
gost - 12/6/2013, 5:12 AM
I say do a complete reboot and start over with the original X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Hank, and Angle) and give us continuity between the rebooted X-Men universe. Bring in Wolverine, Storm, and all the others later. All I'm asking for is for Fox to stay a bit closer to the source material is that so hard?
SkullFace616 - 12/6/2013, 5:14 AM
I'd like to see Jon Bernthal as Wolvie next
SpiderParker - 12/6/2013, 5:15 AM
Iron Man might be the golden boy of Marvel Studios but they are not pushing him down our throat.
InfiniteMonkey - 12/6/2013, 5:21 AM
WOT?! No more Wife-Beater movies?

50 movies promoting domestic violence is not enough.
Keep doing it, run it all the way to the ground so the money dries up...then give it back to the people that will do this character justice who are not afraid to put a hero in a proper costume.

Jollem - 12/6/2013, 5:22 AM
people like to exaggerate how much of a center point wolverine was. there was all kinds of stuff going on
TheRationalNerd - 12/6/2013, 5:23 AM
I don't think it's fair to compare The X-Men to The Avengers franchise because the Avengers is a team made up of individual "solo" characters. The X-Men are a team and there's no way that Wolverine has done EVERYTHING alone in through the past movies. It would only be best to compare the X-Men to each "Avenger Team" related movie but then again there's pros and cons to it. Even though Iron Man may be popular no one can say that he seemed to be in charge of the team until the very last 10-15 minutes of the film where basically everyone was in their own working in groups and etc.
Jollem - 12/6/2013, 5:23 AM
"Iron Man might be the golden boy of Marvel Studios but they are not pushing him down our throat."

thatiscrazy - 12/6/2013, 5:26 AM
Hopefully they will recast these movies and get real directors/Screen Writers. HJ was no Wolverine!
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/6/2013, 5:29 AM
Iron Man is probably the most popular character in the MCU but the other characters got almost equal screen time with him in the Avengers (except maybe for Hawkeye). On he other hand, Wolverine is literally everywhere in the X-Men franchise, even in First Class they couldn't help it and they added a cameo. And he isn't even the leader of the team! The real leader aka Cyclops did almost nothing and he is the only one we haven't heard of in DoFP. The point is, the Galaga guy had more character development than Cyclops. At least we know he likes Galaga!!!
Jollem - 12/6/2013, 5:31 AM

Brainiac13 - 12/6/2013, 5:31 AM
I call bullshit.......he was up for more after The Wolverine. ....just wants more doe!

MsDarkPhoenix - 12/6/2013, 5:31 AM
Hugh Jackman is a great Wolverine but ENOUGH! He can be Logan as long as he wants but I'd like other characters to get the spotlight too.
Ramiel - 12/6/2013, 5:33 AM
Trollem does what Trollem does best, and that is bring up Iron Man where IM is not even the topic of the article.
Jollem - 12/6/2013, 5:36 AM
@TheTeat - deal with it. you can't debate it
Tetrahedron - 12/6/2013, 5:36 AM
Hugh Jackman isn't the be all end all when comes to Wolverine. ANYBODY could play him, hell, give Josh Brolin a wife-beater and a pair of claws (and that hair) and I'm sure he'd pull off a great Logan (and then we'd finally get a short Wolvie).

Iron Man on the other hand is another matter entirely as Robert Downey Jr isn't playing Tony Stark he's playing a slightly exaggerated version of himself. Casting for that would be impossible.
Jollem - 12/6/2013, 5:39 AM
@Tyrus - but...he IS constantly thrown at us everywhere. way more than any other avenger. open your eyes, sir
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