SFX recently spoke to Hugh Jackman about his return to the role of Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past. They also asked him about Wolverine 3 currently in development. It seems playing Wolverine for an eighth time may not be the done deal that everyone assumes.
On where he wants to take Logan next in Wolverine 3?
“I don’t know yet. We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.”
Would they take it back to Japan:
“I’d probably move it to a different visual palette. I’m pretty sure that would move.”
Any classic comic book storylines that they’re looking at:
“Well, of course we’re looking at Old Man Logan, because that may be the only option left at this point! [laughs] We are looking at a lot of different storylines. No one has jumped out. You can tell from my answer that we’re still working it out. I’m working with Jim Mangold, which is exciting. Jim came on board The Wolverine after Darren [Aronofsky] left, so he inherited it. And of all the things that Jim can do, one of the great things he does is develop scripts. I’m excited to see what we can come up with, but I haven’t signed on signed on. I’m genuinely at that point where unless it’s better than the last one I’m not going to do it.”
If it’s not as good as the last one:
“If the script is as good? Hm. I don’t know if that will get me across the line, man. I think it has to be better. I can still see where we can improve on the last one. I love the intimacy of that story, I liked the small stuff, I liked that it was a little unexpected. I don’t want to get into specifics, because it just upsets people, but there are certain parts of that story where I felt we were predictable. And I don’t think you need to do that with Wolverine. What’s exciting is that you can make it a more interior story, and people actually prefer that. And that was good to show and convince everyone – especially everyone who greenlights the movies!”
He kind os laughs off Old Man Logan, but that would make a great movie! Of course they would have to adapt it considering that many of the supporting cast cinematic rights are owned by Marvel.