Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has begun negotiations with The Wolverine director James Mangold to direct another solo "X-Men" film starring Hugh Jackman as Logan. Mangold is negotiating now to write the treatment for the film with Lauren Shuler Donner returning to produce. No word on what the storyline is, as Fox is keeping it under wraps for the time being.
To date, Mangold's The Wolverine has grossed $413.6 million at the worldwide box office and is the second-highest grossing film in the "X-Men" franchise behind X-Men: The Last Stand's $459.4 million.
Including the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the film will mark Hugh Jackman's eighth apperance as the character on the big screen. What do you want to see happen in the new movie? Sound off below!
We learned earlier this month that 20th Century Fox is looking to re-team The Wolverine helmer James Mangold with star Hugh Jackman for a big screen followup to the second solo tale of the Marvel mutant. Today, Jackman tells EW that, while they're making an active goal not to rush things, he and Mangold have the seeds of an idea for the storyline.
“I don’t want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one,” he explains. “I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. ...I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward... I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night. 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 [fully] formed yet.”
To date, Mangold's The Wolverine has grossed $414.7 million at the worldwide box office and is the second-highest grossing film in the "X-Men" franchise behind X-Men: The Last Stand's $459.4 million.
Including the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the film will mark Hugh Jackman's eighth appearance as the character on the big screen.
Even though he is already developing a third "Wolverine" film for 20th Century Fox, the man himself Hugh Jackman is seemingly once again having doubts about his return as the character. Speaking with Vanity Fair (via CBM), he said he was still on the fence about doing the next solo film.
"I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of (The Wolverine) 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."
Earlier this year, Jackman revealed he's not committed to any other future films in the "X-Men" franchise following next year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Though Jackman could always change his mind, as the actor was reportedly uninterested in "Days of Future Past" upon first learning about the project.
Following yesterday's announcement that James Mangold's sequel to last year's The Wolverine would be hitting theaters on March 3, 2017, Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has set David James Kelly to provide the screenplay with Hugh Jackman set to once again play the Ol' Canucklehead.
The next solo Wolverine film will mark either Jackman's eighth or ninth big screen appearance as the character, depending on whether or not Wolverine is part of Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, arriving in 2016.
Kelly wrote and directed the crime thriller short "Straw Man" in 2010. He was also attached briefly to Fox's final attempt at rebooting Daredevil before the rights ultimately reverted back to Marvel. He's also adapting the comic book series Mind Management for the studio.
Hugh Jackman has had a stellar career on the big screen as a superhero. Having appeared in all seven of the "X-Men" films, including the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, very few can lay claim to the same amount of time put into a single character on the big screen, but that time has to come to an end eventually. Jackman has previously expressed doubt about returning for the character, and even though it was previously reported that he will reprise the role for a third "Wolverine" film, the actor says that he still hasn't officially signed on for the film.
"I’m excited to see what we can come up with," Jackman said in an interview with SFX. "But I haven't signed on. I'm genuinely at that point where unless it's better than the last one I'm not going to do it."
When asked what story they might be looking at for the third film, Jackman replied:
"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."
Set to film after 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse, the third Wolverine film has already enlisted The Wolverine director James Mangold to return to the director's chair with David James Kelly set to pen the screenplay. It's scheduled to be released on March 3, 2017.
2016 will be a big year for 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” franchise as they have three films slated for release with Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse and Gambit, but lest we forget there is a third “Wolverine” film also in the cards. Not only is Hugh Jackman looking to reprise the role of Weapon X, but Patrick Stewart could be coming along for the ride.
“What I’m very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together,” Stewart told Oregon Live. “Wolverine and Professor Xavier. That would be a very different sort of ‘X-Men’ from the four movies that I’ve already done.”
Stewart also went on to contradict an earlier report on his co-star Ian McKellen by saying he will in fact appear in “Apocalypse”: “Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it.”
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 26, 2016 and will feature the return of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne with newcomers Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, and Tye Sheridan. Wolverine 3 is set for release on March 3, 2017 featuring a script by David James Kelly and directed by James Mangold.
Despite previously indicating that his time as Weapon X could come to an end, Hugh Jackman says in a new interview he’d like to keep playing the character of Wolverine until he dies. Jackman tells Cigar Aficionado (via E! Online) that watching Michael Keaton in Birdman stirred something inside him.
“I said to my wife, ‘The moral is that I should never stop playing Wolverine. I’ve got to find a way to keep playing him until I die.’ I know that someday they’ll recast the role with another actor…I’d be happy if the role was eventually recast. It would mean that it had become iconic.”
He went on to talk about his mindset for each time he plays Wolverine, saying he hopes to push himself more and more each time.
“I always want to be in better shape than I was for the last one. I don’t believe in stagnation. People say they try to maintain the status quo. But I believe the natural cycle means you’re either advancing and getting closer to something or you’re receding…Every time I play Wolverine I want to go further, physically and emotionally.”
There’s been no official word if Jackman will play the character in X-Men: Apocalypse, set for release on May 23, 2016, though he has teased there’s a possibility of his return. In addition, a third Wolverine film is set for release on March 3, 2017 which Patrick Stewart recently said could be a team-up film between Logan and Professor Xavier. David James Kelly is scripting the film which will once again be directed by James Mangold.
Despite saying a month ago that he wants to continue playing the character until he dies, Hugh Jackman revealed a cryptic teaser on his Instagram today with the caption “Wolverine… One Last Time” with three of his signature claws extended.
Previous reports on a third solo Wolverine film indicate that it won’t begin production until next year, meaning this photo could be Jackman refuting rumors that he will appear in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse though this remains unconfirmed. Check back here as we learn more.
Jackman has appeared as the character in every “X-Men” film to date, from being the focus of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine to just a cameo in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. His career as the character has lasted seven films over the course of 14 years.
Writer David James Kelly is currently penning the screenplay for the third “Wolverine,” which according to Patrick Stewart could see Logan and Professor Xavier teaming up.
Currently without an official title, Wolverine 3 is set for a release March 3, 2017 with James Mangold set to direct once again.
While Hugh Jackman has been coy about whether or not Wolverine will make an appearance in the upcoming Deadpool movie and/or X-Men: Apocalypse, we know that the Untitled Wolverine Sequel, coming March 3, 2017, will be his last time playing the role. Jackman appeared on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” today and was asked about wrapping up the role he’s played for 17 years. You can watch his response in the player below.
Jackman has appeared as the character in every “X-Men” film to date, from being the focus of 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine to just a cameo in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. His career as the character has lasted seven films.
Writer David James Kelly penned the screenplay for the third “Wolverine” movie, which, according to Sir Patrick Stewart, could see Logan and Professor Xavier teaming up. James Mangold is directing once again.
Production is slated to begin very soon on some of the most highly-anticipated movies for 2017 (and beyond) and thanks to My Entertainment World, we have an idea of when and where some of these features are set to begin production. Read on for the start dates and locations!
First is the upcoming Wolverine 3, which will reportedly begin production on April 25 with shooting locations in both New Orleans and New Mexico. Set to star Hugh Jackman as the title character, and pairing him with Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier, Wolverine 3 will be directed by James Mangold with the new film being penned by David James Kelly. It is set to arrive in theaters on March 3, 2017.
The recently-delayed Avatar 2 will also begin shooting in April, just around Tax Day, with production taking place once again in New Zealand. It will be directed by James Cameron from a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) with stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang set to return. No release date has been set for the first of three sequels.
Ghost in the Shell, which recently changed hands from Walt Disney Pictures to Paramount Pictures, will begin production this month and will shoot in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai, China. Set to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Rupert Sanders, the new Ghost in the Shell movie will offer a live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic cyberpunk manga series about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, and Sam Riley and will debut March 31, 2017.
The upcoming Blade Runner 2 is also targeting production soon, aiming to begin in July with principal photography to take place in the UK and Hungary. Denis Villeneuve is directing the film starring Ryan Gosling (The Big Short) and Harrison Ford (Star Wars), who is reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green have written the original screenplay based on an idea by Fancher and Ridley Scott. The story takes place several decades after the conclusion of the 1982 original.
Formally Prometheus 2, and then Alien: Paradise Lost, Alien: Covenant will begin production in April and will shoot in Sydney, Australia. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Michael Fassbender is expected to be the only returning cast member from Prometheus (Noomi Rapace might have a small role) with the film set to land in theaters on October 6, 2017.
Finally, Transformers 5 will reportedly begin production this May though no locations have been confirmed. Michael Bay will once again direct the film, which will see the return of Mark Wahlberg. Written by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan, the film is currently without an official release date.
With Deadpool decidedly in-the-black after one of the most stunning weekend box office performances of all-time, we can now expect many studios to start spicing up their superhero flicks with a healthy dose of blood, tinklebobs and bad words to go for the R-rated gold. Whether or not that was the reason for Deadpool‘s success, it seems that 20th Century Fox is already doubling down on that idea by granting the upcoming Wolverine 3 R-rating privileges, at least according to Reddit user RayChaos who just got back from Fox’s Toy Fair presentation and posted the following image:
This will not be the franchise’s first flirtation with an R, as the last picture The Wolverine was released on Blu-ray with an alternate unrated cut that provided fans with the most explicit mutant film to-date… until Deadpool, that is.
Though Patrick Stewart recently confirmed that he will be “making more than an appearance” in the upcoming Wolverine 3, there is still very little known about the project.
To be directed by James Mangold (who, in addition to helming The Wolverine, worked with Hugh Jackman on Kate & Leopold), the new film is penned by David James Kelly. It will arrive in theaters on March 3, 2017.
Deadline reports that Narcos star Boyd Holbrook has joined Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in the upcoming Wolverine 3! Holdbrook will play the lead villain of the film, a character that is described as “a relentless, calculating and intense head of security for a global enterprise who is set against Wolverine.” The outlet notes that a May start date is being planned for the film. Production will be set up in both New Orleans and New Mexico.
Rumors continue to swirl that the film is based on the famous Old Man Logan story line, though this remains unconfirmed. It’s also been previously rumored that the final film will be an R-rated take on Weapon X as well. The Wolverine saw an alternate R-rated cut released on home media after its theatrical release, but following the success of Deadpool with the rating (currently the highest grossing X-Men and R-rated movie of all time) we could be seeing a lot more blood when Wolverine next pops his claws.
Set to star Hugh Jackman as the title character for the final time, the film pairs Wolverine with Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier. Wolverine 3 will be directed by James Mangold from a script by David James Kelly. It is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 3, 2017.
It’s been known for some time that the upcoming Wolverine 3 will feature Hugh Jackman’s Logan and Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier teaming up, but there may be another X-Men character along for the ride in the film. Though it remains unconfirmed, we’ve heard that the mutant X-23 will be making her feature debut and will join Wolverine and Professor X for their journey in the sequel.
X-23 made her comic book debut in 2004, after originally being conceived and debuting in the animated series X-Men: Evolution. Her origins stem from a group attempting to replicate the Weapon X program, which gave Wolverine his Adamantium skeleton, but who decided to go in a different direction and attempt to clone Wolverine outright. The first 22 attempts at cloning Logan failed, which is where the young mutant received her code name after being the first success.
Like Wolverine, X-23 (later given the name Laura Kinney) has superhuman strength, reflexes, agility, and a healing factor. The primary difference in the pair is X-23 has only two claws on her hands, with an extra that can be popped out of each of her feet. Throughout her publication history, X-23 has been a loner, a member of the X-Men and X-Force, and recently took on the mantle of Wolverine following the hero’s death.
Hugh Jackman will reprise his role of Wolverine for the upcoming film along with Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Boyd Holbrook as the film’s lead villain. Wolverine 3 will be directed by James Mangold from a script by David James Kelly. It is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 3, 2017.
As the cast for the upcoming Wolverine 3 continues to round out, an important update on the film comes from franchise producer Simon Kinberg, who confirmed to Collider that not only will the film carry its previously-rumored R rating, but that the movie has already begun filming!
“I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film,” Kinberg said.
The cast for the film currently includes Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier. They’re joined by Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal. We’ve also heard that the mutant X-23 will be making an appearance in the film as well. James Mangold directs from a script by David James Kelly.
Mangold’s previous film The Wolverine saw an alternate R-rated cut released on home media after its theatrical release, and, following the success of Deadpool (currently the highest-grossing X-Men and R-rated movie of all-time), it’s no surprise why a bloodier version of the character will be making its way into theaters.