It’s no secret that, in addition to looking impossibly young and always in shape, Hugh Jackman is an accomplished stage performer—he even won a Tony award in 2004 for The Boy from Oz. Given his lovely singing voice and tenure as Wolverine in the X-Men films, many have joked about a possible Wolverine: The Musical stage production or movie. Well today we’re getting about as close as possible to that prospect ever becoming a reality, as a video has surfaced of Jackman singing a Wolverine-themed song to the tune of “Who Am I?” from Les Miserables in the BBC Radio 1 studio. It’s an all-too-brief moment and there aren’t any costumes or production flairs, but for those just itching to see Jackman sing about Wolverine, your time has come.
Hit the jump to watch the video. Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens in theaters May 23rd.
On the heels of the news that Fox set a release date for The Wolverine sequel, a new report has the studio tapping screenwriter David James Kelly to pen the script. His resume is a little light, with only his 2010 short Straw Man making it to production, but he is also behind a rewrite of the planned Daredevil movie reboot.
Perhaps the more interesting tidbit from this write-up is that it confidently asserts that both director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman will return to their respective roles. We don’t have official word of either being signed on yet, but since their last effort made over $400 million world-wide (and Jackman’s pretty much become synonymous with the title character), it’s a safe bet that Fox will work to get them both back. Hit the jump for more.
20th Century Fox announced a bunch of release dates tonight:
- The Fantastic Four reboot is still casting for a 2015 release, but Fox is ready to plan The Fantastic Four 2 for July 14, 2017.
- The sequel to The Wolverine hits theaters March 3, 2017. [Update: Deadline reports that Fox has set David James Kelly to pen the sequel, which returns James Mangold to the helm with Hugh Jackman starring.]
- An untitled Marvel film is scheduled for July 13, 2018.
- Liam Neeson returns for Taken 3 on January 9, 2015.
- An unspecified Ridley Scott feature is dated for March 4, 2016.
- Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service (now October 24, 2014) and an untitled Vince Vaughn vehicle (now March 6, 2015) switched release dates.
- Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe is pushed back from January 16, 2015 to October 2, 2015.
More on the Marvel stuff after the jump.
With this summer’s The Wolverine, we finally got a standalone film for one of the most popular X-Men characters that actually did the titular mutant justice. Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman crafted a Western throwback that honored the spirit of the character while bringing a more intimate approach to the superhero genre—for once our hero wasn’t working to save an entire city (or the world) from destruction. Audiences responded positively to the tune of $414 million worldwide, and Fox appeared to be happy with the film as well, as we learned last week that the studio is in negotiations with Mangold and Jackman to return for another Wolverine film.
While very few details were revealed in last week’s report, Jackman has now spoken up a bit with regards to a potential The Wolverine follow-up, noting that he’s been talking with Mangold about ideas but he won’t be moving forward until they stumble on something great. Read on after the jump.
Hero Complex Gallery in LA opens its new show, BLEEDING METALLICS, this Friday night. There will be art printed with metallic inks, printed on metal, crafted out of metal, using metallic paints and papers…and while this is quickly turning into a Bubba Gump routine, you get it…lots of metal. Check out more info on the show, 14 preview images, and a surprise for the first 50 customers after the jump.
With James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening this weekend, I was recently able to interview the cast in New York City. Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with his immortality. Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Tao Okamoto. For more on the film, watch these clips or check out all our previous coverage.
During my video interview with Janssen, she talked about when she first heard how important her role would be in the sequel, the marketing campaign, working with Mangold and Jackman, how it doesn’t feel like a comic book movie, the Taken series (including Taken 3), and other future projects like A Fighting Man, Hemlock Grove season 2, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
As far as studio tentpoles are concerned, the superhero genre is undoubtedly the most popular go-to avenue for blockbusters at the moment. Marvel has now built a cohesive cinematic universe in which its many characters interact with each other across different movies—just as in the comic books—and DC is attempting to get its act together at Warner Bros. with the same idea. However, studios are limited as to which characters they can use in the films due to rights ownership, despite the fact that the real Avengers includes not only Iron Man and Captain America, but also Spider-Man and, at times, members of the X-Men franchise.
Steve recently sat down to interview Hugh Jackman at the press day for his upcoming film The Wolverine, and when asked about the possibility of having these characters interact with each other in a mega-superhero film, Jackman enthusiastically responded that he’d love to fight alongside Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the entirety of The Avengers as Wolverine. Hit the jump to see what else he had to say.
Yesterday, we got a featurette for Logan (Hugh Jackman) for The Wolverine, and now we have one for “Harada” (Will Yun Lee). Harada, also known as “The Silver Samurai” in the comics, describes his character as the leader of a clan of “super-ninjas” whose sole purpose is to defend Mariko (Tao Okamoto). His character is also skilled at parkour and archery, and I suppose you have to beef-up anyone without mutant powers if they’re going to even have a chance against Wolverine, although he loses his healing powers at some point in the story. We know that the Silver Samurai is in the movie, but this featurette doesn’t divulge any details on that character, so it’s possible that he’s unrelated to Harada (but I wouldn’t count on it).
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, and Svetlana Khodchenkova. The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.
It’s hard to create cool movie posters, but The Wolverine sumi-e ink poster campaign by Fox’s Chief Creative Officer Tony Sella has done exactly that. Over the past few months, the studio has released eye-catching sumi-e character posters for Wolverine, Silver Samurai, Viper, and Yukio. With the film’s July 26th release date fast approaching, the studio is letting us premiere the latest sumi-e poster, and this one features Logan’s lost love, Jean Grey. Like the rest of the series, it’s the type of poster I’d be willing to frame on my wall. Hit the jump to check it out.
In addition, if you’re looking forward to The Wolverine, I strongly suggest checking Collider tomorrow morning for a report from the editing room and a new interview with director James Mangold.
On the heels of a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s The Wolverine comes the first TV spot for the film starring Hugh Jackman. It features a brief snippet of new footage in which Logan is asked if he’s a hunter. You’ll have to be the judge of whether or not Wolverine has put his prey-stalking days behind him.
The film also stars Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, and Tao Okamoto. The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th. Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.
Many people have wondered where and when The Wolverine takes place in the X-Men movie timeline, and how much influence the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine comic book series had on the story. During an on-set interview in Sydney last year, I participated in a group interview with Hugh Jackman. He explained while they had to change some of the storyline, “There’s definitely a lot of similarities. More similarities than differences. The fans will definitely be excited by it.” He also told us:
“I think one of the keys to me in signing on to this movie was that we had a very strong idea and we had a strong approach to the story. That we really went from something new and different, and the moment the studio agreed to call it The Wolverine, I was just thrilled, rather than saying Wolverine 2. This is a standalone movie. This is set in a different time. It’s fairly after X-Men Origins, we’re in a different location with Jim Mangold, who’s a terrific director, we have a visual style that is different from all the other X-Men movies. I think it’s going to feel very fresh.”
Jackman also talked about the challenges of bringing this new spin-off to movie screens, what makes him “The Wolverine,” the humor and Logan’s irreverent side, and so much more. Hit the jump for the interview.
During a fantastic group interview with The Wolverine director James Mangold last year on the Sydney set, he explained his reasons for wanting to tackle this project and what interested him about the character.
“What was most interesting about his character is this concept of his immortality and his healing. The fact that there’s a kind of exhaustion that sets in when you’re here forever, when you lose everyone you love. What I wrote when I met with Fox in the back of my script were like six or seven words, which were ‘Everyone I love will die.’ But I felt the story I wanted to tell was about a man who in a way felt cursed and that everyone he had ever cared about in the world, whether it be the people he fought with as part of the X-Men, his wife, or others, had perished, and that the curse…this idea that we all kind of yearn or wish for immortality, but the curse of actually having to be on the Earth like a god forever is its own purgatory, its own hell, which is to have to see everything you love go away, and have to keep reconnecting and re-finding inspiration.”
Mangold also talked about wanting to make a character-centric film as opposed to something where the characters are fighting to save the planet, putting together his cast, his thoughts on the last Wolverine movie, why he used the ARRI Alexa, 3D, shooting the action scenes, Easter Eggs, and so much more. If you’re looking forward to The Wolverine, you’re going to love this interview. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Last October, when director James Mangold‘s The Wolverine was shooting in Sydney, Australia, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters. During a break in production, producer Hutch Parker came over to talk about the film. He talked to us about the cast, how he came to be involved on the project, the way the script has evolved over the years, how the third act was still being finalized after filming had already begun, collaborating with Hugh Jackman, what it’s been like shooting in Sydney and why they moved the production there, the decision to post-convert the film rather than shoot in 3D, if the Japanese actors will be speaking in English or Japanese, and a lot more. Hit the jump for the interview.
As you can see in the recent trailer, Viper (played by Svetlana Khodchenkova) plays a key role in director James Mangold‘s The Wolverine. However, when I participated in a group interview with Khodchenkova on set last year, the only info she was willing to give up about her character was that “she’s a villain” and “she has reasons for everything she does.” That being said, Khodchenkova was more than willing to talk about how she got cast, what it’s like working on a big budget Hollywood movie for the first time, her costume, and more. Hit the jump for the interview.
A new trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine has gone online. The film finds Hugh Jackman’s titular character isolated in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis “in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.” This new trailer goes heavy on the drama by showing Logan’s guilt over killing Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) in X-Men: The Last Stand, and why he would consider getting rid of his powers. This trailer also shows off the strange mix of ancient Japanese warriors and hi-tech sci-fi; a combination that is best represented by the hulking Silver Samurai. But if Wolverine can shield a guy from what appears to be a nuclear blast, then a giant robot samurai shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, and Svetlana Khodchenkova. The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.