James Mangold and Hugh Jackman Planning to Make another WOLVERINE Spin-Off

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James Mangold‘s The Wolverine partially succeeded simply because it went against the trend of current superhero movies.  The spin-off sequel was still stuck between serious drama and cartoonish action, but at least the stakes were worthwhile without having to put the entire world at jeopardy (that plotline will come with Wolverine’s next adventure, X-Men: Days of Future Past).   With Iron Man stopping an army off Extremis soldiers, Thor battling to save his world of Asgard, helicarriers crashing into Washington D.C. in Captain America’s upcoming film, and Guardians of the Galaxy having to, well, guard an entire galaxy, Wolverine can be the only game in town where a superhero can fight for lower stakes but maintain the personal drama.

Hit the jump for how this game might continue with Mangold, Hugh Jackman, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

the-wolverine-hugh-jackman-james-mangold-tao-okamotoAccording to Deadline, Mangold is in talks with 20th Century Fox to return for a Wolverine sequel and to write the treatment.  Unsurprisingly, all plot details are being kept under tight wraps, but it’s possible they don’t even know what the plot will be at this point.  The Wolverine used Logan’s most popular solo story—his time in Japan—but now they’re free to either work from scratch or loosely pull from any plotline from the character’s 39-year history.

Moving forward on a new Wolverine isn’t a tough decision for 20th Century Fox.  The movie “grossed $413 million worldwide, with $132 million domestic and $280 million in international revenue” and Wolverine is the anchor of every single X-Men movie except for X-Men: First Class.  Additionally, Fox only has two superhero properties—X-Men and Fantastic Four.  They want to get the Fantastic Four reboot on screens by 2015, and at this rate they probably want The Wolverine 2 in by 2016 so that the studio will have at least one superhero tentpole per year.

Furthermore, Jackman has given no indication that he plans to retire from playing his signature character.  Unnervingly, he almost looks even better now than he did in when he first came on the screen in 2000 to play Wolverine in X-Men.

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  • McA

    The Wolverine was watchable and nothing more. For me anyway. Whilst Fox still have the rights, make that R-rated Wolverine movie please. With Aronofsky directing. It’ll never happen of course but I can dream.

    • Jack

      Aronofsky would have made Kill Bill with Wolverine. Thats the movie I wanted to see not that weird anime futuristic japan shit we got

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      They’re releasing an R rated version on DVD for whatever that’s worth. The director claimed that they filmed a lot of scenes with two different takes in anticpation for the DVD knowing Fox was going to make it PG-13.

      • McJ

        I’ll check it out but my main complaint would be the tone and overall story for the film wasn’t what I was hoping for. Felt the direction was a bit monotonous and lacked pace, plus the final 3rd of the story was pretty awful.

  • The Flobbit

    Please let Wolverine rest. You’re harping on him more than Marvel with Iron Man. Hugh Jackman, dear Fox, is not your crutch.

    • JBug

      As happy as I am with the news of another potential comic book movie, I agree with Flobbit. Wolverine is not as interesting as Ironman and doesn’t really call for more movies. The Wolverine was a nice touch and worked best because it was a little risky, but if they make another one, it would be because it’s a safe bet.

      • The Flobbit

        I meant that Marvel is using Iron Man as it’s big draw, just as Fox is using Wolverine as IT’S big draw. Shared comic universes are meant so that EVERYONE gets a turn to shine, not just one admittedly charismatic and chiselled character.

        The Wolverine worked because it was scaled down, small in focus, and was a good showcase for Jackman’s tortured magnetism and charisma. Jackman puts bums in seats. That being said, the last act shot the film in the foot – with it’s cartoony, badly done, cliched villainery and the like.

      • JBug

        How is Marvel using Ironman as a crutch/big draw? Their other characters all also getting solo outings.

      • paul h

        Right, not forgetting that there’s prolly not gonna be any more solo IM films until post A3, so at least 2019, and maybe longer if they wanna have a little break after A3 before the inevitable re-cast.

      • The Flobbit

        I really really doubt that.

      • paul h

        Based on what?

        RDJ has a contract for A2 & 3 and then…?

      • The Flobbit

        He resigned a contract, I believe, with Kevin Feige. You may not see a solo IM outing for a while, but RDJ will be in The Avengers 2 and it’s sequels.

      • paul h

        Ummm… yeah, I said he has a contract for Avengers 2 & 3, directly above actually.

        Maybe I misunderstood what part of my comment you were replying to when you wrote “I really doubt that”, if you were talking about the recast thing, sure that’s a guess on my part, but I think there’s a definite chance the role will be recast before there’s another IM solo film.

        By the time Avengers 3 rolls around it’ll prolly be 2018 (no confirmed date but I think that’s a fair extrapolation, A1 ’12, A2 ’15, it follows that A3 will be ’18) and RDJ’s gonna be staring 60 in the face (or hit it, depending on A3 release date), is he really gonna want to sign on for another round of solo films, and if he does *why didn’t he sign on for solo films with the Avengers deal*?

        Maybe if he wants to carry on but doesn’t wanna do a bunch Marvel will cut a deal for 1 film, but they do seem to really like their multi-film deals so, who knows. I just think there’s a strong chance he’ll bow out of the role with Avengers 3, then Marvel will recast and carry on like Kevin Feige was talking about earlier in the year.

        If you were talking about something other than the possibility of recasting, please feel free to expand your original comment :D

      • The Flobbit

        I think that they won’t recast RDJ as long as RDJ has one black hair left on his head. He’s their lucky charm – he got the ball rolling with Iron Man 3, and overseas, he’s the big draw.

      • paul h

        Fair enough, i guess we’ll just have to wait and see :-D

      • The Flobbit

        Yes, but honestly, who cares about Thor? We want to see Downey Jr.’s brilliant and charismatic portrayal of Tony Stark, right?

      • JBug

        I think they’re all great. RDJ might be the best, but I also love Hemsworth and Evans. I’m really looking forward to GotG and Ant Man. You don’t think Hemsworth was charismatic in Thor? Evans made Cap likeable. I personally, thought Captain America would bomb because he’s too boring, but I think Evans pulled it off we being loyal to the character.

      • The Flobbit

        I look forward to GotG more than any other Marvel movie. Hemsworth had charisma in spades but little relatability. Evans is a little humorless and dry, but he brings an excellent moral compass and commanding attitude that makes him my fave of the Avengers, outside of their private identities.

        As for Black Widow and Hawkeye…who can say?

      • The Flobbit

        I look forward to GotG more than any other Marvel movie. Hemsworth had charisma in spades but little relatability. Evans is a little humorless and dry, but he brings an excellent moral compass and commanding attitude that makes him my fave of the Avengers, outside of their private identities.

        As for Black Widow and Hawkeye…who can say?

      • JBug

        I think they’re all great. RDJ might be the best, but I also love Hemsworth and Evans. I’m really looking forward to GotG and Ant Man. You don’t think Hemsworth was charismatic in Thor? Evans made Cap likeable. I personally, thought Captain America would bomb because he’s too boring, but I think Evans pulled it off we being loyal to the character.

  • cloud720

    Old man Logan an then reboot the xmen with younger actors in present day.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Mangold’s film was awesome until the end when it all fell apart. Still he took the genre in a new direction and hopefully he can correct his mistakes with the sequel. I like Mangold as a director – 3:10 to Yuma is one of my favorite westerns and Cop Land was the 1st film to show Stallone can actually act in a movie. They need to keep it small and more character driven. Keep the budget where it was at but have an actual enemy for him to engage with – bring back Sabertooth and do the character justice this time around. Glad Jackman will do another round as Wolverine as he really puts his heart and body into the character (I met the guy when filming Real Steel and he’s a very thin guy naturally).

    • Kevin

      Stallone was nominated for Best Actor for Rocky.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Fair point. I should have said that he got Stallone back into the acting game again after taking on the many mindless roles of action hero. Rocky, First Blood, and Nighthawks his acting was really good.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      You’re right about Cop land. Stallone was amazing.

    • gwiz30

      Cop Land was the 1st and only movie I ever walked out on. Completely boring.

      • Merlin235

        Boo

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      Come now… Stallone was amazing in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      Come now… Stallone was amazing in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!

    • mattinacan

      Damn, Copland is awesome

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    The Wolverine was horrible. Weak plot. Weak script.

    • Kevin

      Those are the same thing. And I disagree completely.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        A plot and a script are two different things.
        And you have the right to disagree. We live in a free world fortunately.

      • straight arrow

        In general, umm yes they are the same thing

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        The plot is the story. The script is the dialogue, setting and tone the film is set to.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        What DNAsplitter said.

        Plus:

        A script is a document containing the dialogues of actors but also all technical data necessary for filming, and connecting elements to the continuity of the film, as the configuration of the stage or cameras (traveling, close-ups etc. .).
        A script is characterized by the absence of narration (all described in a technical way and not emotional), the same script can be in the hands of different directors and leads to different results.

        A plot is a literary term defined as the events that make up a story, particularly as they relate to one another in a pattern, in a sequence, through cause and effect.

        So, umm, no they aren’t the same thing.

    • Just cause

      ‘The Wolverine’ is awesome and the best comic book movie in years. Good plot and the script is better than any of the recent disney/marvel shit.

  • Kevin

    Loved the new movie. It would be awesome to see him take a few of the younger mutants on a field trip that goes wrong, ala Wolverine and the X-Men. That could be really cool.

  • Fartsniffer

    Three words. Old. Man. Logan.

  • rivertreeradar

    where is patch

  • RiddleThemThis

    While I am starting to get tired of Wolverine being the center of all the X-Men films, I’m okay with him getting some more of his own films. The Wolverine, in my eyes, was one of the more enjoyable super hero films to come out in these last few years.

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  • bilbo bagshot

    loved the film until the ‘non existent Ninja fight’. and finally gave up on it when Logan kept running in straight line like those idiots from Prometheus. But overall it was a good movie and miles better than Origins.

  • The Flobbit

    Please help: Did not the trailers show a ninja fight with Wolverine vs. ninjas, that ends with him clawing a power line, causing a huge explosion? We were promised bikes, chains, and claws, not friggin ARROWS!

    Am I missing something?

  • paul h

    Thanks for the *huge* fucking spoiler re the Cap2 trailer, dickhead.

    I’ve got tired of having films spoiled by trailers that give every big action shot away so I stopped watching them and now what do I find… smh

    • mattinacan

      STFU

      • paul h

        I’m entitled to my own opinion.

        Go fuck yourself.

  • paul h

    Thanks for the *huge* fucking spoiler re the Cap2 trailer, dickhead.

    I’ve got tired of having films spoiled by trailers that give every big action shot away so I stopped watching them and now what do I find… smh

  • mattinacan

    Wolverine was a great surprise, in a summer full of disappointing bland forgettable tent poles (IM3, Star Trek, Fast & Furious, Man of Steel, After Earth, White House Down, Lone Ranger – wow listing all these duds makes me realize how bad this summer really was for movies)

  • Adamantium = Indestructible

    Great. This hack (Mangold) is gonna do more BS like having Wolverine’s adamantium be destroyed (even though it is “indestructible”)

    • Mr. Sinister

      James Mangold knows how to direct dumbass. He is a good director, ‘The Wolverine’, ’3:10 To Yuma’ (2007 version), ‘Identity’ are all great films.

      You must be thinking of jj the hack abrams, he had not done one good film and he is about to destroy star wars. James Mangold should direct Star Wars.

      James Mangold is awesome, understands Wolverine, and look forward to his sequel to the awesome ‘The Wolverine’, in other words, I am looking forward to Wolverine 3.

  • X-Men Movie fan

    Ah hell yeah, the more X-Men/Wolverine movie the better. The X-Men movies are the only comic book movies I stick with, seeing as they acknowledge all the movies and have not messed up like the disney/marvel movies have.

    ‘The Wolverine’ is the best comic book movie this year (just saw thor 2, pass).

    I hope James Mangold and Hugh Jackman make another awesome Wolverine movie. Maybe Omega Red will be in it, or some other villain.

    I have pre-ordered ‘The Wolverine’ on DVD, looking forward to the extended cut.

    It is a great time to be an X-Men fan.

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