Jackman talks Wolverine
Hugh Jackman has been talking about the X-Men spin off future of Wolverine and reveals that there's more than one film planned, in fact there may well be three, that is if the fans want them.
He also reveals that if the fans do show their interest in the Wolverine spin off's, beginning with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he'll stay to play the character for as many films as are wanted.
Talking about the desire from the audience for the Wolverine character he says:
''If it's clear to us on May second or third that that's gone, then I'll walk away happily...I'm not going to flog something - or flog a dead horse, or try and make movies that people don't really want to go and see. I have no interest in that. Even no matter how much I love the character. So there are many prerequisites"
While talking to Moviehole through Total Film he revealed some really interesting titbits, particularly that he has the ideas for another couple of storylines.
"There's a few story lines that are running my head which I think would be really cool, but unless the script is right, then I just don't see the point in doing it. I'm probably at the point in my career where I don't need it. And the last thing I want to do is just to push it on people, if it doesn't warrant a full feature movie.''
He talks a little about why he went with the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film in the first place, and that's something that David Benioff, the writer of the origins story, came to him with a great idea and sold him. Jackman thought it was brilliant and went ahead with it.
However both in this story and the one over at MTV through IGN, he reveals that what he really wants to do is the whole Japan story, but the origin tale had to happen first. Now I would be reading this as sequel potential, if the first film does well.
"The most intriguing thing to me was the Japan story. I love the Japan story...I wanted to do the Japan story from around X-Men 2. Can you just picture Wolverine in Japan with the triads and the samurai? It's just genius."
"I was always a mad fan, in reading the comics, of the Wolverine in Japan saga, which is one of the most famous. But ultimately, we all decided - I think rightly, after seeing the film - that you need to understand the character's origins, to understand who he is. And to really get it. So that's what the movie does. It goes right back to him as a kid, basically.''
"If we tried to mix the origin and Japan together, it wouldn't do justice to either. So you can tell by the answer where I'd like it to go."
So it's pretty clear from those comments that Hugh Jackman is very keen to continue his portrayal of the Wolverine character, and to take him across to Japan. However as usual it's up to us, the audience. If we want that next film this first one has to be a success and earn its money, of course there's a hundred and one other factors in the way, including stuffy studio executives to get through, but I think we could really be seeing a second Wolverine, and then maybe even a third.
I know I would be happy with that, would you?