Hugh Jackman Talks Wolverine 3 – But Will He Do It?

SFX recently spoke to Hugh Jackman about his return to the role of Wolverine in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. We also took the chance to take the pulse of the third Wolverine solo movie, currently in development. As Jackman tells us, his involvement may not be the done deal that everyone assumes…

So where do you want 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 you take it back to Japan or would you move it beyond that story?

I’d probably move it to a different visual palette. I’m pretty sure that would move.

Are there any classic comic book storylines that you’d love to get stuck into?

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.

What if it’s 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!

Nick Setchfield

Read the full interview with Hugh Jackman in SFX 248, on sale today

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is released by Twentieth Century Fox on 22 May