Wolverine has always been one of the less family friendly members of the X-Men and fans have for years been begging for a proper R-rated film that allows him to show his more wild and aggressive side to the world. And while the last Wolverine film tried to show traces of this, it was still greatly toned down to make it more acceptable to a wider audience. And now it seems that those fan wishes are being answered with the studio announcing that the upcoming Wolverine 3 will indeed be an R-rated film.
And while studios have always been hesitant of this, the roaring success of Deadpool has made it clear that R-rated films can still have wide appeal despite being edgy. Except, only the studio is saying that their decision actually has nothing to do with the success of Deadpool (yeah, right!!!)
In speaking to inside source The Hollywood Reporter, revealed that the script written by Michael Green confirmed this rating from the movie studio due to its graphic violence and (likely) language. They are adamant that the script was this way long before the release of Deadpool, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the studio already had two scripts in the works, one R-rated and one more family friendly, to see how Deadpool panned out before giving the full go-ahead on the screenplay to use.
Nonetheless, for fans that have been wanting this, it seems like they will finally be getting it and I must be honest it would be great to see what James Mangold and Hugh Jackman can do without needing to worry about studio censorship affecting their vision. Personally though, R-rated doesn’t always mean a better movie, so hopefully they don’t lose sight of making it a compelling story than just a bloodbath of violence and action… Who am I kidding – bring on the action!
The script is rumoured to be based on Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan comic series, which if so, would certain be aimed towards a more mature audience. The plot line for the comic series is as follows:
Nobody knows what happened on the night the heroes fell. All we know is that they disappeared and evil triumphed and the bad guys have been calling the shots ever since. What happened to Wolverine is the biggest mystery of all. For 50 years, no one has heard hide nor hair from him…and in his place stands an old man called Logan. A man concerned only about his family. A man pushed to the brink by the HULK GANG. A man forced to help an old friend–the blind archer, HAWKEYE–drive three thousand miles to secure his family’s safety.
This story line also offers up some challenges on the current X-men movie timeline, so I’m sure they will have several changes in the works to bring it more in line with the films, to not isolate casual viewers too much. There are also rumours that Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier is rumored to be substituting for Hawkeye as Wolverine’s traveling companion in the story, which I think will certainly make for an interesting combination, as they have always possessed a strange tension between the two.
Whatever changes they make to the script, it will be great to see something fresh coming out of the film series. Jackman has already confirmed that this will be his last appearance as wolverine, so it only serves well that we see him go out with a glorious bang. Wolverine 3 is scheduled to hit theaters March 3rd, 2017
Last Updated: February 25, 2016