I think we’d all like to forget about X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the one movie in the mutant franchise that made the decision to sew Deadpool’s f***ing mouth shut and sideline a great character for years.
The Wolverine however, is a superb sequel to a terrible spin-off. Wolverine at a raw moment in his life, hurting bad and stripped of his infamous healing factor as he deals all manner of claw-based justice to Yakuza thugs is just one hell of a great flick. It may have gotten weird in the final act, but dammit, it’s still a fine movie nonetheless.
And with Wolverine’s third spin-off film being the final time that we’ll see Hugh Jackman don the iconic claws of Logan, fans want that film to soar even higher than the 2014 movie directed by James Mangold.
Mangold will be back to give Logan a send-off. And Jackman won’t be interested in filming if he isn’t happy with the script, as he explained to Collider and teased more details for Professor X’s (Patrick Stewart) appearance in the flick, bub:
I’ll be really honest with you, the actual script in its full form we’re up to about Page 60. Obviously there’s a treatment, so it’s not fully done yet, we’re not fully there. Patrick [Stewart] does figure in it that’s for sure.
I think it’s a really important relationship but I want to see signs of that quasi-father/son sort of relationship that has not been seen before, and sides of particularly Professor X that have not been seen before. So we have some really, really cool ideas.
That’s an interesting take on the Professor X and Wolverine relationship. Xavier was always more of a mentor than a father figure, especially when you consider that Logan happens to be a century or two older than the psychic mutant rights leader. But that’s a dynamic that Jackman clearly wants to crack:
I feel that I’m pushing harder than I’ve ever pushed before. I suppose the stakes just go up when you announce before your last season that this is your last season, you don’t want one game to not be your best… People ask me, ‘How are you gonna be able to let it go?’ To me the only way you can let it go is if you left blood every day on the studio floor.
But as Jackman has indicated, he won’t ink a deal to star in the film if the script isn’t up to standard:
I’m sounding a little cagey because this is the last time I’m playing him, and I have just made the commitment to myself, really, and told everyone that until that script is perfect, until it is that perfect way to sign out, I’m not gonna start shooting. So that’s why I don’t wanna say ‘Yes’ for sure, because until Page 115, 120, whatever it is…
Still, it sounds like good progress is being made on the script, as Jackman is liking the direction that it happens to be taking, with the plan to start shooting next year still on the table:
The ultimate plan is let’s start shooting next year… I’m starting the training, I’m starting the eating and mentally really preparing for it. It’s not just me, the studio as well—I’m trying to do something with this that’s a little special, a little different. I’ve got a very, very strong idea of what that is.
I really have known for quite a long time how I want to finish this sort of odyssey that I’ve been on, this amazing journey. And I won’t let it fall anywhere in between. I won’t fall short of it.
Jackman happens to be the best there is at what he does. And what he does is get ridiculously jacked up and ready to play the role of a lifetime it seems. Now let’s see Jackman in costume before he finally leaves the role behind.
Last Updated: September 28, 2015