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Hugh Jackman Explains Wolverine Rewrite, ‘Darker’ Take On Comics

After finally confirming last week that The Wolverine will be delayed until after he’s finished filming Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman has returned to alleviate concerns about the rewrite of Christopher McQuarrie’s highly praised screenplay.

It’s not that anything’s wrong with the script, based on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller — Claremont called McQuarrie “brilliant” — it’s that new director James Mangold wants to put his stamp on the project following the departure of Darren Aronofsky. Enter Total Recall screenwriter Mark Bomback.

“When a director takes over any script, they need to make it their movie,” Jackman told The Playlist while making promotional rounds for Real Steel. “So Jim hired Mark to help him make the movie his own. Darren had worked on the script himself and taken it in a certain direction that was right for him. And that would have been a great version of the movie. I’ve seen Jim’s version now and, you know, Jim saw things that weren’t working for him that were working for Darren. And I’ve got to hand it to Fox and to Jim, it’s easy when you start with the best script we’ve had from Chris McQuarrie. Which is why Darren signed on. So once you have that, that’s 80, 85 percent of your movie.”

He also revealed that the script deviates from the comic-book source material, which had Logan to Japan to battle ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover.

“It’s a little darker and, I think, a little more true to the character,” Jackman said. “If you read all of [the Japanese saga] there is a lot of it that is a little disparate and some of it’s got X-Men in it. There’s a wedding and all that. So we take license with that.”


  • Jacob

    The only reason I’m not afraid of this movie is because of just how goddamn enthusiastic he is about it. Sure, he’s got to promote the movie, but it’s very obvious that his own personal excitement is spilling over into that.

  • nailsin

    So you when you want to make a script yours–you hire someone to write it for you?

  • Jacob

    You hire a writer to incorporate your themes and ideas into the script. It’s not like the guy is rewriting the script without any direction or input. And if the director isn’t a writer, why would he be the one writing? Then he’d fuck it up. This is him being responsible.

  • ZeoVGM

    I have faith in Fox being able to handle this franchise again after the amazing First Class. Here’s hoping they don’t screw it up.

  • Kelloggidaho

    Interesting that Jackman thinks his movie version is  going to be more “true to the character”  than the Miller/Claremont comic that more or less defined him 30 years ago.

  • Mythos

    He was equally excited for the original spin-off and we all saw how that turned out.

  • Mythos

    I was excited for this movie when Darren Aronofsky was attached to helm it; now, not so much. I’ll gladly stick to the first two X-Men movies and First Class if this turns out to be another mess.

  • Jmcreer

    I think what he’s referring to is that the film won’t need to deal with elements that detract from a tight, focused script such as mentioning the X-Men, previous Wolverine continuity, etc that Claremont and Miller’s comic had to deal with.  He’s not knocking the comic, more likely he’s referring to the amount of freedom the film with have to just focus on Wolverine and his journey.

    I have faith that the actor who has contributed to Wolverine’s popularity as much, (if not more so in the general public’s eye) as Claremont and Miller.  He loves Wolverine as much as any fanboy out there, and has said as much in the past.

  • Jmcreer

    I thought it was a pretty accurate representation of most of the Wolverine comics of the past, so yeah, it turned out pretty good.  Apart from Miller and Claremont’s storyline, I can’t think of too many Wolverine arcs that had that much depth to them.

  • Doug

    In all honesty, if the movie is even remotely related to the storyline from the 1982 Wolverine Limited Series, it’s gonna be pretty good.  I can see Fox not wanting to have all the X-Men characters running around in it since it’s supposed to be a Wolverine-based story.  And if you’ve read the wedding storyline from Uncanny X-Men #172 – 173 (Aug. – Sept. ’83) and the tragic outcome that later occurred, it’s a good move to delete the wedding, also.   


  • FireJackman&ReturnXMen2Marvel

    20th Century Fox needs to fire this greedy and full of crap queen!  He absolutely care nothing about the character, but for the fact it makes money.  The franchise under his behind the scene and producer duties have gone to hell in a hand basket.  The X-Men franchise post X-2 has putting out nothing but garbage!  It’s time for Fox to move on with another actor, who looks the part and who cares about the character.

  • Jmcreer

    It’s like you’re channelling Mugato:

    “SHUT UP! Enough already, Jackman! Who cares about Hugh Jackman anyway? The man is way to tall to play Wolverine! Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! I invented the piano key necktie, I invented it! What have you done, Hugh? You’ve done nothing! NOTHIIIING! And I will be a monkey’s uncle if I let you ruin this for me, because if you can’t get the job done, then I will!”

  • Joe Louis

    the ship has sailed at this point. because you know the re-writes will make this more traditional given the difference in filmakers. Aranovsky would have been bolder, more crazy and that’s why there was a reason to be excited by this progect. cause all is in the details. If say Darren wanted Wolverine’s wife to be killed at the wedding for instance and the new guy want her to die later of pneumonia, it’s a whole different ball game and tone.

  • 0bsessions

    I’ve been reading Wolverine comics since I was eight and I can’t say I’ve ever read one that was plotted so badly as the first Wolverine movie. The ONLY redeeming factor of that film was the acting of Jackman and Schrieber.

    It has nothing to do with the source material and everything to do with bad writing. There was an endless cavalcade of cameos for the sake of cameos (Really, most of the cameos simply deteriorated the story as opposed to enhancing it) and the film just got more and more ridiculous until “BLAM” adamantium bullet, the single most idiotic, ridiculous plot device in comic book film history.

    The concept from the comics, that Logan’s memory loss was caused by his healing factor healing over emotional scarring as well, was pretty ridiculous on its own. Replacing it with the adamantium bullet was about the only way they could make it LESS plausible. Being a film and being able to deviate from the source material gave them a golden opportunity to offer a better explanation and they dropped the ball.

    I miss the “simpler” days of them explaining it with Weapon X just wiping his memories.

  • 0bsessions

    I have the same level of faith as I did going into the first Wolverine movie. I trust Jackman on this project, he obviously wants it to do well and is clearly emotionally invested in the franchise. The fact that they pretty much cleaned house with the crew involved in putting the first one together gives me some piece of mind that it has some potential.

  • 0bsessions

    Seconded. Honestly, it’s for the best if they just leave out the X-Franchise as much as possible here. One of the biggest failings of the first one was shoehorning random X-Men characters into it for no good reason.

  • KwlnNinja

    dam it’s been that long I’m old