Hugh Jackman ’99.9% Sure’ He’s Finished With Logan After ‘The Wolverine’ Sequel

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In March, Hugh Jackman said recasting of the role of Wolverine is “inevitable,” and not long after, he even suggested Channing Tatum as a replacement. So, when the franchise mainstay recently spoke with SFX about X-Men: Days of Future Past, naturally the conversation turned to the actor’s own future as Logan.

Asked about the direction of the sequel to The Wolverine, Jackman replied, “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.”

Saying he’d like to see the next film move to a different location, the actor reiterated that the story hasn’t been fully developed. However, he did suggest one comic worthy of adaptation.

“Well, of course we’re looking at ‘Old Man Logan,’ because that may be the only option left at this point!” Jackman said with a laugh, referring to the 2008-2009 Marvel storyline by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, set 50 years in the future, when supervillains have conquered and divided the United States. “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.”

However, he pointed out, while he’s eager to see what director James Mangold & Co. come up with, he hasn’t “signed on signed on,” to the sequel. “I’m genuinely at that point where unless it’s better than the last one I’m not going to do it,” Jackman said.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.

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  • akkadiannumen

    Channing Tatum? Again? Not just Gambit but Wolverine too… Jesus H. freaking Christ… Jackman should keep doing “Old Logan” until he’s 60 and his back gives out. :D

  • SageShinigami

    Can’t say I blame him. He’s been Wolverine for 14 years, through six movies and one cameo. By the time it’s all said and done, he’ll probably have been in eight films total and have 16 years playing the same character.

    Still. When Jackman leaves, it’s time for a reboot.

  • Benjamin Blank

    I would love to see an Old Man Logan movie but I don’t think Marvel would let Fox use the Hulk.

  • raji_rabbit

    Quicksliver in 2 studio movies, it is possible

  • Steven Tedesco

    Old Man Logan would be perfect before a reboot of the franchise. But like Benjamin said, Hulk is unavailable. Plus he will do X-men 6. There’s no X-men without Jackman unless they continue with the first class cast.

  • Derek Metaltron

    As others have said, the problem with Old Man Logan is that so many aspects of the story are off bounds. No blind Hawkeye, no Spider B###h, no Red Skull or Incest Spawn Hulk Family.

  • J.p. Ducey

    The problem with Old Man Logan is that it takes place in a bleak future where the Supervillains “WON” and Logan in fact KILLED all the X-Men. It would have to be heavily edited in order to be adapted into a film.

  • J.p. Ducey

    That’s what ive been saying. Plus the whole bleak future thing is being done in DOFP already.

  • Jay

    Note, he’s not saying that The Wolverine 2 would be his last one, but that The Wolverine 3 would be the last. So, Old Man Logan is actually likely.

  • theduck0

    No, it’s not. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are in a “grey area” that allows both Marvel and Fox to use them The Hulk is Marvel only, and I agree with B. Blank that Marvel wouldn’t loan him out.

  • Robb Welch

    That’s an unlikely interpretation of what he said.

  • mel

    They could just use another character to replace Banner. The Blob, Juggernaut, anyone really.

  • Augustus

    Marvel and Fox have a specific deal about Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch I’m pretty sure there’s no such deal about the Hulk. And without him the story loses much of its interest. Not to mention all the other characters that won’t be in it either. We’re not talking about Old Man Logan anymore, just old Wolverine.

  • Arturo Palencia

    Channing tatum?!!? HA NO WAY! if you guys have seen arrow, manu bennett is a badass i think he can play the perfect wolverine, his height is perfect too.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    If the right deal could be made I’m sure it would be possible. But it is incredibly unlikely given the huge amount of tension between Marvel and Fox. Sony are happy to loan out their characters, but the other two studios are not.

  • YMB-YourMovieBlogger

    Not being funny, but the majority of the movie going audience will have no idea what the old man Logan story is about so not having hulk doesn’t make a difference, FOX has a ton of characters from both the Fantastic Four and X-Men universe that they could use in the Old Man Logan movie if they choose to go in that direction.

  • WonkyWilly

    Sony is happy to loan to loan out their characters? When have they ever done that and where have they ever said they would be happy to do so? Answer: never.

  • Joe Crohn

    They’ll USE and abuse the same title, WWZ style. Will never be in costume (the main reason these characters have endured for decades (VISUAL MEDIUM!)). Replace the BLOOD with dumb Summer Blockbuster Humor. I wouldn’t be so negative, but the Channing Tatum thing is too much for me right now.

  • Joe Crohn

    Plus! HAWKEYE is essential to the story, much more so than the Hulks, they’re great too don’t get me wrong, but they can’t use his character either. Stop this nonsense already. Scott Wilson (Hershel) from Walking Dead as Hawkeye!, One Day! Soon. He’s getting up there. Give up the rights! Make things right!

  • IHaveNoName

    True words people, true words.

  • Alex Hayden

    The Wolverine was highly over-rated and he’s wrong if he thinks they corrected anything with it. Don’t get me wrong. I love Jackman and love him as Wolverine. Just that BOTH solo movies were not very good.

  • effingreat

    It is actually what the man said. He said this: “If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.”

    He is already doing one right now. It wouldn’t make sense for him to say “If I did another one” knowing full well that the next sequel is already in production, and he’s already been cast.

  • Jinx German

    Honestly I can’t see anyone else filling the role and do it justice.

  • Tommy Rankin

    But they would have to replace EVERY SINGLE character with another one. So it would be a completely different story then so it would hardly be Old Man Logan anymore. Sure the rest of the public wouldn’t know the difference but all familiar with comics would whine and bitch about it to no end. I personally think that Jackman is talking about OML since he’s still hopeful that Fox/Marvel can play nice with each other as he would want to play Wolvie in MCU too. It’s just wishful thinking on his part

  • Tommy Rankin

    Jackman is an awesome person and plays great Logan but CHANNING TATUM as WOLVERINE?! He can’t be serious?! No way

  • Ricardo Torres

    Perfect comic wolverine will no longer suffer more watering down to make him look more like that crappy movie wolverine

  • Guest

    WRONG!

  • Ivan Nero Trevino

    WRONG!!

  • theduck0

    Very true. If they can shoehorn Wolverine into the pivotal role Kitty Pryde played in “Days of Future Past” they could certainly make the change you suggest.

  • jack

    a reboot dude they sequel to x man days if future past and that means they cant have reboot for wovlrine any time soon

  • Chuck777

    They could just sub in characters they have rights to. Like… Juggernaut Colossus.

  • Chuck777

    They already butchered the Dark Phoenix Saga…

  • http://mirageentertainment.net CaptainClayCrash

    Bob Hoskins in his 30s would’ve been a great Wolverine. Clint Eastwood in his prime, also.

  • http://mirageentertainment.net CaptainClayCrash

    No reboots! I’m sick to death of reboots. Just continue the story…

  • Peter

    Grey areas . . . What about Grey Hulk? Wasn’t he an FF member for a while? I admit it’s a long (long, loooong) shot, but wouldn’t that be a beautiful loophole?

  • Ken

    Eastwood wouldn’t have brought anything to the table that Jackman hasn’t already. In fact, Jackman surpasses Eastwood in most ways.

  • TimJ

    Fox is in a similar situation that Marvel is in with Robert Downey Jr. Hugh Jackman is so associated with Wolverine like Robert Downey Jr. is with Iron Man.
    I think the smart move for Fox would be to stop using Wolverine for a while, focus on other characters for the next several movies, and then reintroduce Wolverine.

    I expect that’s what Marvel will be doing with Iron Man.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    For the Daredevil movie they loaned out Kingpin (who was and still remains a part of the Spider-Man license) and they attempted to loan out Oscorp Tower for The Avengers but the deal fell through.

    Two cases, and both with Sony’s rights. If they weren’t happy to do it there would have been no Kingpin in Daredevil and the Oscorp Tower deal would never have been attempted.

  • Cellistic

    Obviously any Wolverine sequel would need to position a ‘replacement’ Wolverine character (because FOX believes that X-Men works *with* Wolverine apparently) so I’m demanding they do a X-23 storyline with Noomi Rapace and at the end she takes his codename and joins the X-Men.

  • Cellistic

    There were talks to include Oscorp Tower in the skyline shots of Avengers but the deal was made after rendering. It’s obviously not sharing characters but it’s a damn sight closer than Marvel’s relationship with FOX.

  • RickersonStone

    I agree completely. In fact, I thought that the second one was MUCH worse than the first. It started out fine, following the course of the Claremont/Miller limited series, and then it veered off into a predictable and interminable fight scene at the end. So disappointing.

  • Robb Welch

    He’s not “already doing one right now”. The article goes on to say that “However, he pointed out, while he’s eager to see what director James Mangold & Co. come up with, he hasn’t “signed on signed on,” to the sequel. “I’m genuinely at that point where unless it’s better than the last one I’m not going to do it,” Jackman said.”
    So a Wolverine 3 movie isn’t even in the works yet.
    Or are we counting this hypothetical sequel as 2, and not 3?

  • effingreat

    I read IMDB wrong, my bad.

  • YMB-YourMovieBlogger

    Kingpin belonged to FOX back when the Daredevil movie came out due to him being a character more synonymous with Daredevil, the character is currently back with Marvel Studios as Daredevil and all his rleated characters went back to Marvel, Kingpin has never been owned by Sony

  • iamtravis182

    Please don’t touch Old Man Logan. They would only butcher it. Without the rest of the Marvel cast (Hawkeye, Red Skull, Hulk, etc.) There isn’t much of a story.

    They should wait until X-Men film rights return to Marvel Studios.

  • Tommy Rankin

    Well that’s true… They might make a film called Old Man Logan but it’ll be a disaster

  • Logan Richard Pitoniak

    i hope hugh plays Wolvie as long as he can i do understand were he is comeing from though. it seems like he wants to do more but knows he can”t do it forever i would love to see Rogue as his love interest in a film at least once those two charaters just fit after seeing x-1.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    He has always been with Sony, Avi Arad has confirmed as much. Don’t believe me then there is an interview confirming it if you’d like to check it out (superherohype dated 2nd of July 2012 entitled “Exclusive: Talking with the Producers of The Amazing Spider-Man”).

    This comes up in conversations so often I’ve made a note of the interview. I’d link but not all sites agree with it.

    The Spider-Man television rights have been returned to Marvel however, so the Kingpin is back with Marvel provided they stick to television (which they conveniently are for Daredevil).

  • YMB-YourMovieBlogger

    Daredevil was bought by FOX to make the Daredevil movie back in 2003 and all of the Kingpin and Daredevil rights are now back with Marvel Studios when they came back in 2012 after FOX failed to make the Daredevil movie by the required deadline,

    Spider-Man’s live action rights are with Sony, but the animated rights are with Marvel like the X-Men and Fantastic Four. So we will probably see Kingpin in the MCU at some point and will definitely see him in the Daredevil Netflix series.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    Absolutely not, I’ve bothered to do my research I would kindly ask you to do the same.

    Kingpin is in with Spider-Man, and Marvel have the Spider-Man television rights but not the film rights, and I have sources backing it up (and yes, they have checked if they have the Kingpin rights which means they probably intend to use him). You are offering speculation based on what you’ve seen on the big screen and nothing more.

  • YMB-YourMovieBlogger

    http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/Wilson_Fisk – Can I just say that this is awesome, I love movie debates lol

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    A wiki can be edited by anyone, and in this case they haven’t been able to provide a source so it is just speculation. Seeing as links seem to be fine here, I shall provide mine:

    http://www.superherohype.com/features/171409-exclusive-talking-with-the-producers-of-the-amazing-spider-man

  • Mr.Sixes

    *looks at X-men* they needed a reboot.

  • theEman

    Has anyone read any of the Wolverine novels? I think some storyline options could come from there, one of which would tie in perfectly with the ending of “The Wolverine”. What do you folks think?