Hugh Jackman, who’s become somewhat of a polarizing figure amongst fans of the X-Men movies- with some loving his work as Logan and others resenting how much the series has centered around him instead of the team- sat down with SFX to talk about what it would take to get him back for a third solo film. The actor is approaching 50, and has been playing Wolverine for almost 15 years, so he knows the day is coming when he’ll have to step away. But what would it take to bring him back for another Wolverine movie?
While Fox has announced there’ll be a Wolverine III, and that they’ve signed James Mangold to come back after his well-received work on The Wolverine, Jackman’s involvement hasn’t yet been guaranteed. So what does he need to see? A good script?
“If the script is as good? Hm. I donâ€™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 donâ€™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 donâ€™t think you need to do that with Wolverine. Whatâ€™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 â€“ especially everyone who greenlights the movies!”
He also opened up about which storylines they’re looking at, and what his philosophy is- with regard to making another film.
“Well, of course weâ€™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 weâ€™re still working it out. Iâ€™m working with Jim Mangold, which is exciting. And of all the things that Jim can do, one of the great things he does is develop scripts. Iâ€™m excited to see what we can come up with, but I havenâ€™t signed on signed on. Iâ€™m genuinely at that point where unless itâ€™s better than the last one Iâ€™m not going to do it.
“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 Iâ€™m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.”
So that’s where Jackman is, at this point in time, about the third Wolverine movie. Where are you?