Word around the Hollywood water cooler is that Twentieth Century Fox has started negotiations to bring back The Wolverine director James Mangold for another installment of our favorite, and the only angry Canadian we’ve ever seen, Wolverine to the big screen.
The success of The Wolverine overseas has spurred these new talks; the movie did a very respectable $132 million domestically, while racking up $280 million on the international market. Those figures makes The Wolverine the second highest grossing X-Men franchise movie of all time. Until Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past hits the big screen that is.
At this stage, the negotiations are dealing with the details of Mangold writing a treatment with long time X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner. Once that process is done then Mangold can choose his story and start writing. If that works out well, things should move rabidly from there, toward filming and production.
Of course Hugh Jackman would be back as Wolverine. There have already been rumors that he’s been offered big money to unsheathe his claws once more. Jackman has shot some of those down, but he is still open if the right reason is there.
No, it’s not true, I would never do that. I’ve never done that mainly because, for the fans and for me, each time I’ve gone around there’s been a really good reason to do it and I don’t know what that reason is from here. I’m in the middle of making this and I just promoted the other and I’m really happy with the way The Wolverine came out.
Jackman likes working with Mangold, and has always loved the Wolverine character. I’m willing to bet he’ll suit up one more time, flush with the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past.