Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Returning for Sequel to ‘The Wolverine’

By November 5, 2013

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This summer’s The Wolverine worked quite well up until the final setpiece (where it devolved into ridiculous superhero nonsense after spending most of its runtime as a relatively low-key, character-centric action mystery), but it didn’t quite connect with mainstream American audiences. With a budget of $120 million, it only managed to make $132 million domestically; thankfully for 20th Century Fox, it raked in $281 million internationally. Common sense says the reason it did so well overseas was because the film was set in Japan and featured a predominantly foreign cast, two elements that are becoming increasingly important as international box office continues to become more of a factor in Hollywood blockbusters.

It appears 20th Century Fox likes how the movie was received, because Deadline is reporting that director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman are in talks to return to the franchise for yet another solo Wolverine film. Mangold is reportedly “making a deal to write the treatment,” but there’s no word yet on whether or not he’ll come back to the director’s chair. Lauren Shuler Donner will produce, which shouldn’t be a surprise since she’s produced every other X-Men film so far.

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This would obviously come out after next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which features Logan in the center of a time-travel plot that will allow the casts from the first X-Men trilogy and X-Men: First Class to star in the same movie. I guess this announcement means Logan survives that film, unless Mangold and Jackman decide to go the prequel route again – but that didn’t work out so well in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, so we’re guessing this new project will take place sometime after Days of Future Past on the timeline.

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