As we get closer to the end of Hugh Jackman’s tenure as iconic Marvel mutant Wolverine, it looks like the character’s next solo film has found its screenwriter.
According to The Wrap, writer Michael Green has been tapped by 20th Century Fox to script the third solo film for the character for returning director James Mangold. Green has a history with comics characters, having been a writer on the WB’s “Smallville” and NBC’s “Heroes,” one of the writers on 2011’s Green Lantern film, along with comic book scripting at DC on titles like Superman/Batman and the “New 52’s” Supergirl. He’s been most recently associated with the sequel to Blade Runner, being a co-writer on that project beside the returning writer of the original film, Hampton Fancher. At 20th Century Fox, he was also recently brought aboard to polish the script for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sequel to Prometheus.
Not long ago, Hugh Jackman intimated that his next turn as Wolverine would be his last. His next turn as the character is slated to be in this film, and it’s not yet known what turn the full X-Men film series will take after the release of next year’s Apocalypse, which will finish the trilogy started by 2011’s First Class and continued in last year’s Days of Future Past. Naturally, Wolverine will continue to be closely identified with the X-Men series even after Jackman’s departure, but it remains to be seen how the character will be handled when the actor retires his version of the part that he’s been faithfully playing since 2000.
James Mangold’s work schedule has recently been refocused on the next Wolverine film, since work will need to be delayed on the director’s The Deep Blue Goodbye project starring Christian Bale. Bale recently tore his ACL, necessitating a delay in that film, and allowing Mangold to focus his attention on Wolverine. The film is due out on March 3rd, 2017.
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