Hugh Jackman Says The Wolverine Will Be A Standalone Film

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-08-13 18:00:07discussion comments
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a legitimately bad movie. While fans thought that X-Men: The Last Stand was destined to be the worst of the franchise, Origins completely took it off the hook. Fortunately the franchise has managed to rebound since, putting out the surprisingly fantastic X-Men: First Class and now we have in production The Wolverine, a solo film for the superhero that is a sequel in spirit to Origins. Why do I say. "in spirit?" Because even the sequel is doing its best to distance itself from the first movie.

Hugh Jackman, who will be making his sixth appearance as Wolverine (a record), has told Total Film magazine (via The Coventry Telegraph) that The Wolverine will be operating as its own separate thing. "We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture," Jackman said. "With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic."

But that's not all that Jackman had to say in the way of assuring Marvel fans that the new film will be a proper treatment of the character. While many complained that X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were overstuffed with too many mutants, apparently this time around they've shown some restraint and have decided to keep things simple. Said Jackman, "The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."

The Wolverine is being directed by James Mangold and co-stars Will Yun Lee (as Silver Samurai), Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, and Rila Fukushima. Christopher McQuarrie wrote the first draft of the screenplay, and that script was rewritten by Mark Bomback. The film will be in theaters on July 26, 2013.
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