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Every studio with a superhero on their roster is doing all they can to capitalize on the massive popularity of the genre and they’re all looking expand their brands. 20th Century Fox is no different, and their Wolverine is one of the most beloved cinematic superheroes out there. The upcoming Wolverine 3 is expected to be star Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as the clawed mutant, and that project may have found a new writer with some experience in the game.
According to The Wrap, the studio has tapped Michael Green to pen the script for the hairy mutant’s next big screen adventure. This marks Green’s return to the realm of comic book adaptations, and while he has previously worked on the likes of Smallville and Heroes, his most known work is probably the ill-fated 2011 stab at Green Lantern. That met with rather brutal reactions from many fans, so this might not be the news you wanted to hear, though there were four credited writers on that film, so who’s to say any issues all fall on Green?
And Green is no stranger to big, epic movies. He’s also working on a couple of high-profile projects that involve legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott, as he was recently hired to rework the script for the upcoming sci-fi sequel Prometheus 2. He also tag teamed the screenplay for Blade Runner 2 with Hampton Fancher, who wrote the original movie in the early 1980s.
We saw Wolverine fairly recently in last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which, though it does feature an ensemble cast, is pretty much a Wolverine movie. After appearing in numerous films with many other mutants, he has headlined two solo flicks thus far, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the much better received The Wolverine in 2013.
His next adventure reteams Logan, and consequently Hugh Jackman, with director James Mangold, who helmed The Wolverine. While we don’t know any of the specific details, like what the story might entail or if any other familiar characters could possibly show up, there are a wealth of potential stories to mine from the comics. (They used pieces of one of my all time favorite story arc in The Wolverine, showing Logan and his adventures in Japan.)
If this does in fact turn out to be Jackman’s last hurrah as Logan/Wolverine, you have to imagine that they plan to go out big. The Australian born thespian has played the fan favorite mutant more than half a dozen times, leading movies as well as showing up for quick cameos, and we hope he gets a fitting send off for his last time strapping on those razor sharp claws and bushy sideburns.
Wolverine 3—whatever it actually winds up being called, wherever/whenever it is set, and whatever it is ultimately about—is currently slated to go berserk in theaters on March 3, 2017.