Hugh Jackman May Not Return for ‘The Wolverine’ Sequel

The script must meet his high expectations for his return. Plus, Simon Kinberg signs on with Fox to develop a Marvel-style superhero universe.

Hugh Jackman may not return for The Wolverine sequel
Hugh Jackman may not return for The Wolverine sequel
Last month, we reported that Hugh Jackman is developing a follow-up to The Wolverine with director James Mangold. While development is still ongoing, the actor revealed he isn't quite sure he wants to return as Logan.

"I don't know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of this movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That's exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn't reach those, I won't be doing it."

When asked if there was a screenplay in place, the actor said there is no writer attached.

"No there is not but Jim Mangold and I were literally on the phone last night talking about ideas but there is no script and no writer yet so it's a way off."

The actor revealed in September that this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past might be his last time playing Logan. We'll have to wait for The Wolverine sequel script to see what the future holds for Hugh Jackman and his iconic character. If he does not appear in this follow-up, will there be a 'new' Wolverine? And what does his departure mean for the recently announced X-Men: Days of Future Past sequel X-Men: Apocalypse?

In related news, Simon Kinberg, who wrote the script for X-Men: Days of Future Past, has signed a new three-year first-look deal at 20th Century Fox to develop a Marvel-style universe of interconnected superhero movies.

Aside from his involvement in X-Men: Days of Future Past, he is also producing the Fantastic Four. Here's what the writer-producer had to say in a statement.

"I have a lot of ideas on how to built those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel. I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies."

The studio is also developing an X-Force movie, which could easily tie into the X-Men franchise, and we reported yesterday that X-Men: Apocalypse has been set for a 2016 release date.

Back in September 2012, Mark Millar signed on with 20th Century Fox to consult on the studio's Marvel properties. With Simon Kinberg's new deal in place, some questioned whether or not Mark Millar is still on board as a creative consultant. However, he clarified his involvement with the studio earlier today.

The Wolverine was released July 26th, 2013 and stars Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee. The film is directed by James Mangold.

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  1. undeadslayer4

    @dfella how does people hate jackman hes a great actor

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. undeadslayer4

    @zoolander74 no way jackman isnt leaving

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Zoolander_74

    Tom Hardy would be the next best Wolverine

    1 year agoby @zoolander74Flag

  4. TheDude1

    I might be in the minority, but I would rather see someone else take over the role of The Wolverine for awhile.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  5. The Real Goku

    Get someone better to write these scripts! I feel Mangold did the best out of what he was given but these stories just don't make any sense

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  6. Alejandro Jefferies

    Hugh will come back, he always does.

    1 year agoby @Alejandro-JefferiesFlag

  7. K.Guy

    then reorganize if possible. What if we dont need The Wolverine sequel and we can just settle it all to X-Men Apocalypse? I honestly think we dont need another stand alone Wolverine movie. What im suggesting is Apocalypse to be the retirement X-Men film if it is possible.

    1 year agoby @kguyFlag

  8. mindless232

    Umm he pretty much says this everytime.

    1 year agoby @mindless232Flag

  9. Dfella504

    ok u hugh's not an x men movie without wolverine, lets b fair..jackman has been wolvie since da beginning, wolvie is older jackman is getting there..u need him just like the avengers need downey..cuz wit out downey da avengers is crap...they bring da edge n da films they make them better, but hey if all else fails they always reboot everything anyway

    1 year agoby @dfellaFlag

  10. David garcia

    They should give wolverine a break and just do x-force and x-men: apocalypse and the FF reboot since i know what Fox is trying to do with the series, but they should just do the deal with Disney/Marvel studios.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

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