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Wolverine Sequel Goes Into Development
Japan-set story planned, and more

05 May 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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In perhaps the least surprising news ever to follow an $85 million opening weekend, work has begun on a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and star Hugh Jackman is also considering a whole raft of other films, including thriller Drive, Personal Security, and a new adaptation of musical Carousel. He'll also be returning to Broadway in Houdini.

Let's take those one-by-one, shall we? The Wolverine sequel is - chorus it with us now - to be set in Japan, and will focus on the samurai / Yakuza storyline of the comics, wherein Wolverine trains in the way of the samurai in order to control his feral nature, and falls in love with Mariko Yashida, heir to a Yakuza family.

But that's not all. Jackman's also considering a role in Drive, about a racing driver who moonlights as a getaway man, and Personal Security, about a tough New York detective forced into bodyguard duty for a spoiled teenage heiress (we know which of those we'd rather see him play, incidentally, and it's the former).

Meanwhile Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel has been in development hell for aaaages at Fox 2000, but is apparently now "a priority", with Jackman in line to play Billy Bigelow, a carousel "barker" and the romantic lead of the story despite criminal tendencies.

And then there's the musical in his planned return to stage - Houdini's based on music by Danny Elfman, lyrics by David Yazbek and Hairspray's Jack O'Brien directing. It's hard to get past The Prestige when talking about Jackman and stage magic, but he does like to keep his hand in with musicals inbetween mutton-chopped mutant outings, and this sounds like a good fit.

So, if you were Jackman, which of these options would you be prioritising? And which mutants, if any, would you like to see in a Wolverine sequel?


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New Mutants?
No way does the next wolverine movie need 'new mutants'.... stick to what works... spider-man 3 did'nt pan out because of how many characters got squeezed into the movie, likewise with wolverine origins, with all those new characters, we did'nt get to see the wolverine that exists in the x-men movies.... the wolverine that we were looking forward to see. so I say one Wolverine... one Japan... one villain, capiche? More

Posted by tommybongo at 14:15 on 10 May 2009 | Report This Post

Could this one please make some damn sense! And coul someone kick Gavin Hood in the uts from me. Thanks! More

Posted by Ash_G at 13:36 on 10 May 2009 | Report This Post

What mutants would I like to see?
I always liked Wolverine's friendship with Morph in the cartoon - if he had a (non-annoying) sidekick like that (not played by Shia LeBoef) that would be cool. And enemies? Silver Samurai, played by Ken Watanabe. More

Posted by leon_the_iguana at 18:32 on 09 May 2009 | Report This Post

I'm happy he movie didn't flop and they've got a 2nd shot at make the Wolverine movie we deserve
Lets have wolverine actually kill a few more people this time though. And bring in gambit. No need for many other mutants. Especially now deadpools getting his own film. More

Posted by shanewire at 17:24 on 06 May 2009 | Report This Post

Whatever happened to Origins: Magneto? I was quite looking forward to that... More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 17:22 on 06 May 2009 | Report This Post

I think the Wolverine sequel definitely with more mutants. Carousel is going to be cheesy, the original was and I can't see it being improved upon without adding even more cheese. I think Hugh: just pick something with a really good story and maybe with less special effects... not sure about the singing though... jury is out on that one. More

Posted by ploppyx at 14:36 on 06 May 2009 | Report This Post

Wolverine 2 sounds like a plan, going to see the new one in a few hours. However, I wish Jackman would be given better roles after the amazing "The Prestige". "Swordfish" was pretty good too, but to be fair, he'd do alright making a musical I think because he seems to have a lot of female fans. More

Posted by cluesy at 13:56 on 06 May 2009 | Report This Post

Brilliant news!
I have to admit, I was walking into the cinema with a little bit of reluctance given Empire's 2 star review of the film, but once I saw it, I disagreed with Empire. Yes it wasn't brilliant, but with this propsed sequel, they can improve on it. And Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool was a stroke of genius. Not exactly as I thought he'd be, but brilliant nonetheless. Some fanboys will just complain for the sake of complaining. I can't wait for the Japanese set sequel, and the individual Deadpool film will More

Posted by AgentOfChaos at 11:44 on 06 May 2009 | Report This Post

Hell Yeah!
Sounds good that the second movie is being set in Japan. They obviously have to include the legend that is Silver Samurai (It's all good if he's Kenuichio Harada in the movie) and no doubt they'll find a way of including Sunfire too. On the other hand, I wonder how many cameos from the X-Men universe will be included ... Omega Red or Beast? How about altering Cable's story to include him?! More

Posted by aka_sammym at 19:35 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

BIG BUCKS!!!
Haven't seen this yet - and the mixed reviews haven't put me off. The film itself might not be any great shakes but at least the healthy box office means that there'll be more Superhero films in the pipe line. The Spirit was absolute dreck and deserved to sink without trace, Punisher Warzone was pretty good but the lousy box office means there won't be another - and Watchmen was sublime - but as usual - the Americans didn't seem to get it. If Mr. Jackman wants to carry on making Wolverine mov More

Posted by ROTGUT at 17:43 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

BIG BUCKS!!!
Haven't seen this yet - and the mixed reviews haven't put me off. The film itself might not be any great shakes but at least the healthy box office means that there'll be more Superhero films in the pipe line. The Spirit was absolute dreck and deserved to sink without trace, Punisher Warzone was pretty good but the lousy box office means there won't be another - and Watchmen was sublime - but as usual - the Americans didn't seem to get it. If Mr. Jackman wants to carry on making Wolverine mov More

Posted by ROTGUT at 17:42 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

No faith whatsoever
Stop making X-Movies, Fox! You really suck at them! Let Marvel have a go, damn it. That said, if Rothman stays the fuck away (see, lost cause already) and they actually attempt to put the comic on-screen (o discordia!) I'll be happy (but probably not). More

Posted by O_Goncho at 13:30 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

Hmmmm...
I loved the film...but I am not sure about a sequel...even one set in Japan...but maybe they should get back Bryan Singer... More

Posted by Noelg25 at 12:29 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
No. Just No. Wolverine is just not interesting enough to carry off a second film just about Wolverine! And 'Feral Nature'? What Feral Nature? Wolverine in Origins was all bark no bite! More

Posted by nclowe at 12:22 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

I saw wolverine yesterday and was quite disappointed, however I thought Ryan Reynolds was kick-ass. I want a spin-off deadpool movie (if anyone has seen the other post credit shebang will know it could happen). Uber fanboys have been bitching and moaning about they way they depicted him but I thought he looked ace at the end and I want to see more of that please! More

Posted by tomdiz at 12:10 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

woop-de-doo.
You know what? I'm excited. (Droopy voice) More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 12:10 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: feral.... huh?
L: grucl The ne in nries (co-written and drawn by Frank Miller!!) is brilliant! I hope they'll do it justice with the new film! sp; Batman and ninjas, Wolverine and samurias................I am awaiting Spiderman and Shoalin Monks. More

Posted by Deviation at 12:03 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Sequel Goes Into Development
I like how last week there was a post on the Empire blog entitled 'Why Studios Need To Ignore The Fans' by one Helen O'Hara which (quite rightly) suggested that a lot of comic book movies are ruined by the studio's inclusion of characters just to please the fans. However this article, by the very same Helen O'Hara (unless there are two working at Empire?), signs off with the question 'And which mutants, if any, would you like to see in a ne?'. Priceless! More

Posted by sonofliberty1 at 11:41 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

Make films for reputaion not money!!
Ok so Wolvering made $87 million in its first weekend but that doesn't mean anything! i went to see it the first week and i can guarantee i WILL NOT be seeing it again! and everyone who asked me what it was like was given the same answer "Flat, tedious and not worth the money!! so hopefully this opening weekend will drop off massively from word of mouth and make about $120 million. As for other films and story lines!? ive past caring, i mean learning the ways of the samurai?? sounds crap! More

Posted by Paulicarz at 11:30 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

I have seen Wolverine and I can say that I found it hugeley enjoyable, I don't care too much if it was panned by the critics here at EMPIRE, I felt that it did exactly what it says on the tin and was loads of fun. So I for one am looking forward to a sequel and as for the other projects, anything to raise Hugh Jackmans profile. I am yet to be dissapointed by Hugh (even Australia was watchable because of the fella) and think he should be in more leading man roles. More

Posted by Rickie.Littlewood at 11:15 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

Yaaaaay!
Let's keep it about Wolverine and maybe sneak Victor Creed and Silver Samurai in there too. That's about it for mutants!!! Also. Could we have the writers of X-Men 2 back please? They did a fantastic job. And Bryan singer to direct, ha ha. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:44 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: feral.... huh?
The ne in nries (co-written and drawn by Frank Miller!!) is brilliant!  I hope they'll do it justice with the new film! More

Posted by grucl at 10:31 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

you have got to be kidding me! :S More

Posted by vivlitherland at 10:30 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

Good grief!! A SEQUEL!!!
A SEQUEL!!!!???? To this god awful mess? Pray it doesn't happen...or if it does get Zack Snyder or David Fincher involved. As a Marvel man of many years standing I was appalled at the abortion that was Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins-Wolverine". A nonsensical, half baked betrayal of the character made by people (Jackman excepted) who had little, or no, understanding of or sympathy for the character of Wolverine. The script was written by some sub-moronic, ADHD graduate of the Steven E. de More

Posted by excelsior at 10:25 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

feral.... huh?
"Wolverine trains in the way of the samurai in order to control his feral nature" in Wolverine, he was the calmest person in that movie... hell, even when he was stabbing people he seemed like he was listening to a dido album. More

Posted by BigDaveP at 10:15 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

I think a Wolvie sequel in Japan could be interesting. I was disappointed with Wolverine, but I'd still like to see a sequel (I have a big interest in Japan, anyway). As for what mutants they could show, there aren't that many Japanese mutants in the comics to my recollection. Sure they could have foreigners coming in, but might be a bit of a stretch to explain them being there. Japanese mutants I can think of are: The Silver Samurai (Mariko's half-brother), Sunfire, Armor... Anyone think of oth More

Posted by SpaceLion at 10:13 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Sequel Goes Into Development
Saw Wolverine last night and was pleasantly surprised after all the negative hype i'd heard,...i thouroughly enjoyed it! Sure, there were a few things that could have been better (Gambit should've had a Cajun accent without doubt), and some of the dialogue was a tad clunky (luckily it was delivered by decent actors in such a way so's not to make it too unpalletable), but on the whole it was an enjoyable comic-book romp which will appeal to all the non-anal fans of Wolverine and comic books More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:08 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

good news
i like to see him fight silver samurai or is that too obvious a choice More

Posted by HoboCop at 10:05 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

Not everybody disliked Wolverine, and I think as a franchise it has a chance to grow and grow quickly. (If they're gonna bring out numerous X Men Origin films, they'd need to do it soon wouldn't they? To keep up with the generation of people watching.) Im still to see Wolverine, but a sequel already? If it's still in the works in a years time, I'll wonder about it then lol More

Posted by Issue at 09:45 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

Slow Down Hugh!
Easy Tiger, just cos you're so hot right now doesn't mean you should sign up for anything. Those movies sound terrible! Are they the only non-graphic novel scripts going round in Hollywood? I accept you have a need to do a big musical but Drive sounds like a rewrite of The Fast and The Furious but the other one - A tough detective becomes a bodyguard for a teenage brat - I feel like I could puke blood! More

Posted by Scotch at 09:24 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

If I was Jackman I'd be thinking...hmm nobody really liked wolverine, but it made alot of money... maybe I should now use that haauuuge bag of cash I'm going to be given for wolverine 2 to make a sweet ass afair! Besides all those other films sound pretty stupid! More

Posted by tokyomyers at 08:51 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

Yipee...
A sequel of a prequel that was a rip off of a trequel, and the sequel of the first film is the only one worth watching... Soooo i think this is a bad idea More

Posted by DJ Funktris at 08:50 on 05 May 2009 | Report This Post

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