Hugh Jackman is about to hang up his claws. The actor will soon be appearing for the very last time as the most iconic X-Man for a third Wolverine solo movie, with James Mangold back in the director’s chair after The Wolverine. It had been going under the snappy working title of Untitled Wolverine Film. But now we know the official title: Logan.
Mangold revealed the title in a tweet, where he posted an image of the second page of the script, with ‘Logan’ watermarked across the page. X-Men fans praying for an R-rated movie will be pleased to see an F-bomb arrives very early on.
Mangold also later revealed the first poster.
Intriguingly, the script also offered something of a mission statement for the film within the very Shane Black-y stage directions, which seem to set itself apart from the modern superhero template. Here’s what’s written, in case you can’t quite see it in that image:
“Now might be a good time to talk about the ‘fights’ described in the next 100 or so pages. Basically, if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG fuckathon, this ain’t your movie.
In this flick, people will get hurt or killed when shit falls on them. They will get just as hurt or just as killed if they get hit with something big and heavy like, say, a car. Should anyone in our story have the misfortune to fall off a roof or out a window, they won’t bounce. They will die.
As for our hero, well, he’s older now and it’s clear his abilities aren’t what they once were. He’s fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain – hence booze as a painkiller.”
Filming has wrapped on the project, which is said to take loose inspiration from the Old Man Logan comic storyline (though it may just take the element of Logan's advanced age) and will star Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant and Stephen Merchant alongside Jackman.
Logan is aiming for a March 2017 release date. Check back at Empire later today for more Wolverine-flavoured morsels of goodness.