Hugh Jackman Talks Up The Wolverine’s (Unlikely) Rated-R Possibility


Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-MenWith the success of “X-Men: First Class” it’s anybody’s guess why Fox is dragging their feet on the oft-delayed “The Wolverine”, the sequel to the over stuffed “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. That film … was not so good. The sequel, on the other hand, already has a great director in James Mangold attached and a script from Christopher McQuarrie that takes its cues from Frank Miller’s comic book storyline that took everyone’s favorite Canucklehead to Japan.

So what’s the hold up? Nobody knows, not even the film’s star Hugh Jackman, who recently talked to MTV about various topics relating to “The Wolverine”, including the possibility that the sequel might boast an R-rating.

There’s such great temptation to make an R-rated ‘Wolverine.’ I’ve always felt that, and I know a lot of fans would like that. If there’s ever going to be a superhero that is going to be R-rated, it’s going to be Wolverine.

But of course, an R-rated “The Wolverine” will never happen. As in, ever.

You see it in [younger fans'] eyes. He’s everything to them. You need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans. There is even talk about us doing two versions, as in finding a way to do both while you shoot it, which could be really cool.

Translation: there will be an “Unrated Director’s Cut” on the DVD that will feature some extra blood splatter or two.

And finally, as to the film being set in Japan, Jackman confirms that while most of the film will indeed be set in Japan, “not all of it” will be. A brief stop at the X-Mansion, perhaps?

So there you have it. Forget about getting an R-rated “The Wolverine” in theaters. But you might get one on DVD. Maybe.

Wolverine vs. The Silver Samurai Comic Book Cover

Via : MTV

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  • Tin Hoang

    They should take lessons from porn for the shoot. It’d be like doing a Skinemax and a XXX version of the same movie. Showing ass versus showing penetration. Just takes an extra camera angle.

    Wolverine with Ninja Assassin blood and guts would be be cool. And does Wolverine even have younger fans? Everyone who has read that storyline must be in their late 30’s and early 40’s. Definitely older than 18.

  • Anonymous

    f*ck hollywood’s version of Wolverine. just saying.

  • Shazam!

    As someone who works with kids I can tell you there are plenty of them that LOVE Wolverine and it doesn’t matter that most of them have never picked up a comic book in their young lives!

    As for the content of the article – I think it makes for a cool sound-bite, but I believe Fox is as serious about making 2 versions of this film about as much as I believe they read any actual Wolverine comics before they shot the first debacle! Is Jackman really that out to lunch to believe that Fox will actually do that!? They couldn’t even make Wolverine fully Canadian for crying out loud!

    • Nix

      Agreed. My nephews have never read a comic book in their life, but they not only all know who Wolverine is, but he’s easily their favorite mutant (they don’t even know what a “mutant” is, BTW).

    • Dominique Hatcher

      I don’t think you’re giving Fox enough credit (did I just say that?). I mean, they did 2 versions of LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, which I think was a great way to get the numbers they wanted in theaters plus cater to the fans of an R-rated John McClane (I personally like the extra violence and cursing more). I think if Fox takes the same approach to THE WOLVERINE it’ll work out fine.

      • Shazam!

        Good point, but I would argue that it’s a fairly different scenario since the Die Hard series is a well established “R” rated property whereas the X-Men is a well established wishy-washy franchise that Fox manipulates however they wish in order to make a buck.

        We comic book fans may think we’re a massive majority, but I’d be willing to bet that the financial benefit to releasing an “R” rater version would not be worth Fox’s efforts. And it’s all about the money!

        • Dedpool

          True bit in this case Fox knows they dropped the ball with the first Wolverine, and so the possibility of them doing the two versions is a bit easier to see them doing if they want to make a turnaround with the character. I think a PG-13 theatrical with the extended uncut version on dvd/blu-ray would work well.

    • Tin Hoang

      As the father of a 5 and 2 year old, i’m more than happy to ban them from wolverine till their 13 so i can watch a proper version of the movie with all the blood and guts that comes with having sharp blades as your primary weapon.