Jackman Dumps Avon Man to Beef up for Wolverine Sequel

I guess this means Fox is really committed to a sequel to last year’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Or at least, their star Hugh Jackman is. Word is that Jackman has dropped out of the comedy “Avon Man” in order to devote the coming Fall entirely to training for the comic book sequel.

With a script by Christopher McQuarrie, the “Wolverine” sequel is expected to take Logan and his shiny claws to Japan, where he will no doubt tangle with modern-day Samurais, ninja assassins, and other assorted bad dudes with deadly intensions and even sharper blades.

Now all Fox has to do is find a director for the big-budget movie. It doesn’t look likely, though, that Bryan Singer, who is on the wish list of may fanboys, will be available to direct by next year given his current commitments.

Despite having an unfinished work print leaked onto the Internet months before it was scheduled to arrive in theaters, 2009′s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” still went on to earn $373 million in worldwide grosses from a $150 million dollar budget. The film has since gone on to make an additional $74 million in DVD.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Sooo were’ gonna get a very similar story as the first one except in Japan with ninjas and assassins trying to kill him and not the government. Unless they drop the love interest with Yuriko, which I doubt they will because it ties him to the enemy. They can’t do the Deathstrike aspect of it though, but they’ll definitely bring Silver Samurai in. That will be pretty cool actually, sword vs claws. Unless Fox just drops the ball like they did with X3 and not having the Juggernaut vs. Colossus fight.

  • The Strongest There Is

    THANK YOU for bringing up the Juggernaut vs Colossus Fight. I was complaining about that last night as a matter o fact. Though we probably still disagree about x3 haha!

    They have much improvement to make, in my opinion, with this next Wolverine. The first one was so bad I can’t bring myself to buy it, which is kind of hard for me when it comes to comic book films. So many loop holes. So much bullshit with Wolverine either made up or damaging to the legacy of the character that I just couldn’t overlook it. Then the Dead-Pool of powers I dont think I will ever forgive. I just know that if I had my choice of directors for this film, it would be either Wayne Kramer (Running Scared) or James Wachowski lol (Ninja Assassin). I don’t think anyone else can make it as badass as it will have to be to make me care about a sequel to that crapfest known as origins: Wolverine.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Why? Did you like X3? I didn’t hate it, but it felt rushed and thye just didn’t have the payoff I wanted. I liked how they did the Dark Phoenix and brought it down to Earth with it not being a cosmic entity, but for the most part it was a let down. Bringing in characters to do nothing with. It was just okay. But after seeing Incredible Hulk, I was like “this was what i wanted to see in X3!” I was waiting for them to destroy the building from fighting and then both come up out the rubble and keep at it, but NOOOOOO!!!!

    Wolverine was pretty bad I agree. I loved Liev Shcrieber as Creed though, and I liked what they did with Blob, but Weapon XI (I refuse to call him Deadpool) was atrocious and blasphemy. And I didn’t believe the relationship between him and Silverfox, which is supposed to be his great loss, and what spurred him to go back to Striker in the film, and it just didn’t work. Oh and it’s James McTiegue that did Ninja Assassin (Wachowskis produced). But either director would bring more energy to this film. I loved Running Scared too.