James Mangold in Talks to Direct Wolverine 3

15 Comments
Hugh Jackman, James Mangold and Tao Okamoto on the set of The Wolverine (2013) Movie Image

James Mangold (left) directing and stuff.

You know what I liked best about James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”? That it wasn’t some annoying “this is the first of a new trilogy!” sell. It was a stand-alone movie, pure and simple, and I think it worked as that.

$413 worldwide box office later, and Wolverine is looking pretty sharp. So sharp, in fact, that Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is essentially the de facto star of Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past (see the trailer if you disagree) and now he’s got a third solo film outing on the horizon — with director James Mangold in talks to return behind the camera.

Besides directing, Mangold is also expected to deliver a treatment for the next installment.

Hugh Jackman, of course, will return as Logan aka the mutant with the healing factor. It’s a good idea to knock the Wolverine standalone movies out now, because let’s face it, Jackman is getting up there in years. That’s going to be a tad difficult to explain when Wolverine isn’t supposed to age. Pretty soon, the dreaded “R” world is going to be tossed around. Hollywood magic can only do so much, ya know?

The Twentieth Century Fox comic book movie “The Wolverine” took place before Singer’s “Days of Future Past”, and took Wolverine to Japan by adapting the Frank Miller comic book limited series starring the hairy canucklehead.

The Wolverine (2013) Movie Teaser Poster

Via : Deadline

Author: Nix

Editor/Writer at BeyondHollywood.com. Likes: long walks on the beach and Kevin Costner post-apocalyptic movies. Dislikes: 3D, shaky cam, and shaky cam in 3D. Got a site issue? Wanna submit Movie/TV news? Or to email me in regards to anything on the site, you can do so at nix (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • Sauron

    He ages but very slowly. In some of the comic books he is with white hair and obviously older.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      OLD MAN LOGAN!!!! That needs to be an animated flick!!

  • Juggernaut

    I’d love a movie where they delve into his time with Alpha Flight! Fox obviously doesn’t stick to the original stories or time frames from the comics so introducing the team and a scenario where he finds himself working with the Canadian government would be easy enough to do. They could have him approached by the James and Heather Hudson to help with a situation and in exchange for his help they will give him back his Admantium.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      *Sigh* you think too big LOL!
      Also the Hudsons were the elderly couple in X-men: Origins. I know, I know Damned Fox!!!
      Fox is just getting their sh*t together with X-men and you want them to try for the Canadian Avengers? LOL Good luck man!
      I’d say another good storyline to tell is a version of enemy of the state. They can throw in mutant cameos instead of regular Marvel heroes. Won’t happen but was a good storyline.
      Or the Omega Red storyline!!!

      • Juggernaut

        I don’t think too big, Fox thinks too small! Just because they can’t get their act together shouldn’t mean that we don’t get a proper Wolverine film. The elderly couple from XOW were named Travis and Heather Hudon that’s an easy recon. It would go something like this.

        During the events of this new film Logan is tracked down by James and Heather Hudson. They offer him the chance to undergo a new version of the admantium lacing procedure done by the Canadian gpovernments top scientific team led by Dr. Cornelius. In exchange for that opportunity Logan is asked to partner with a government team trying to find Cornelius’ old colleague Prof. Thornton. Thornton has a new derivitive of the admantium that was being tested at Department H. Thornton has taken the new metal, carbonadium, and plans to weaponize it for a Russian terrorist organization. Logan is hesitant at first but upon learning that James is the son of the couple that he once accidentally put in harms way he decides to stay on and assist in capturing Thornton as pennance.

        Viola!

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          I’m not the one you need to convince. I just think bringing in Alpha Flight as much as I love most of the characters brings about the same problems as having Wolverine be the major focus in the X-men films. I like how you took the Alpha FLight and Omega Red ideas and mashed them up. I just think Wolverine’s solo movies should be just that. Sure there may be a supporting character with abilities or something but it should focus on him. WHich is why i chose Omega Red, as the story cna be contained to Logan, some supporting characters and the antagonists and gives him a formidable advesary.

          • Juggernaut

            Unfortunately all of the cool aspects from the Omega Red story line have already been bastardized in the X-Men film trilogy and more so in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Team X, the Weapon X facility, it has been done. That was why the idea of having Alpha Flight serve almost as a substitute for Team X. I wouldn’t want them to be major characters, just supporting roles in a bigger arc. maybe a spin-off if the characters resonated with fans. Fox has already expressed interest in creating a shared universe for the mutants in upcoming films. The Omega Red angle could take the place of the Weapon X facility. We could finally get the scene with Logan inside the standing tank from the comics! Obviously Logan should be the central figure but having a supporting cast and enemy that are relevant to his character wouldn’t be a burden it would only enhance the character’s importance.

    • ErickKwon

      Unless it somehow happens in “DoFP”, Fox has to make sure he gets his adamantium claws back, so why not explore a storyline that either revisits the Weapon X project in Canada or maybe returns to Japan to revisit Shingen Industries?

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I just hope the learned from the Wolverine, while it was a decent comic book movie and one that I enjoyed immensely, the third act was severely disappointing and ruined a lot of the better aspects of the film.

    • Juggernaut

      The third act would have been fine if it wasn’t so drastically different than the rest of the movie. If the rest of the movie were like the end I wouldn’t have minded.
      The first two acts were very character driven and grounded while the third was much more a blockbuster, sci-fi action movie. Not that it’s a bad thing, it was just jarring. It seemed like Mangold had control over the script until the end then the studio came in and said that it wasn’t comic book-y enough or something. It was distracting and a bit disappointing. The slow burn was fitting for the story being told.

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        You forgot to mention the fact that we never got to see Logan Square of against the Clan.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          We did. Then they shot him with arrows. The End. (That was super lame right there. I kept expecting a major throwdown and … nothing.)

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Exactly my point!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            OH MY GOD!! THe Raid/meets The Protector!!! With Claws!!! Good god I hope that’s in the unrated version!!

          • Juggernaut

            Yeah. That was pretty weak. A five minute scene where he cuts his way through the clan and ascends through the facility’s levels would have been bad ass!