Hugh Jackman has admitted that he’ll happily leave the Wolverine franchise that’s kicking off with the eponymous pic next year- if it gets stale and the fan appeal drops to zero.
''If it’s clear to us on May second or third that that’s gone, then I’ll walk away happily", Jackman tells Moviehole. ''I’m not going to flog something – or flog a dead horse, or try and make movies that people don’t really want to go and see. I have no interest in that. Even no matter how much I love the character. So there are many prerequisites".
But he shows no sign of abandoning one of his favourite roles just yet. “There are a few story lines that are running my head which I think would be really cool, but unless the script is right, then I just don’t see the point in doing it. I’m probably at the point in my career where I don’t need it. And the last thing I want to do is just to push it on people, if it doesn’t warrant a full feature movie.''
“Wolverine was not a fait accompli”
So what got him to sign on to next May’s new outing for Logan? “After X-Men, there was not, like, a fete accompli that I would do it. We basically got a great script. And I had the script and director. David Benioff, one of the great writers in Hollywood, came knocking at our door. And I went and had a meeting with him, and he told me his idea. And I just went, ‘That is so brilliant.’
“Now, I know this character by now, and he is a mad, mad fan of the comic books. He’s not cheap. But he came to us with this idea, which was smart and interesting. And it was also steeped in a deep love of the character, and the comic book history.”
We doubt he’s quite ready to ditch the Adamantium skeleton just yet – though expect a longer wait between Wolvie adventures. Oh, and if you want to see more from Hugh and co, go and see the film when it arrives next year…
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