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Published On: Mon, Aug 13th, 2012

Hugh Jackman confirms ‘The Wolverine’ will be ‘standalone,’ ‘not packed with mutants’

There aren’t many fans of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” so the latest update by star Hugh Jackman will please most readers. Jackman is quoted in the upcoming Total Film Magazine explaining how the new film, titled “The Wolverine,” is not a sequel or a prequel.

Hugh Jackman says “The Wolverine” will not be a sequel or a prequel/20th Century Fox

Quoted in an interview with Total Film [via the Coventry Telegraph], Jackman says that ““We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture.”

Filming is already underway as the story shifts to Japan featuring the Silver Samurai and Viper as villains.

“With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic.”

Jackman has been Wolverine in four other films, going from the loner at the beginning of “X-Men” to their leader to completely alone again. “Wolverine 2” appears to return Logan to his loner status and will jump start the stories from Frank Miller’s mini-series.

Director James Mangold directs and “X-Men” writer Christopher McQuarrie wrote the screenplay.

“I talked to Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks Animation CEO and producer of Jackman’s upcoming Rise of the Guardians) about Wolverine and that franchise. He was relating to his experiences on Shrek and said it’s really got to do with the strength of the idea – the concept of why that film exists must be strong, you can’t assume that the brand will bring people along,” Jackman explained at length.

“So we went to Christopher McQuarrie, who was involved in X-Men and The Usual Suspects. He’s a brilliant writer and he came up with a concept that was just phenomenal. I rang Jeffrey and he went ‘Great, now you have a good idea, just go for it.'”

Unlike “Origins” which proved to be chaotic with the diverse cast of mutants and relied little on story.

“The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.”

 

The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, and Rila Fukushima.

The Wolverine” opens July 26, 2013.

 

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