Although there have been plenty of debates and rumours about “Wolverine 3” circulating online, details on the X-Men spinoff have been kept under wraps. Until now.
Sources close to the production have confirm that Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film will be adapting the Old Man Logan story from the classic Marvel comics. 20th Century Fox have also given “Wolverine 3” the green light to be shot for an R-rating.
According to Techno Buffalo, Fox has been planning to explore the Old Man Logan route and was aiming for an R-rating even before “Deadpool” was released. Judging from the recent success of “Deadpool“, it looks like the box office results have just cemented the studio’s decision for a darker version of Wolverine.
Director James Mangold and his team have also expressed their desire to bring Jackman’s Wolverine saga “to a very violent and gory end, which falls inline with what plays out in the Old Man Logan comics”, reports Movie Web. This goes without saying that the fans too want Wolverine’s Adamantium claws to be put to perfect use.
For the uninitiated, the 8-issue Wolverine arc is written by “Kingsman” and “Kick-Ass” creator Mark Millar, with art from Steve McNiven. In the comics, an ageing Logan is the last surviving X-Men member in a post-apocalyptic future where supervillains have banded together to destroy Earth’s heroes, leaving America a wasteland.
With a wife and 2 children, Logan has vowed to never use his claws again. But when fellow ex-Avenger Hawkeye shows up with a new task, the 2 men end up falling into a trap that requires Logan to channel his inner animal and embrace the Wolverine once again. Yes, heads will surely roll, and it ain’t going to be pretty.
However, since Marvel owns the rights to many of the supporting characters in the story (including the Hulk, Hawkeye, and the Red Skull), the core story would probably be structured more around Logan’s journey rather than the various characters he encounters. Patrick Stewart, on the other hand, is already onboard as Professor X.
My last time putting on the claws. What do you want to see happen? 50 words or less. I'll read as many as I can. pic.twitter.com/ksA1Gii5tf
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 27, 2015
To echo John Casteele’s sentiments, even with the changes of the supporting cast, watching the Old Man Logan adaptation on the big screen would be a dream come true for many fans. Last year, Jackman even encouraged fans to chime in on what they would like to see when he dons his claws one last time for “Wolverine 3”.
Congrats fans, your voices were heard! Using the Old Man Logan story as the basis for “Wolverine 3” is indeed a bold move. In the meantime, we’re super stoked to see Jackman with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, which is set to be released on 19th May 2016.
“Wolverine 3” is expected to hit theatres on 3rd March 2017.