Wolverine May Appear In APOCALYPSE; Will Shoot Back-To-Back With THE WOLVERINE Sequel

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Not too long ago, Hugh Jackman essentially said that his next outing as Wolverine, which was expected to be The Wolverine sequel, would very likely be his last. He’s been playing the character for nearly 15 years now, and has been in 7 different films as the adamantium clad brawler. That being said, he’s been teasing the end of his tenure as Logan for some time now. It’s expected that James Mangold, who helmed the last outing, will return to direct the sequel. A story is currently being hashed out for that film by David James Kelly.

After the release of Days of Future Past, the next film in the expansive franchise is X-Men: Apocalypse, which Bryan Singer is likely to direct. That film is slated for a 2016 release. A year after that, The Wolverine sequel will release. That’s not a lot of time in between films, which can essentially mean that the two films will probably shoot back-to-back and according to Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutcher Parker, that’s exactly what they are trying to do. While chatting with Collider, the X-Producers discussed their future plans.

It seemed what [Jackman] was saying to me was that in an ideal world, X-Men: Apocalypse and another Wolverine solo movie would be, in an ideal world, filmed very close together to keep his physique. So are you guys planning to film them that way?LAUREN SHULER DONNER: We’re trying
HUTCHER PARKER: We are.
DONNER: We’re absolutely trying, yes.
Is there any target for when you’re going to film Apocalypse or the next Wolverine?
DONNER: Well, we announced Apocalypse to come out in 2016, so that means we have to shoot next summer. And then we’d have to shoot our new Wolverine movie either before or after that. I think after because it will come out after.
PARKER: And as much as you have an ambition for these things, it is, as you said about Hugh, getting a script that everybody feels is ready and right. Because that is the foundation on which everything is built. So I think the goal will be Apocalypse for 2016, which means at the latest [filming begins] in summer 2015, and then the same thing with Wolverine, either before or after, but based on the script.

Hugh-Jackman-in-The-Wolverine-2013-Movie-Image-600x404-1What Frosty, the interviewer, was referring to in regards to Hugh Jackman was an interview he did with the star previously, in which Jackman reveals that he filmed The Wolverine and Days of Future Past just four months apart, with Prisoners in between that. Jackman was asked if that’s something he’d do with Apocalypse and the solo sequel. Jackman’s response is interesting in that he doesn’t deny his involvement with Apocalypse.

No, in a weird way that has crossed my mind if that’s the way things play out, because physically, even though I was complaining about it because I found out about [X-Men: Days of Future Past] a month before I finished The Wolverine, so I was already planning on my cheat meals.  It’s much easier because it’s tough to get there, physically, but once you’re there, it’s easier to maintain it.

It doesn’t sound like much, but when you place that news with the rumor of Wolverine’s status after Days of Future Past it certainly makes sense that he’d be involved in Apocalypse. I have to say, I’d be quite intrigued by the idea of Wolverine serving as a Horseman. Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler, that’s my own guess.

As for The Wolverine sequel, it’s been hinted at by several people that Old Man Logan may be in the cards. It’d be a great way to bring an end to Jackman’s reign as the iconic X-Men character. We’ll have to see how things play out over the next year or so as the ball gets rolling on both of these projects.

 

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