HUGH JACKMAN: 'OLD MAN LOGAN' Next WOLVERINE Solo Film?
Hugh Jackman has been quoted on record saying he doesn't know how many more times he'll play the mutant anti-hero Wolverine in 20th Century Fox's X-Men movie franchise, but in an interview with The Vulture the actor reveals that he and The Wolverine director James Mangold have talked about a sequel to their 2013 collaboration.
"In the mix," according to Jackman, is Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's popular 2008-2009 Wolverine "Old Man Logan" arc that saw an aged Logan renouncing his fighting ways to be a family man until dragged back for one final battle.
Jackman is careful to say nothing has been decided yet, but does laughingly say that given his aging he's "rapidly approaching Old Man Logan!"
The storyline would perhaps give Fox an chance to have Jackman star in one last Wolverine solo film, while simultaneously casting a younger actor for X-Men: Apocalypse. Jackman has previously conceded the role will eventually be recast, and aging him for "Old Man Logan" while a younger actor takes over the role in the team film could be an elegant means of transition for Fox.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Nabs $8.1m Thursday Night
Speaking of the X-Men, Deadline reports X-Men: Days of Future Past grossed $8.1M on 2,900 screens starting with 10pm showings in its North American Thursday night debut, still putting the film on pace for a $100m+ four-day Memorial Day weekend opening frame.
In comparison, Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed $10.2m its opening Thursday evening (but starting with 8pm showings), Amazing Spider-Man 2 grossed $8.7m (8pm) and Godzilla grossed $9.3m (3400 screens at 7pm).
The film still has a stellar rating on Rotten Tomatoes (93% critics approval and 95% audience approval) and word of mouth should fuel strong Saturday-Monday receipts.
GODZILLA Director Tapped For 2016 STAR WARS 'Solo' Film
Gareth Edwards is going from a franchise monster to a monster franchise, as last night the British director was announced to direct an untitled Star Wars film. The film will reportedly not be part of the main story or "episodes," but will feature a character spun off from the main narrative and is pencilled in for December 16, 2016.. This caps off a great week for Edwards, as his most recent film Godzilla was released last Friday and has already earned north of $200 million. Joining Edwards on this new project is screenwriter (and comics alum) Gary Whitta, who wrote the sci-fi films The Book of Eli and After Earth.
Just after Edwards involvement with the Star Wars franchise was announced, Godzilla producer (and Legendary Films co-founder) Thomas Tull released a statement congratulating the director, but also confirming Edwards was still in line to do a sequel to Godzilla.
“Gareth’s filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation’s most creative and visionary directors, "Tull said. "The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.”
Edwards has worn his love for Star Wars proudly as he came into the industry as a filmmaker. In 2011 in a write-up for The Observer, Edwards called Star Wars: Episode IV a film that "changed his life." Edwards stated that at the time he'd watched the film over 200 times, and on his 30th birthday even traveled to Tunisia to visit the buildings which poses as Luke Skywalker's boyhood home.
"Now I only watch it when I need to remind myself of what it is I want to do with my career – every now and again, just for a little bit," Edwards wrote in 2011. " When you get older the world becomes smaller and more repetitive, but A New Hope still feels like magic to me, like the world's this massive place that's so epic you can never comprehend it all – there's so much to do and it's so exciting. So anything that helps to create that feeling of wonder that I had as a kid, I don't want to use up all at once because I never want that feeling of magic to end."