Wolverine and Charles Xavier have been staples of the X-Men movie franchise since its debut in 2000, and Hugh Jackman is planning for their relationship to explore some new areas in his next (and final) Wolverine film.
“I think it’s a really important relationships, but I want to see signs of that quasi-father/son sort of relationship that has not been seen before, and sides of particularly Professor X that have not been seen before,” Jackman explained in an interview with Collider. “So we have some really cool ideas.”
Jackman said writer/director James Mangold is about halfway through writing the script, with plans to begin shooting in 2016. The actor has begun physical training for the film, “but” he has yet to officially sign onto the project.
“I’m saying ‘but’ and I’m sounding a little cagey because this is the last time I’m playing him, and I have just made the commitment to myself, really, and told everyone that until that script is perfect, until it is that perfect way to sign out, I ‘m not going to start shooting,” the actor revealed. “So that’s why I don’t want to say ‘Yes’ for sure, because until Page 115, 120, whatever it is…”
Although actors are generally signed on for multi-picture deals in franchise-friendly movies such as the X-Men, Jackman has revealed that he’s only had one-picture deals for each film beginning with 2000’s X-Men. After going back and forth in 2014 and early 2015 publicly about his intention to continue playing Wolverine, he said his decision to do one last film before he quits has “pushed him harder than I’ve ever been pushed before.”
“I suppose the stakes just go up when you announce before your last season that this is your last season,” Jackman said, evoking a sports reference. “You don’t want one game to not be your best.”
“People ask me, ‘How are you going to be able to let it go?’ To me, the only way you can let it go is if you left blood every day on the studio floor.”
The untitled third Wolverine film is scheduled for release March 3, 2017.