Hugh Jackman: "Wolverine" Prequel Script is "Fantastic"

According to producer-star Hugh Jackman, David Benioff's script for "X-Men" spinoff "Wolverine" is good to go, and great to boot.

Jackman, whose magician flick "The Prestige" opens this week, talked to Comingsoon.net about "Wolverine," which is still in pre-production and scheduled for release in 2008:



"We're a year away from shooting the film and we have the script," Jackman said. "And, by the way, it is unbelievable. It's a David Benioff script. He's probably the hottest writer going around town, and he was beating down our door to write this movie. It was the most amazing thing. So, we have this fantastic script. I've got a couple of movies coming out in the next month, and I might be able to tell you who the director is by then. We're seriously into talking about it now."

"Wolverine" will be a prequel exploring the origin of Jackman's mutant "X-Men" character; plot is likely to involve Wolverine's history with the Weapon X program and his future nemesis, Sabertooth. Other characters rumored to be involved are Juggernaut, the Silver Samurai, and Lady Deathstrike.

Benioff previously wrote the screenplays for "The 25th Hour" and "Troy," and is co-writing the script for Wolfgang Peterson's "Ender's Game."

Comments

Ghost Robot

Dan Smith

wolfgang peterson is making enders game?

Oct 16 - 11:30 AM

tyler8186

Tyler Peterson

of course jackman is going to say it's "awesome"
why do we care?

Oct 16 - 11:47 AM

r_curl04

The Vines L

he also said X-3 was the best of them all.

Oct 16 - 12:19 PM

aconline

Adam Collins

[b]OUCH[/b]
You are right there. Sadly, I think his word is as good as pond scum.

Oct 16 - 12:47 PM

aknddon3

andrew kruzel

In your mind. To some it was the best, i personally thought it was tied with the Second movie.

Oct 16 - 01:16 PM

Lizard Brain

Greg Bonnette

X-Men 3 fine. Not the best one, but good none the less and better than any other superhero spinoff. However, Jackman signed onto "The Prestige" too...and that sucked the big one.

Dec 1 - 06:56 PM

aconline

Adam Collins

[b]OUCH[/b]
You are right there. Sadly, I think his word is as good as pond scum.

Oct 16 - 12:47 PM

aknddon3

andrew kruzel

In your mind. To some it was the best, i personally thought it was tied with the Second movie.

Oct 16 - 01:16 PM

aknddon3

andrew kruzel

In your mind. To some it was the best, i personally thought it was tied with the Second movie.

Oct 16 - 01:16 PM

FireflyFan4evr

Steven Johnson

If they keep within the original X-Men vision of Bryan Singer by relying upon an intelligent plot and deep characters, this film will succeed. I hope they stay away from the X3 formula of violence and excess.

Oct 16 - 02:25 PM

pgriffin

Peter Griffin

one word on "Wolverine" = "Catwoman"

Oct 16 - 03:10 PM

taran72

Dan Mills

Yep...that would be my guess too or even Wolverine = Elektra

Oct 16 - 04:13 PM

taran72

Dan Mills

Yep...that would be my guess too or even Wolverine = Elektra

Oct 16 - 04:13 PM

medicineman

Kim Hutton

So, Wolfgang Peterson is going to embarrass himself yet again by destroying Enders Game. Spielberg would do Ender's Game justice, not that self absorbed hack.

Oct 16 - 04:43 PM

Mikeal420

David Goldman

I think Jackman is at the point in his career where he can choose wether or not to continue playing Wolverine, so if he says it is a great script, I can buy that in his opinion it is a great script-- he's not just saying that because he's deperate for people to see him play the same character for the fourth time

Oct 16 - 05:55 PM

Horstradamus

Marius Horst

[b]X3 was okay[/b]
I kind of liked the way X3 turned out. It might not have been everybody's favourite, but parts of it had heart. It's funny how some people can tear down a movie like Wolverine years before it comes out without seeing a script or even a second of the movie. That is so lame.

Oct 16 - 07:04 PM

Mister_Potpourri

Ezra Dulis

This guy wrote the script of Troy?

Awful, awful, awful movie.

Oct 16 - 07:05 PM

Xiera

Blake Lindsey

Troy was the worst movie ever and it was based upon the best poem ever written. How can you screw that up? Luckily, my faith in epics will be restored with the release of Frank Miller's the 300. Plus, Hugh Jackman was in Kate and Leopold AND Van Helsing. I bet he thought those scripts were super-fantastical as well.

Oct 16 - 07:43 PM

TheIceGhost

Harry Myland

Yeah but Benioff also wrote the script for The 25th Hour, which was an aweeesome movie, so, we'll see. I'm leaning more towards it being bad than good though.

And X3 wasn't terrible. It wasn't amazing, but it was better than the bed stain people are making it out to be.

Oct 16 - 09:07 PM

Chim

Robby Robertson

Jackman's a real actor offscreen, or that's the impression I get. If you smudge his transition to film and consequent X-Men obligations from the record, his choices (Scoop, Fountain, Prestige) are respectable. He's talented and smart, and if he starts persuing projects not peddled by a major studio, he could be a great screen actor.

That said, this one's pretty sketchy.

Oct 17 - 12:31 AM

eastern2western

peter liu

[b]good salesman[/b]
hugh better say the say the script is great because his career depend on the next xmen movies. Only hits the guy had are the x men movies. Everything else he made is flat out bombs. He needs the next x movie to revive his career or he is going to be look at as box office poison.

Oct 17 - 12:34 AM

SleazyReaper

Lindsay Fredette

Revive his career? What the hell are you talking about? If his career was so bad off like you claim, he wouldn't be making as many movies as he has been.


Information from BoxOfficeMojo.Com

Van Helsing made for $160 million:
$120 million U.S.
$179 million Foreign = $300, 157,630.

Someone Like You made for $23 million
$27 million U.S.
$11 million Foreign = $38, 689,940

Kate and Leopold-Production Budget N/A
$47 million U.S
$28 million Foreign = $76,019,048

Scoop- Production Budget N/A
$10 million US
$3 million Foreign = $13, 775, 717
(Note the movie was only in 541 theaters)


How do you consider his other movies flops? Even though Van Helsing performed so-so in the U.S. it did well over seas. And his other films weren't big budget movies, and they performed well.

Oct 17 - 03:42 PM

aconline

Adam Collins

I can be absolutely awful, and still make over $100 million if it is marketed correctly. Elektra had a bad preview, so did Catwoman. As long as they hide how bad the movie is from the trailer, it will be fine box office wise. After that, they can laugh at us for seeing it, then not make any more.

Oct 17 - 10:34 AM

MattyDaddy74

Matt Bible

[b]"Catwoman" didn't have adamantium claws........[/b]
...........however Wolverine does. If it is indeed the Weapon X storyline, then that means Sabretooth, Gen. Stryker, Dr. Cornelius and many other possibilities. Maybe Omega Red, Juggernaut or even maybe the one, true Incredible Hulk could make appearances in this movie. I would love to see something done as well into Logan's deep past in the 1800's when he was known as James Howlett. God, the possibilities are endless.

Oct 17 - 01:14 PM

SleazyReaper

Lindsay Fredette

Revive his career? What the hell are you talking about? If his career was so bad off like you claim, he wouldn't be making as many movies as he has been.


Information from BoxOfficeMojo.Com

Van Helsing made for $160 million:
$120 million U.S.
$179 million Foreign = $300, 157,630.

Someone Like You made for $23 million
$27 million U.S.
$11 million Foreign = $38, 689,940

Kate and Leopold-Production Budget N/A
$47 million U.S
$28 million Foreign = $76,019,048

Scoop- Production Budget N/A
$10 million US
$3 million Foreign = $13, 775, 717
(Note the movie was only in 541 theaters)


How do you consider his other movies flops? Even though Van Helsing performed so-so in the U.S. it did well over seas. And his other films weren't big budget movies, and they performed well.

Oct 17 - 03:42 PM

killermonkey8822

Joey Chid

okay who is directing this?? that would be kool if bryan singer was doing it but there's no chance in that since he ditched us for superman but whatever.....i think this film would be good if they stay true to the comic book

Oct 17 - 07:29 PM

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