Screenwriter Michael Green has reportedly landed the job of scripting what promises to be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance in his signature role of Wolverine.
Jackman will reunite with ‘The Wolverine’ director James Mangold for a third ‘Wolverine’ solo movie, which the Australian superstar has already hinted will be his “last time” playing the Canadian mutant anti-hero.
According to The Wrap, “multiple individuals familiar with the project” have confirmed that Green will pen this swansong movie for 20th Century Fox, for which no title or premise have yet been revealed.
Michael Green would appear to be a writer who’s very much going up in the world, thanks in no small part to his work with Hampton Fancher on the upcoming ‘Blade Runner’ sequel, set to star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, with Ridley Scott producing and Dennis Villeneuve directing.
Green’s history with comic book properties is a little more hit-and-miss, however. Having written for TV’s ‘Smallville’ and ‘Heroes,’ Green went on to pen an unproduced ‘The Flash’ script for Warner Bros/DC, as well as being one of four writers credited on - ‘ulp - 2011′s ‘Green Lantern’.
For many comic book movie fans, the presence of that widely trashed DC misfire with Ryan Reynolds on Green’s CV will be an immediate red flag, but we might note that Fox’s current go-to writer Simon Kinberg - responsible for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ plus the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ - got his break writing the also much-maligned ‘X-Men 3: the Last Stand.’
In other words - if Kinberg can find redemption, surely Green can too.
While nothing has been made official about the plot of the third ‘Wolverine’ solo movie, Patrick Stewart let slip back in February that he expects to be involved, and that the film will be “very different” from the existing X-movies. Jackman has more-or-less confirmed this since, adding “I’ve always seen [Logan and Professor Xavier] as a really important relationship.”
There have also been rumours that the film will be in some way based on comic book story ‘Old Man Logan,’ written by Fox’s Marvel movie consultant Mark Millar, though nothing has been confirmed there.
46-year old Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine in every single film made in the X-Men series thus far (although 2011′s ‘First Class’ only gave him a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo), giving him an unprecedented run among big screen superhero actors.
While Jackman and director Mangold have both indicated that this third ‘Wolverine’ solo movie will be his last, there is not yet any confirmation of whether of not Jackman will appear in the role in the upcoming ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ or the eagerly anticipated ‘X-Men’ spin-off movie ‘Deadpool,’ both of which are due in 2016.
Then there’s always the question of whether Fox will be bold enough to keep using Wolverine in the X-movies with a new actor… but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Jackman’s last ‘Wolverine’ movie is due in March 2017.
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