While speaking to Collider, Hugh Jackman confirms that the script for Wolverine 3 isn’t complete, but adds that it will indeed focus on the father/son relationship between Logan and Sir Patrick Stewart‘s Xavier. This is pretty much confirmation that Stewart will be returning in a likely final performance as the telepath surrogate father to wayward mutants.
“I’ll be really honest with you, the actual script in its full form we’re up to about Page 60. Obviously there’s a treatment, so it’s not fully done yet, we’re not fully there. Patrick does figure in it that’s for sure. I think it’s a really important relationship 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. So we have some really, really cool ideas.”
Even though director James Mangold confirmed a winter shoot, it sounds like Jackman has to sign-off on the final script before production begins.
“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 gonna start shooting. So that’s why I don’t wanna say ‘Yes’ for sure, because until Page 115, 120, whatever it is…”
“The ultimate plan is let’s start shooting next year… I’m starting the training, I’m starting the eating and mentally really preparing for it. It’s not just me, the studio as well—I’m trying to do something with this that’s a little special, a little different. I’ve got a very, very strong idea of what that is. I really have known for quite a long time how I want to finish this sort of odyssey that I’ve been on, this amazing journey. And I won’t let it fall anywhere in between. I won’t fall short of it.”
One of the clear winning aspects of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is that it finally explored why the bond between Charles Xavier and Logan always felt lacking in the original trilogy, as the two really play off each other so well. Wether that’s with Sir Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy, those characters play-off each other so well.
Having Stewart return for a possible final reprisal of Xavier is a way to send off his excellent contributions to the franchise, having it be the same film as Jackman’s last feels fitting too, as they both started together ending together is slightly touching.
It also makes perfect sense considering the source material that is said to be the basis of the third film. Old Man Logan, has a huge rights conflict as a majority of the characters aren’t allowed to be used by 20th Century Fox. Replacing a blind Hawkeye with Xavier makes a bunch of sense, not to mention Xavier could also be Logan’s guiding light as his inner consciousness, or used in flashbacks.
I’m certain it’s title will end-up being Wolverine: Old Man Logan.
As we’ve said multiple times on this site, bringing back Liev Schreiber’s Victor Creed aka Sabertooth is one thing, but we really want to finally get Arkady Gregorivich aka Omega Red! Having them both return could help reboot his time in the Weapon X Program, along with replacing villains like the Hulks and Red Skull from Old Man Logan that Fox can’t use due to rights conflicts with Marvel Studios. Including Red, could mean exploring Logan’s black-ops days during the Cold War, along with including Russia and Eastern Europe as a location for the film.
Wolverine 3 will begin production next year with a March 2017 release.