Hugh Jackman will leave the “Wolverine” franchise alone – if you guys hate it.
That’s what he told Moviehole today – that if audiences don’t go for next year’s “X-Men” prequel he’ll gladly walk away from the series and forget all about the sequel he’s already developing in his noggin.
”If itâ€™s clear to us on May second or third that thatâ€™s gone, then Iâ€™ll walk away happily”, Jackman says of the audience appeal in the character. ”Iâ€™m not going to flog something â€“ or flog a dead horse, or try and make movies that people donâ€™t really want to go and see. I have no interest in that. Even no matter how much I love the character. So there are many prerequisites”.
And although he’d personally like to do a sequel, he’s not going to do it just for the hell of it.
“Thereâ€™s a few story lines that are running my head which I think would be really cool, but unless the script is right, then I just donâ€™t see the point in doing it. Iâ€™m probably at the point in my career where I donâ€™t need it. And the last thing I want to do is just to push it on people, if it doesnâ€™t warrant a full feature movie.”
And why did Jackman decide to tell Wolverine’s story?
”Well, after X-Men, there was not, like, a fete accompli that I would do it. We basically got a great script. And I had the script and director. David Benioff, one of the great writers in Hollywood, came knocking at our door. And I went and had a meeting with him, and he told me his idea. And I just went, â€œThat is so brilliant.â€ Now, I know this character by now, and he is a mad, mad fan of the comic books. Heâ€™s not cheap. But he came to us with this idea, which was smart and interesting. And it was also steeped in a deep love of the character, and the comic book history. So I just went, â€œOkay. Thereâ€™s a reason to make this film.â€ I mean, Iâ€™d always felt there was a reason, storytelling-wise. Because as good a go as Iâ€™d had in X-Men I, II, and III, there was a lot of mystery left. I donâ€™t think â€“ we touched on it in X-Men II. But there were certainly a lot of mystery still left about his origins. I was always a mad fan, in reading the comics, of the Wolverine in Japan saga, which is one of the most famous. But ultimately, we all decided â€“ I think rightly, after seeing the film â€“ that you need to understand the characterâ€™s origins, to understand who he is. And to really get it. So thatâ€™s what the movie does. It goes right back to him as a kid, basically.”