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WOLVERINE 2 Confirmed


By Rob M. Worley     May 05, 2009
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'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' among new projects for actor/producer Hugh Jackman. PLUS: 'Human Target' looking strong for pickup. 'Wanted' writer talks sequel. C2Fs dominate MTV awards and more. It's a doctor, not physicist! It's your Comics2Film 9.5.5!



WOLVERINE 2 Development Underway

Variety confirms recent rumors that Hugh Jackman is now in development on a sequel to the weekend hit 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'.

Jackman would produce and, of course, star in the film which will make use of the Marvel mutant's Samurai period, in which he travels to Japan and becomes involved with Markio Yashida, the Yakuza and the Silver Samurai. Some fans who watched the current movie past the credits saw a teaser for this storyline, one of several post-credit scenes that were attached to various prints of the film.

Prior rumors had placed 'Slumdog Millionaire' scribe Simon Beaufoy as the screenwriter for the film, but the Variety article refutes this, stating that a writer has yet to be hired.

Jackman's Seed Productions partner John Palermo would also produce.

Other new projects for Jackman include 'Drive' based on the James Sallis novel, 'Carousel' based on the stage musical and 'Ghostopolis', detailed in yesterday's news cycle.

What do you think, Maniacs? Looking forward to WOLVERINE 2?



WOLVERINE to air on FX Channel

According to Variety, The cable FX Channel has acquired the network rights to 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' as part of a  $80 million package deal with sister company 20th Century Fox.

Rights to 'Wolverine' come as part of a bundle that includes 'Taken', 'Marley and Me', 'The Wrestler', 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', 'Bride Wars', '12 Rounds' and 'Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.'

Recently FX has been closing deals for top-draw movies with Universal, Marvel, Paramount, Sony and DreamWorks Animation as part of an emerging trend that sees the cable outlets out-bidding the traditional broadcast heavyweights.



HUMAN TARGET Looking Strong for Pickup

It's TV announcement season, in which the networks unveil their fall slates to journalists. The Hollywood Reporter runs through a list of likely shows from the various nets.

Of special interest to fans of comic-based fare is the mention that 'Human Target' is a front-runner for pickup at Fox.

A pilot for the show, based on the DC Comics character, was filmed in Vancouver earlier this year. The show would star Mark Valley as the title character, along with Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley in supporting roles. Mania.com also revealed that Tricia Helfer also has a role in the pilot, but not the ongoing show.

Fox is set to announce its fall lineup this month.



WANTED Screenwriter on WANTED 2 Personnel change

Fans who read last month's news that 'Winnie the Pooh' writer Evan Spiliotopoulos was replacing Chris Morgan as screenwriter on 'Wanted 2' may have been a little puzzled by the announcement. MTV Splash Page went to Morgan (who co-wrote the original) for answers.

Morgan said he's still involved with the sequel, but his dance card was filling up and he couldn't commit the time to writing the script, as he's currently at work on the 'Gears of War' movie. But the comic sequel will be based on a storyline that Morgan helped develop.

"Evan is going to go ahead and write the story that we came up with and I’m probably going to come on later," said Morgan. "So, I’m still part of the process, but I didn’t want to hold up the 'Wanted' production schedule."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Comics2Films dominate MTV Movie Awards

The nominations are in and voting is now open on the 2009 MTV Movie Awards:

As is often the case, comic-based films show up in numerous categories. Check out this summary:

BEST MOVIE: 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man'.

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE: Angelina Jolie in 'Wanted'

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE:  Christian Bale in 'The Dark Knight' and Robert Downey Jr in 'Iron Man'

BEST VILLAIN: Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight' and Luke Goss in 'Hellboy II'

BEST KISS: Angelina Jolie  and James McAvoy in 'Wanted'

BEST FIGHT: Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger: 'The Dark Knight' and Ron Perlman Vs. Luke Goss in 'Hellboy II'

BEST WTF MOMENT: Curved Bullet Kill - Angelina Jolie in 'Wanted'.

There are other nominees from movies that aren't based on comics, but do those actually matter? Now go vote!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



And we leave you with another gripping installment of...

Jon Favreau Tweets about IRON MAN 2

From Favreau's Twitter Feed...

# More suited destruction today. Rigging a big gag with lots of cameras. 7:45am April 4th

# ILM on set today. Doing a mix of practical suits and Imocap, their version of on set motion capture developed originally for Pirates 2. 2:45pm April 4th


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Hobbs 5/5/2009 5:30:25 AM

87 mil opening will weekend will quickly get a Greenlight to the sequel.  Good for Hugh, now he needs to amp up the character the way he should have in the first one.  The Wolvie Mini-series is the way to go with this.  Just stick to the Claremont/Miller story and it will be as good as TDK.  They start cutting corners to sell toys or dumb it down to make a PG-13 rating it won't be any better then the first one.  Not that the first one sucked but I think most of us can agree it could have been better.

monkeyfoot 5/5/2009 7:54:43 AM

Been off the site for a few days and things are lively as usual here.

Of course W2 is coming and good. I enjoyed the first. No, it's not what I would have done or maybe everyone else's idea of a solo Wolvie movie but it was enjoyable and PG-13 fun for fans of all ages (How can you slash so many people and there isn't any blood?) But I think he should amp up the grittiness for the Samurai sequel.

hanso 5/5/2009 8:04:35 AM

Great, the childhood raping continues from Fox! Don't believe me? Check that Fox guy's quote that he twitted.

violator14 5/5/2009 8:46:58 AM

alright.... im really sick of complaining about this wolverine movie.... over it.

SO i'm gonna take a leap of faith and just believe that Wolverine 2 will be good. The story, and everything u need is right there Fox. It's hard to fuck up a storyline this good w/ samurais and ninjas. Hopefully Fox is actually LEARNING from their mistakes. But then again... they seem to be moneyhungry, bloodthirsty motherfuckers willing to do anything to earn a buck.

Us maniacs really should bust a Project Mayhem ( Fight Club) and kidnap the executive producers on their way to the batheroom in our black ski masks and say... "Do NOT fuck up these next marvel movies. We take out your trash, we deliver your mail, we cook your food, we guard u while u sleep...... Do NOT FUCK w/ us"

jedi4sshield 5/5/2009 9:43:56 AM

Um ..... does this Wolverine movie happen right after Wolverine 1 or X-Men 3? Cause if this is before X-Men 1 and Wolverine learns a little bit of the Martial Arts I would like Fox to explain how he got his ass Kicked by Mystique in X-men 1 and by pretty by much everyone else (Technically). I mean Wolvy gets people back but.....Lets see He get's uppercut by Sabertooth (Whom he doesnt know apparently) He gets the crap kicked out of him by Mystique even though he gives her the claw in the end. Magneto Owns Wolverine every time (as if he couldnt). Juggernaut all but wiped the floor with him. Come on, hes gotta have some skills in him not only from his time fighting in the WARS. If not, then post memory loss Wolverine (if this is the case) has got to get some Martial Art Skills. I'm hoping this is Wolverine 2 after X-Men 3 cause it would be cool!! otherwise it seems like continuity begins to go out the window. It seemed he was kicking some butt in this Wolverine Origins movie, just wish they follow suit.

goirish83 5/5/2009 9:44:52 AM

VIOlater......after Iron Man, there should be no mistakes.  How can a comic company fuck up it's own movie ?  Inexcusable, and that movie was inexcusable with that fucked up story.  Great, now we have another piece of shit movie loaded with every mutant in the Marvel Universe to look forward to.

I propose that laws be passed that Favreau direct EVERY Marvel movie forthwith.

monkeyfoot 5/5/2009 10:00:43 AM

You guys make good points about continuity being twisted and such in the movies. But we can see it from the POV of comic fans familiar with the character. But the movie/Jackman Wolverine is different from comics and to the average moviegoer it is obviously just fine for them, judging by the B.O.

Depending on the actor James Bond can move far and wide from the books but most people don't read the books.They know the character from the movies and it is the same for Wolverine. This movie fits in with the continuity they've set up from the 3 X-men movies (whether you like them all or not) and that's how they'll play it. Like I said it is not how I would have done it, but I didn't work my way through the film industry to reach a point in my career to be given the opportunity to make the Wolverine movie I might have done. Nolan's Dark Knight is different from the Batman comics. You will never see another superhero show up in the Batman franchise until Chris Nolan is done with the character but the movie is still fantastic. For what they are doing with Wolverine I think its enjoyable fun but not prize-winning like TDK but it'll probably continue that way.

gauleyboy420 5/5/2009 10:06:18 AM

Violator, So stop complaining about it... Sorry BUB, just sayin

Wolverine was a good movie, AND it's not like not being the perfect movie takes anything away from enjoying seeing our fav canadian mutant runnin around takin care of his BIN-NESS!

I really...REALLY don't unerstand what people didn't like about this movie....


They can't all be oscar winners, some are good fun blockbuster action flicks.

AND I've read many X-men comics that I wish I hadn't so to blame FOX is kinda a knee - jerk reaction.

Hell for many years X-comics were my favorite, but one day I realized they slowly turned to shit, and stopped buying them for about 5 years until Grant Morrisons run (which evolved into Joss's run) brought me back into the fold.

Anyway, why don't you guys enjoy life a little more? This movie was as good as most of the Wolverine/ X-comics I've read over the last 5 years.

Anyway I'm tired of defending good comic movies.

Go back and watch Superman 3-4, or Batman and Robin, or the spirit if you wanna see a bad comic movie in the mean time, leave the fun ones alone

gauleyboy420 5/5/2009 10:09:38 AM

One more thing...

I loved Iron Man, but soon, Favreau is gonna make an executive decision that is gonna tweak 80% of you off and you'll all turn on him like fickle rabid little fan-boys...I won't (unless he puts nipples on the Mark V armor) it's a fucking cool asss comic movie




AND as far as continuity goes with Wolverine, we have at least 7-10 years before X-1. Scott looked to be about 15, and in X-1 he seems to be in his late 20's

It's movie continuity, NOT comic continuity




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hanso 5/5/2009 10:23:23 AM

I'll tell ya why Gauley.  I lifted this from AICN because it's something I agree with.

"There's nothing to advance characters, relationships or empathy with anything going on on screen. Remember how quickly and easily Singer bonded Wolverine with Rogue? Well, after Logan walks from Nigeria to the Canadian Rockies where he has a picturesque cabin. Its all just there.

Did he build it? Buy it? How long has he been with the woman there? How'd they meet? How deep has their relationship gone. They tell us that they love each other, but it isn't shown. She teaches school apparently, but how did the school teacher meet the most lethal badass in comic history? Was it a bar? What was that moment like when Logan revealed his true self to her. That he's an ageless eternal with bone claws that can never die?

I know, I know. There's no time for love Dr Jones. Well, there better damn well be some time for it, because she's the entire lynchpin for the entire fucking movie. She's the thing that makes him turn himself into Weapon X, that makes him hand himself over to someone he despises with the express purposes of killing his brother... hmmm... Too bad she comes across as the girl he's shacked up with. How hard was it to establish their relationship, instead of a visual effects sequence showing Wolverine fighting through time. Sure it isn't as embeddable, but had they just used that time to make us care."

That's the main problem with the movie.  You don't care about anything going on cause they don't take the time to make the viewer care.  They rather have a cool explosion to next explosion and show off the next mutant that will be sold as an action figure.

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