There is some great news to the Wolverine fans. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) is supposedly having a sequel to it, Wolverine 2 and the shooting for this movie would commence in Japan as soon as January 2011 and hence we might as well expect a 2012 summer release.
It seems that X-Men screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has finished his draft of the Wolverine 2, which he began writing in August 2009. Anyhow the lead star was confirmed only a few months back and no surprises, reprising his role as Logan/Wolverine would be Hugh Jackman.
According to Hugh Jackman, Wolverine 2 is entirely different from the first Wolverine movie enhanced by different environment different people and storyline. It has been reported that the Wolverine 2 appears to be an adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller classic 1982 comic book arc, so I guess many are looking forward to it.
With the story and the lead star in place, the question we are left out with is who would take the director’s chair? X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood seems to be one option or it could be the former X-Men director Bryan Singer who has the advantage of knowing screenwriter McQuarrie or it could be open to anyone.
Tops at the box office this weekend was “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” I wasn’t that crazy about the movie (read my review here), but it’s the only new family flick out right now, which is why I think it scored high. It wasn’t bad; just wasn’t as good as the first movie. Take a peek at the numbers from Box Office Mojo:
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, $70M
- Terminator Salvation, $53.82M
- Star Trek, $29.40M
- Angels & Demons, $27.70M
- Dance Flick, $13.10M
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine, $10.10M
- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, $4.83M
- Obsessed, $2.50M
- Monsters vs. Aliens, $1.90M
- 17 Again, $1.28M
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- Star Trek, $75.20M
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine, $26.40M
- Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, $10.25M
- Obsessed, $6.56M
- 17 Again, $4.23M
- Next Day Air, $4.11M
- The Soloist, $3.94M
- Monsters vs. Aliens, $3.26M
- Earth, $2.66M
- Hannah Montana: The Movie, $2.19M
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How does Ryan Reynolds describe his character Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”? “He’s a cross between Commando and Phantom of the Opera … a man on a mission kind of thing.”
That’s a kind way to describe the mutant assassin, whom we learned earlier today is getting his very own sequel (along with the official word about an “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” sequel).
A source close to Fox says the Deadpool sequel will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel, and will be “a complete exploration of this unique character — his origins, his emergence as the Merc with the Mouth.” No writers are attached yet.
Check out what Reynolds has to say about the project, which is more than five years in the making:
|Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine * Trailer||In Theaters: May 1, 2009|
|Runtime: 107 minutes||Directed by: Gavin Hood|
|MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity||Gecko Rating:|
The best thing about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is the ending. So even if you don’t like the earlier parts of the movie, be sure to stay til the end. Two people in front of me at the theater actually got up and walked out in the middle. I thought, gee, it’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s not THAT bad.
The movie takes us back to the childhood of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). We know him from the first three “X-Men” movies, but he had a wild and interesting life before he showed up in those. Even as young Jimmy Logan in 1845, he had those spiky hands, only the spikes were crude, bony-looking things then, emerging whenever Jimmy got angry. His heritage included some daddy issues, and a half-brother named Victor Creed a.k.a. Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), complete with fangs and all.
A series of quick scenes shows the non-aging brothers fighting through several wars, including the Civil War, World War Two, and Viet Nam. We also learn that the evil Stryker (Danny Huston) is building an army of mutants called Team X. But after a particularly gruesome incident in Africa, Jimmy walks out on the group, and ends up as a woodcutter in Canada with a hot schoolteacher girlfriend (Lynn Collins).
After a devastating tragedy, Stryker convinces Jimmy to undergo a procedure that will make him indestructible. It’s an agonizing operation that injects a substance called adamantium into his skeleton. And presto-chango, he’s “Wolverine,” his once bony spikes now shiny, titanium-looking weapons of mass destruction. And Victor comes back into his life, as well.
Here’s the thing about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”: It’s not a bad movie, and Hugh Jackman and his awesome muscles are not hard to look at. But the writing is cheesy, and they could have done more with the various characters who show up in this movie, including card-shark Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), The Blob (Kevin Durand), John Wraith (Will.i.am), and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). I mean, I get that the movie is called “Wolverine,” but most of these characters are only in the movie for a few minutes, if that.
If you’re a fan of the X-Men characters and movies, you should check this one out. But you might want to wait for the DVD.
Note to Parents: There’s lots of action and fighting and explosions, including one awesome scene with an exploding helicopter. Oh, and Hugh Jackman gets naked from a distance in a couple of scenes. But overall, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a PG-13 movie about a mutant superhero.
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Hot off his turn as Wolverine in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Hugh Jackman is attached to star in “Ghostopolis,” a Disney flick a la “Medium.”
Based on a graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, “Ghostopolis” follows a man who works for the government’s Supernatural Immigration Task Force (I Googled it and couldn’t find such a real-life task force; doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, though. Sounds very X-Files.)
It’s the job of this agent to send ghosts who’ve escaped from their world back to Ghostopolis. But when a living boy is accidentally sent there, the agent teams with a female ghost (and former flame, natch) to make things right again and bring the boy home.
No director or writer is attached yet, but it’s being produced by Jackman’s Seed Productions and Gotham Group, which produced last year’s “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” There were some pretty fantastic special effects in that movie, so hopefully more of the same with “Ghostopolis.”
By the way, Seed Productions is run by Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness and John Palermo. They’re working up several comic book projects, including “Nowhere Man” from Virgin Comics.
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Halle Berry worried about fitting into her Storm outfit? Not a problem, if her recent red carpet appearance for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is any indication. Check out this fun video of Berry, Heidi Klum, and Eva Mendes doing their red carpet thing and looking fabulous.
Could Halle Berry be getting her own “X-Men” movie? She will if she has anything to say about it.
In the first three “X-Men” films, Berry played Storm, a weather-controlling mutant who rocked a skin-tight outfit pretty well. She hopes to revive the character in her own prequel, following in the footsteps of Hugh Jackman, whose “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opened in theaters Friday.
“I think that would be great,” says Berry. “Storm deserves her own movie — if I can still fit into the suit.”
Somehow, I don’t think that will be a problem. I’d love to see Storm get her own movie, too.
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Is Hugh Jackman one of the best movie stars on the planet or what?! TMZ is reporting that the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” star bought 67 breakfast trays and 80 gallons of coffee for fans who camped out in front of the theater in Tempe, Arizona,
Fans were treated to bagels, muffins, croissants and coffee totaling $4300 from the Paradise Bakery. I guess he can afford it, but what a guy!
Check out the actual receipt here.
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Stopping by Good Morning America today was Jennifer Garner, out and about to promote her new movie, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” She’s the one girl who’s immune to Matthew McConaughey’s charms, and he starts to think differently about her after being visited by past, present and future girlfriends.
The movie hits theaters tomorrow, May 1, 2009. Read my preview and watch the trailer here. And check out the last photo to see Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman, also on GMA today to promote his new movie, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” They’re adorable together!