In ‘The Wolverine‘ we saw Hugh Jackman able to please more critics than not and with the return on the investment being high, we might just get him back for another film. While Hugh hasn’t signed on for another ‘Wolverine’ film quite yet, the groundwork is already there for it to happen.

20th Century Fox is already in negotiations with James Mangold (‘3:10 to Yuma’) for his return for a follow up film. Not only that, but fans recently got very excited about a deleted scene from the movie that revealed an outfit that many would love to see him wear. On top of that, the other day Hug Jackman revealed that he had been on the phone with Mangold and stated:

“There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”

Clearly while the two haven’t signed anything yet they are talking and are very excited about what could be coming together for what would be Hugh’s eighth portrayal of the character. Jackman is no longer under contract to play Marvel’s most well known mutant, but that doesn’t mean anything at this point as he “started with a two-picture deal on the first two [X-Men films], and from that point on, it’s been movie by movie — not just me, but Fox and Jim and everyone,” he says. “I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of The Wolverine.”

While he loves the franchise, Jackman does say that  he won’t play Wolverine without a reason to get him on the screen. As he’s getting older, “the actual working out gets harder and harder” and he needs “a compelling reason to do another one”:

“I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. … I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward.”

I’m curious what plot point he will find compelling enough to return to the adamantium claws. Wolverine’s history is rich with stories that are action filled and have evoked character growth. Maybe the next movie will finally be able to do a proper mixture of both of those.

If you were in the writer’s shoes which area of Wolverine’s past or present would you want them to focus on next? Also which characters would be important for you to have them bring into the film? Sound off below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly