Wolverine 3 is going to be the last time that Hugh Jackman plays the indestructible Mutant Logan in the X-Men franchise. Of course he wants it to be the best it can be. Speaking with Collider, he described his commitment to this series-ending sequel. While a 2016 production start date is being planned, Hugh Jackman refuses to set a firm date until the story is in place, and is better than anything that has come before it. He explains his reasons for quality control.
"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..."
In the same interview, Hugh Jackman reveals that Patrick Stewart has a pretty substantial role, and that a great deal of the story will deal with Xavier and Logan's father-son relationship. The script is halfway done, with just a little over an hour's worth of material completed. The full story treatment is finished, but the actor won't reveal any more about that. He does say it's about 90% where it needs to be. Though, there is a bit more work that needs to be done before he feels completely comfortable with it. He stated the following.
"I feel that I'm pushing harder than I've ever pushed before. I suppose the stakes just go up when you announce before your last season that this is your last season, you don't want one game to not be your best... People ask me, 'How are you gonna be able to let it go?' To me the only way you can let it go is if you left blood every day on the studio floor. 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."
When asked if Wolverine 3 would take place in Hugh Jackman's home country of Australia, he seemed a little cagey. Perhaps the location will give too much away about the story. But he won't rule out an Australian shoot. He says.
"Possibly. They do [have great sound stages], and the dollar's being nice right now. That is one of the things that is up in the air a little bit, not 100% sure where we'll shoot. And that's part script, part life, family life and all of that."
As you can see, nothing about Wolverine 3 is set in stone. The plan is for a 2016 shoot and a 2017 release, with that sounding on track as of now. Perhaps it will change, but we doubt it. What do you think? Does it sound like Hugh Jackman is on his way to having a career best movie under his belt with Wolverine 3?