X-Men Origins: Wolverine hasn't even officially opened yet, but star Hugh Jackman already has ideas for where he wants to see the mutant hero go next. Jackman spoke to MTV where he revealed that he has already been talking to writers about the next film, saying "I'm a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book."
Jackman explained what he makes him interested in exploring that part of Wolverine's life. "There are so many areas of that Japanese story," Jackman says. "I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world - I can see it aesthetically, too - full of honor and tradition and customs and someone who's really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his way. The idea of the samurai, too - and the tradition there. It's really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai - not even mutants. He's shocked by that at first."
Showing that he really knows his Wolverine history, Jackman continued on with other parts of the story that interest him. "There's also a great, very intricate story there with Mariko," hinted Jackman, "And so many cool ways we could go."
Jackman is right on the money, with Logan's time in Japan making up a large part of the hero's history and personality. Still, as much Jackman might be interested in taking things in that direction, he also says that he could just as easily see the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine leading right into the beginning of X-Men.
"However, it was also another one of my goals that you could see the end of this movie parlaying straight into ['X-Men'], finding that guy in the bar, fighting, drinking, with not much recollection of what's going on," Jackman says. "I thought that was important. However, we'll find out beginning of May if there's still an audience for it, if people still like the character. There's no point in telling the story if no one wants to hear it."
Regardless, with the news that one of the "secret endings" for X-Men Origins: Wolverine show Logan in a Japanese bar, speaking Japanese, it seems like Jackman is hedging his bets, and making sure to keep the door open to take his Adamantium-clawed hero into the land of the Rising Sun.
Leading up to the events of X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe. The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, will.i.am, Dominic Monaghan, and Daniel Henney.
Learn more about what Jackman wants to do as he reveals more about the his Japanese wishes in our exclusive video interview:
X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters May 1st, 2009.