Every since it was announced, there has been much speculation and debate that Wolverine 3 will be based on the classic Marvel comic book story Old Man Logan. Today, sources close to the production allegedly confirm that this final sequel for Hugh Jackman will indeed be based on this source material. And according to DenofGeeks, 20th Century Fox is releasing the movie in theaters with an R rating.

Way back in July of 2015, Hugh Jackman asked his Twitter followers to name what they wanted to see most in Wolverine 3. While he received thousands of suggestions, the top choice was for Logan to display his berserker rage. And a majority of the fans want this popular X-Men mutant to have an onscreen rematch with Sabertooth. If the latest report is true, this impending fight will be the bloodiest, most violent brawl ever created for the franchise. And it will surely put Wolverine's Adamantium claws to perfect use.

Many fans have longed to see an R rated Wolverine as portrayed by Hugh Jackman, and they nearly got their wish with the 2013 sequel The Wolverine, which did arrive on the home market in an unrated director's cut. Now, multiple sources close to the production claim that Wolverine 3 has been targeting an R rating long before Deadpool's stunning success at the box office. It is further stated that director James Mangold and his team have long wanted to bring Hugh Jackman's Logan saga to a very violent and gory end, which falls inline with what plays out in the Old Man Logan comics.

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Written by Mark Millar with art from Steve McNiven, the Old Man Logan arc is infamous for its extreme action. The Marvel Comics saga was published in June 2008 and ran through September 2009, spread across the paces of Wolverine #66 through #72, along with Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan. The plot follows an aging Logan in a distant post-apocalyptic future. Magneto, Dr. Doom, and the Red Skull have divided the dystopian United States amongst themselves after the X-Men team comes to a mysterious end. With a wife and two children, Logan has abandoned his Wolverine persona, and refuses to ever extract his claws again.

In the pages of this Marvel comic, fans witness extremely graphic decapitations and gory murders. And the hero at the center of it all has a robust lust for blood. Many believed the adaptation would be impossible for 20th Century Fox to bring to the big screen, since a number of Marvel owned characters such as Hulk and Hawkeye play an important role. It has been rumored in the past that Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier, who is confirmed to be in the movie, is taking over the Hawkeye role. In the book, a blind Hawkeye hires Wolverine to deliver a secret package to New Babylon.

Wolverine 3 will probably arrive in theaters with a new title, but it's unclear if we'll actually see Old Man Logan on the marquee. The X-Men spinoff will hit theaters on March 3, 2017. Michael Green is writing the script. Shooting begins next month, so it's possible that we'll learn more at that time. What do you think? Are you excited for an R rated version of Old Man Logan?

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