Late last year, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman began teasing that he’d like to bring Logan to Japan for a live-action adaptation of Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s fan-favorite story arc that had the Marvel Comics hero learning Eastern philosophy and fighting skills. While the actor offered up a confirmation of sorts prior to “Wolverine” hitting theaters that he was “talking to writers” about going the Japanese route for the sequel, the studio made it official after the film found success at the box office.
During this weekend’s Teen Choice Awards, Jackman devoted part of his acceptance speech (“Wolverine” won the action/adventure film category) to teasing the aforementioned sequel — and Logan’s impending journey to Japan.
“Who knows, maybe Wolverine will use one of these when he heads to Japan,” Jackman told the crowd, holding up the surfboard that served as the award. “See you next time around!”
“The ’going to Japan’ was pretty serious, the ’using the surfboard’ was not. Not a lot of surfing in Japan,” laughed Jackman when we caught him backstage.
Offering an update of sorts for the sequel, Jackman told MTV News “Japan is where we’re heading, [and] we’re starting to work on it now. We’re in the … first steps of developing that story.”
Reiterating his desire to Miller and Claremont’s story arc brought to the screen, Jackman said he’s “made no real secret” of his fondness for that particular chapter of Wolverine’s history. “I think the fans love that saga. It’s my favorite saga of the Wolverine stories.”
“That’s a movie I’ve longed to make from the beginning, so that’s where we’re heading,” he said.
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