Sources at Deadline are reporting that 20th Century Fox has begun negotiating with director James Mangold this week about returning to direct a sequel to The Wolverine, which will undoubtedly seek the return of Hugh Jackman to play the title character (once again). The report has stated that James Mangold is currently making a deal with the film studio to write the treatment for the sequel, which is set to be produced by longtime X-Men franchise veteran Lauren Shuler Donner.
The negotiations between the studio, Mangold and Jackman reportedly began after the studio started looking at the overseas ticket sales for The Wolverine. Since it’s release, The Wolverine has grossed approximately $413 million worldwide with $132 million coming from domestic screenings and $280 million coming from international revenue. These numbers officially make James Mangold’s The Wolverine the second highest grossing X-Men film of all time.
Fans who enjoyed Mangold’s followup film to the widely unfavorable X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) should be happy to hear that he may be given another shot to bring Logan back to the big screen. Despite the somewhat cliché final act of the film, The Wolverine did an excellent job at bringing us one of the most entertaining stories that we’ve yet to see on the big screen for the character. Inspired by Chris Claremont’s work on his Wolverine mini-series released in the 1980s, The Wolverine stood out among many of the other comic book blockbusters as a ‘non-superhero’ movie that balanced both the themes of a superhero feature with that of a character-driven action film for general audiences who may not be comic readers.
Fans can see Hugh Jackman reprise his role as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.