Fox Is Open To The Idea Of A Wolverine Reboot
Our favourite member of the mutant super-hero team: Wolverine's on-screen saga came to an end this very year with Logan. It was emotional, gut-wrenching and a fitting conclusion to the character that came to life in Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000. With each edition in the Fox's X-Men franchise, Hugh Jackman mastered the character to such an extent, that it is hard to imagine anyone else play the role. With Logan, The Wolverine received the perfect closure as it bid farewell to the character that we have known for 17 years! But, judging by the state of the movie business today, it's only predictable that farewells don't last long, especially when there are box-office dollars in concern. Stacey Snider, film industry executive at Fox told Variety that the Wolverine reboot is quite possible.
While Snider hypocritically railed against reboots and sequels in the same interview, The X-Men franchise and Wolverine, in particular, have been safe box-office bets, even when the movies have been panned critically at times. One of the biggest draws to the X-Men franchise with the audiences is the character of Wolverine himself, who has a charming individualistic spirit even in the collective. That gets audiences to the theatre, in the times when audience attendance is dropping.
The rumours about who will play the next wolverine have existed for quite a while now. Even Hugh Jackman thinks someone will take up the mantle in the near future. He once had this to say to the Independent: “Definitely someone else will play the role, it’s a great role. You know, it’s like a Bond or it’s like a Batman, those kinds of roles. Other people will play him for sure.” But, what we would certainly like is time. Time enough to miss the character and crave for his return back to the silver screen. If the reboot happens in the next few years, it will be an unwelcome return with the audiences who are tired of unoriginal reboots and sequels, as Snider put it herself.