Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Warner Bros.’ forthcoming Peter Pan origin film, Pan. Joe Wright is directing the adventure tale from a script by Jason Fuchs.
WB had gone to Javier Bardem for the role but the actor passed and the studio pursued Jackman shortly after that.
Jackman had been in discussions for a handful of films before committing to Pan, including the antagonist in Warner Bros. The Incredible Mr. Limpet remake.
The origin story [Pan] revolves around an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland where he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates. The idea is that Blackbeard is the film’s main antagonist, while Hook would serve as Pan’s close ally before turning bad. Ryan Gosling was someone the studio had looked at among others for the part.
As for the title character, the studio is expected to do an open casting and find a discovery for the role. The studio is also looking for an actress in her mid-20s to play Tiger Lily.
Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to Hugh Jackman, getting him to answer some much buzzed about topics such as another go at Wolverine, his upcoming film Chappie, and whether or not he’ll do some more movie-musicals. The entire article is a good read about his professional future, so I highly recommend checking it out (or at least the parts I underlined).
Just as The Wolverine claws its way toward DVD/Blu-ray on Dec. 3rd, talk is heating up about a possible sequel. For his part, star Hugh Jackman has neither confirmed nor denied whether he’ll sign on to play muttonchopped mutant Logan for an eighth time… but the odds are looking good. “I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night,” Jackman told EW. “There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”
Jackman insists that his lapsing contract with Fox, which reportedly will need to be renegotiated after X-Men: Days of Future Past premieres in May, doesn’t mean he’s leaving the franchise in limbo. “I started with a two-picture deal on the first two [X-Men films], and from that point on, it’s been movie by movie — not just me, but Fox and Jim and everyone,” he says. “I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of The Wolverine.”
The star believes he’s mentally more committed to the character than he’s ever been. “I kind of am enjoying him more than ever… Being older helps playing Wolverine. He’s 200 or 300 years old — no one really knows — and he’s sort of world-weary. The actual working out gets harder and harder, I’ll admit.”
Still, Jackman insists the creative circumstances would have to be right for him to resume his grueling diet-and-exercise regimen in order to don the white tank top again: “I don’t want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one,” says Jackman. “I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted […] I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. Thats what we’re all working toward.”
A Wolverine sequel isn’t the only thing in the coffers for Jackman, who will begin shooting Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie early next year (other principles in the film are already in production, he confirms). “It’s a very, very, very good script — very interesting,” he says of the sci-fi crime drama. “I can’t wait to work with Neill […] It’s going to surprise people in a lot of ways. He’s a real visionary.” Jackman reveals his character is named Vincent, and he’ll face off against Dev Patel’s Deon. Though the actors stand at equal height, Jackman’s weight advantage and extensive combat training gives hints that it might not be an entirely fair fight. “Good,” laughs the actor. “Crush him! I’m not in it for a close call.”
Beyond Chappie, Jackman is also still signed up for a biographical musical about Harry Houdini penned by Patel’s “Newsroom” scribe, Aaron Sorkin. Jackman might also take his soaring tenor (which scored him an Oscar nod for Les Misérables) back to the big screen to play caddish Latin lover Aldolpho in the adaptation of Tony-nominated The Drowsy Chaperone. “I loved the original production on Broadway — incredibly funny and terrific, great fun,” he recalls. “I was not sure how that would translate [to film], but the script at the moment is wonderful. I think they’re trying to put the movie together, I don’t think it’s fully together yet, but they are talking to me about it, and I’m very interested in it.”
The only musical for which he definitely won’t be running scales any time soon (or ever)? Ironically, one about Wolverine. That musical could one day come to the Great White Way, but “not with me,” vows Jackman. Then he adds, “But, hey, they did Rocky. Who would have thought?”
Deadline broke the news earlier today that director James Mangold (Kate & Leopold) is in talks with Fox to direct a follow-up film to The Wolverine. With strong international numbers for the recent Japanese saga ($413 million worldwide), Fox is apparently interested in exploring more of the character. Mangold is currently making a deal to write the treatment, while “X-Men franchise matriarch” Lauren Shuler Donner is already attached to produce should the project move forward.
The storyline is being kept under tight wraps, but is anyone else interested in seeing Hugh tackle Old Man Logan? I think it’d be a perfect way to bow out of the franchise, if he’s thinking of storing the claws for good in coming years.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Hugh Jackman will star in Paramount’s upcoming film, Six Years. It is based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben, noted for his thrillers.
Paramount is developing the project – winning it from four other bidding studios – though neither a director nor a screenwriter is currently attached. Former 20th Century Fox chief Tom Rothman is in negotiations to produce alongside Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, 2012). Check out a summary of the novel below:
The novel centers on Jake Fisher, who watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years have passed when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary. He resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie. But the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.
For those interested in checking out the plot further, Six Years conveniently hits bookstores tomorrow.
In this interview with MTV, Hugh Jackman confirms that he he has been in talks to join X-Men: Days of Future Past… but don’t expect any spoilers. When prodded for more details on the upcoming production – and Hugh’s seventh run as Wolverine on screen – he refuses to answer. Prodded again, and he jokes that the movie is actually all about his character. It’s a short but cute video, with typical Hugh humor.
Well, this project seems to have come out of nowhere: in an article from The Australian – detailing plans to revitalize Queensland’s struggling film industry – there was mention that Hugh Jackman might be helping out. Apparently there are plans to shoot a “romantic adventure pirate film,” starring Hugh, to help bring business and money back to the state. Not sure if this is actually true, as it seems Hugh already has a lot on his docket for 2012, but we’ll soon find out. Here’s more information on the project:
Described by the producers as “a romantic adventure pirate film,” The Sea Hawk is a reworking of the 1940 movie of the same name. Jackman will take the lead role played by dashing Aussie actor Errol Flynn in the original. The character’s name was Captain Geoffrey Thorpe, but is based on Sir Francis Drake.
It will be directed by Martin Campbell, whose previous box-office hits include two James Bond movies – Casino Royale and Golden Eye – plus Green Lantern and The Mask of Zorro.
The new script was written by Australian Mark Pennell, a former actor who appeared in TV series, “Neighbours.”
There have been lots of casting rumors, speculations, and even confirmations regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past – including the recently announced news that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen would be returning to the X-Men franchise – and now it looks like we can add Hugh Jackman’s name to the list. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh is in talks to reprise Wolverine once again in Bryan Singer’s upcoming take on the famous X-Men storyline. Check out a summary of the story below:
“Days of Future Past” is a classic storyline that unfolded in two issues of Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men in 1981, from writer Chris Claremont and artists John Byrne and Terry Austin. The story was partially set in an alternate future where surviving mutants have been penned in concentration camps, giant robots called Sentinels patrol America, and most of the X-Men have been hunted and killed. In the present day, the X-Men were forced to stop a key event from unfolding in order to keep that future from occurring.
UPDATE: Take the following article with a grain of salt. According to FirstShowing.net, Lee Daniels is not involved with the project. They did not receive word on Hugh’s role, so – again – treat this only as a rumor for now.
Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman failed to get a civil rights picture off the ground when their passion project Selma fell apart two years ago. But the pair are taking another crack at that subject, exploring the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination with a new film that takes an unconventional view of King’s murder.
Daniels will direct and Jackman will star in Orders to Kill, a story that aims to tell an alternative version of the King shooting, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. Millennium Films will produce and finance the film, which is currently being shopped around to distributors in Hollywood. A Millennium spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The film will tell the story of William Pepper (Jackman), a controversial attorney and activist who for decades has argued that convicted killer James Earl Ray, who recanted his confession and died arguing his innocence, didn’t shoot MLK.
The picture will follow Pepper over the years as he wages a one-man campaign, interviewing witnesses and building support for his theory that other interests, including those from the U.S. government, were behind the 1968 Memphis killing. (In a nutshell, Pepper, who is still alive, argues that government interests wanted King dead because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.) It will be based on Pepper’s own book, which has been adapted for the screen by Hollywood screenwriter Hanna Weg.
The movie has echoes of JFK, Oliver Stone’s film from 20 years ago that also argued for a broad conspiracy behind the assassination of a 1960s icon. Though controversial, the film was a huge hit and won two Oscars.
Ray has long been viewed as the killer by authorities and much of the public, though Pepper has the support of Martin Luther King Jr.’s son Dexter King, who came to believe the bullet was fired by a Memphis police officer. A 1999 wrongful-death lawsuit against a man and unknown co-conspirators filed by the Kings and argued by Pepper found in favor of the plaintiff. The trial will be the climactic section of the film, according to the person familiar with the project.
Orders is a second chance of sorts for Daniels and Jackman, who in 2010 got together for the development project Selma, about the famous Alabama civil-rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. In that project, Jackman was to play a racist sheriff who led the charge against King. The film was scrapped after it hit financing troubles.
Daniels, most famous for his Oscar-winning Precious from 2009 (also produced by Millennium), recently made a period murder mystery, the polarizing pic The Paperboy, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He’s going historical with the upcoming The Butler, about a man who served more than a half-dozen presidents.
Orders would continue a turn to period pieces for Jackman, who will be seen in this December’s Les Miserables.
Sounds like Hugh Jackman isn’t going to have any dietary plans for the upcoming Les Miserables, saying that he’ll “eat whatever [he] wants.” He also mentions a possible appearance in “Glee” yet again in a new article, as read below:
Hugh Jackman is no stranger to countless hours in the gym and shoveling heaps of protein in his mouth for his roles, but for the upcoming big screen version of the musical Les Miserables, the actor will enjoy some dietary freedom.
“Tom Hooper from The King’s Speech is directing it,” Hugh told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman at the Real Steel Los Angeles premiere on Sunday when asked about his next project. “I’m very excited about that.”
The actor, who plays Jean Valjean in the musical, is looking forward to letting go of his usual big screen beefcake status.
“I have to kind of age 19 years during the movie, which is pretty much how you feel during a movie, so it should just be all natural,” Hugh explained. “But this time, instead of eating steamed chicken during the movie, I’ll just eat whatever I want. Perfect. You’ll see me at the craft table!”
Fans might also be seeing the actor in another musical setting.
“Someone asked me the other day if I would be on ‘Glee,’ and I said, ‘Yeah.’ I’m trained to say yes to everything.’ We’ll see,” he said. “[Matthew Morrison] is fantastic. I’m a big fan of his… I’ll use [Les Mis] as a warm up [for ‘Glee.’]”
Shawn Levy, director of Real Steel, was recently interviewed by Screen Rant and talked about the future of a few of his projects. In two of his hopeful movies, he intends on teaming up with Hugh Jackman again, including the rumored sequel to Real Steel. He also briefly mentions that movie with Hugh and “LOST” writer, Carlton Cuse, although don’t expect any real answers on what it’s all about. Check out the relevant bits of the interview below:
SR: Will we see some of the open ended questions we are left with about Atom (the central robot protagonist) and his unique role in this universe explored in a sequel?
In the sequel we do explore the origin story of Atom and we begin to sketch an answer (to the question), “Is there something special to this bot, and if so, why?”
SR: Would that take place in flashbacks? This film isn’t being developed as an origin story is it?
It’s future, it’s still linear, and I want to be the first to say that first we need to be a hit movie before we get to make a sequel. I don’t know if that will happen, I sincerely hope so because Hugh and I really love the movie. It’s the next chapter, it’s the fallout of the Zeus vs. Atom fight, and it’s the fallout of what happens with the kid’s custody (which technically is Aunt Debra’s), and it further explores the class warfare between the underworld fight-clubs and the sanctioned, monetized WRB, which is at work in this movie but is really a big part of the second. It’s not an origin story, but at one point in the movie Charlie needs to research where the hell this bot came from, and has to understand his inner workings more — for reasons I won’t go into. So, he seeks out Atom’s creator. So it’s not a flashback, but we learn about the history because we will meet Atom’s creator.
SR: What about the amorphous action film with Hugh Jackman that we know you’re working on but aren’t talking about?
I’ll leave you with this anecdote. I would love to tell you what it is. Hugh and I met with Carlton Cuse from “LOST”…
SR: Oh, you don’t have to tell me about “LOST,” believe me. I (without thinking) wore an Oceanic tee-shirt on an Air New Zealand flight… the implications of which didn’t hit until take-off.
That’s just tempting fate and believe me! Do you know how hard it was not to call Evangeline ‘Freckles’ every day [while working with her on Real Steel]?
SR: Did you eventually do it?
Oh, eventually I did! Eventually I asked every f**king question in the world! So, Hugh, me and Carlton decide that we’re going to develop this movie together and I don’t even know what it’s been described as, so I don’t even want to name a genre. I get a call from Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Finke, and they’re like, “Okay! So, tell us about the movie.” I’m literally about to share with them what the movie is about, just like I shared with you what Frankenstein is about just now, and Carlton goes, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Don’t say anything. If I’ve learned one thing on ‘LOST,'” he tells me, “it’s keep your mouth shut, it’s a more effective approach.” So, on that one project, I am fighting my typical blabbermouth nature and keeping my mouth shut. I will say though that it’s a really cool project, and whether it’s that or the sequel of Real Steel, Hugh and I want to get back on a set together as soon as possible.