Of all the X-Men characters, High Jackman’s Wolverine is arguably the most popular among film fans, but then he is the only character to have two stand-alone films. With Logan’s character returning for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and even being so universally loved as to have a cameo in X-Men: First Class, it is clear that Fox understand that Wolverine is a character worth keeping hold of, whatever the cost.
A report by The National Enquirer is claiming that Jackman has been offered $100 million to appear in a further four X-Men related films. The report does not make it clear if these would all be stand-alone films, but apparently Jackman is considering the offer.
A “movie company spokesman” told the National Enquirer that “money is obviously no object”, saying “Hugh has a big decision to make. It’s not every day an actor gets offered this kind of paycheque, but Hugh vowed never to lock himself into any multi-picture deals after X-Men”
The source continued: “He hasn’t given any kind of answer yet, so at least he’s considering it.”
Now, before we get too excited, we have to consider that The National Enquirer’s claims should be taken with a large pinch of salt, for they are not exactly well known for their movie scoops. Plus, what movie company spokesman would ever say “money is no object”. So this could well just be a rumour and nothing more.
Should it turn out to be true then this is very exciting news indeed. While X-Men Origins: Wolverine is considered a disaster, James Mangold’s The Wolverine has performed moderately at cinemas yet received a much more warm welcome from critics. I haven’t seen it yet, but while many are saying it is better than Origins, there are still complaints that we have not seen the best Wolverine movie by far. Made on a budget of $100 million, The Wolverine opened in the US with $53 million, and has so far grossed $94.6 million in the US alone. However, Origins was made on a budget of $150 million, and grossed $179.8 million in the US alone, so Wolverine still has a long way to go to match that films box office success.