Basic Hollywood logic tends to go as follows: if you have something that is making money, you keep doing that thing until it is no longer making you money. (Thus ends Into to Movie Making Strategies.) So when Matthew Vaughn told MTV that he wanted to (temporarily) boot Hugh Jackman and recast Wolverine, Fox responded with a rounding “Oh, fuck no.” Because Hugh Jackman is money in the bank.
I had a whole different idea of how X-Men should go. I thought Days of Future Past Past should be the next one and it’d be set in the ’80s. So, when I wrote the treatment, I then wrote Kingsman and got confused about which film I should direct next. I said to Fox, ‘Let me do Kingsman now, get somebody else in and we’ll do the ’70s version, recast Wolverine, and then we do Days of Future Past with the new Wolverine and Hugh [Jackman], and make it the biggest spectacle we’ve ever seen.I totally get Fox’s reaction, but I would also love to see a Teen Dream Wolverine. What’s really intriguing is that Vaughn’s saying he wanted to put another X-Men movie in between First Class and Days of Future Past. But he says he gets it too, and says the mandatory complimentary things about
That was my idea but Fox, quite rightly so, I mean, you know, they’ve got a bottom line to look after and went ‘no, we’re doing it.’ And Bryan [Singer], it’s Bryan’s franchise. I think he proved it’s his by knocking it out of the park.