I’m just glad they at least waited until the movie opened this time. But, the inevitable has happened. After an $87 million opening weekend (and about $150 million worldwide), Fox is already developing a Wolverine sequel. And why not? As bad as Wolverine was, it not only put up a massive opening weekend (which will fall apart in weekend number two, I promise; $30 million tops), but it was demographically friendly. When I said, in the box-office round-up, that Wolverine prevented Ghosts of Girlfriends Past from doing well, I wasn’t kidding. Forty-seven percent of Wolverine’s ticket buyers were women, effectively killing counter-programming a romantic-comedy against is. So, when Wolverine 2 opens, it’ll probably get the weekend all to itself, like the next Harry Potter film and, effectively, Star Trek (the urban friendly Next Day Air opens in a paltry 1,000 theaters this weekend).
The storyline of the second Wolverine is expected to follow the samurai storyline of the comics, with a Japanese locale hinted at the end of Wolverine.
Now, let’s get this straight: There’s an X-Men franchise, a Wolverine franchise, a greenlit X-Men: First Class and the possibility of Deadpool and Gambit movies. By 2011, in fact, Fox could roll out an X-Men film every month of the summer. Fan-fucking-tastic.
In other Jack-man news, in addition to Ghostopolis, which we mentioned yesterday, the man has a few other projects in the works. He’s also developing Drive, about a racecar driver who moonlights as a get-away driver, and his big priority is Carousel, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, in which he’d play Billy Bigelow. He wants Anne Hathaway for the Julie Jordan role.
All of which is to say: If you’re not sick of Jack-man yet, you probably will be soon.