It looks like the rumor that Fox had offered $100 million to reprise the role of the Wolverine was exactly that after the Aussie actor denied that he'd been thrown bundles of cash to get out his adamantium claws for four more movies. Talking to Inside Movies on the set of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Jackman revealed:
I would never do that. I’ve never done that mainly because, for the fans and for me, each time I’ve gone around there’s been a really good reason to do it and I don’t know what that reason is from here. I’m in the middle of making this and I just promoted the other and I’m really happy with the way The Wolverine came out.
Jackman admitted earlier this summer that he wasn't sure if he would do another Wolverine movie and that if he did, he would have to have a "compelling reason" to return to the franchise.
Off the top of my head I can think of about 100 million compelling reasons to reprise the role of the cantankerous mutant...
Although it's a hell of a lot of money to turn down, I do wonder if Jackman still has the same burning passion for the project. The fitness routine that he has to go through to get into superhero shape is legendary. Does he really want to be bench pressing a gazillion pounds when he's pushing 50? If I was him (and to the eternal disappointment of my girlfriend, I'm unfortunately not), I'd be happier taking on smaller, less physically demanding roles that allowed me to drink beer and eat ice cream after work.
We shouldn't worry too much about a lack of Wolverine in our lives though, because we'll be seeing plenty of the beardy badass next year in Days of Future Past. And if a compelling Wolverine script comes Jackman's way (an adaptation of Old Man Logan perhaps?) would he really be able to turn it down?