Though we've been hearing about Wolverine 3 for almost a year now, Hugh Jackman's last hurrah as the lovably gruff mutant starts filming next month. Since San Diego Comic-Con, when Fox unveiled the first promotional image showing Logan flipping the bird — or, erm, claw — fans were expecting a grittier and less family-friendly end to Wolverine's story.
Now, according to sources who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, the plan all along was to up the intensity on Wolverine 3 to secure an intentional R rating.
The Evidence Is Certainly Pointing To A More Mature Film
If that report is to be believed, Wolverine 3 will have way more violence and stronger language. Considering Logan is one of the most unfiltered straight shooters in the X-Men universe, this decision makes a lot of sense.
Interestingly enough, Fox's intentional move to secure an R rating predated another big-budget movie that's been taking theaters by storm of late.
The Decision Was Not A Result Of 'Deadpool's' Ongoing Success
Per the same report from THR, screenwriter Michael Green and executives behind Wolverine 3 have always been pushing to up the ante on intensity. That said, now that the studio know a movie as irreverent as Deadpool can be so well received and profitable makes the new direction for Wolverine that much less of a risk.
Rumors Continue To Fly That Jackman's Last Wolverine Movie Will Follow The Storyline From Old Man Logan
As we reported earlier this week, there has been rampant speculation from online communities that Wolverine 3 will draw inspiration from the popular Mark Millar story Old Man Logan. Set 50 years into a desolate, post-apocalyptic future, supervillains are banding together to take down all the remaining superheroes.
In an even-drier-than-normal California, Hawkeye tracks down Logan for a secret mission, and what ensues is full of graphic mayhem and brutal carnage. Needless to say, this is not G-rated fare.
If Wolverine 3 does choose to go the Old Man Logan route, Fox would be remiss to choose anything but an R rating, making this decision all the more likely.
Don't Get Too Excited Just Yet. Fox Still Hasn't Confirmed It
Though many outlets are reporting that Wolverine 3's R rating is confirmed, Fox still hasn't commented on the movie's intended rating.
The response prompted Ant-Man director Peyton Reed to take a jab at all of these stories in truly hilarious fashion:
Whatever happens, we know that this final goodbye to Jackman's enduring performance has got to be good. The man (and the fans) definitely deserve a fine farewell.
Do you think 'Wolverine 3' should be rated R?
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)