Not much is known about the third Wolverine film, except that it's to be directed by James Mangold and should be pretty bloody, if the rumors of it following the Old Man Logan storyline are to be believed. And as it turns out, 20th Century Fox can afford all the fake blood it wants.
Based on filming paperwork submitted to the state of Louisiana where it's to be made, the budget for the movie is $127 million. Working out details based on marketing and advertising budgets, and the revenue the studio expects to earn from its theatrical run, the math tells us that The Wolverine sequel will need to earn somewhere between $380–400 million to break even.
Risky, considering The Wolverine brought in $414 million and X-Men Origins: Wolverine took only $373.1 million. Not the first time a studio has taken a gamble on a beloved franchise film, no matter the middling reception of the one that came before it.
Hugh Jackman's cameo in the recently released X-Men: Apocalypse didn't do much to reveal anything about his upcoming solo film, though the scene at the end of the credits certainly alluded to The Wolverine sequel. Did we maybe get a hint at our villain?
Optimists can perceive this budget news as a sign of a strong script. With writers Michael Green — who's on a roll, having penned the series American Gods, the untitled Blade Runner sequel, and Alien: Covenant, which is currently being filmed — and David James Kelly in tow, there is high probability we'll like what we see. And as Jackman has grown into the role through the previous X-Men films, and through his own physical aging, the time is ripe for the beloved Old Man Logan to make his on-screen debut.
In the meantime, we'll keep an eye out for more pictures from set to leak out, gifting us even more to ponder over.
Do you think the next The Wolverine movie will be worth all that money?