Talking about the future of Fox's Wolverine movie franchise, executive producer Lauren Schuler Donner revealed some thoughts about what could happen following the second movie's ninja-filled trip to Japan... including an adaptation of a comic fans wouldn't expect.
Commenting that the sequel to this summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be closer to Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 mini-series than the original movie was to comic continuity - In part because, according to the producer,
there was a lot of different source material, a lot of different legends in Victor Creed's relationship to Logan and Logan's background. There were some choices we had to make
- Donner talked about the potential longevity of the movie series:
There's enough comic book material to support [a long-running series]. If we were to make up our own story, which we've never talked about, personally I would do it with Chris Claremont. I would stick with the creator... Chris is writing an amazing series right now where Wolverine's killed, Storm is the villain. Sure, one day I'd love to [do] that.
I always planned to kill him [during Claremont's original 16-year run on the X-Men series], but The Powers That Be wouldn't allow me to walk down that story path. I am so glad that I can take the characters on this particular journey now. It allows for real growth and change, and exciting possibilities. Doors that were locked can now be opened. Unfortunately, the general consensus in comics is that a character's death means The End. It's my strong belief that through such an emotionally fraught event as one character's death, the characters, the storyline, and the concept find new regenerative power and can grow stronger, for the future.
But would Fox really kill off Hugh Jackman to refresh the X-Men movie franchise?