Hugh Jackman's plans include 'Wolverine' sequel and Broadway 'Houdini': Pick one!

Hughjackman_lJust read a Variety piece detailing all the projects Hugh Jackman has in the works, and I can’t decide which one I’m most eager to see. Actually, that’s not true. I saw him three times in The Boy From Oz — I’d purchase my tickets today for the 2010 Broadway musical Houdini, if I could. (Danny Elfman is writing the music — awesome.) Here are the choices:

X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel: According to the trade, Jackman’s Seed Productions is already developing the film, which will be focused on the samurai story line from the comic. If we’re talking about swords here, my colleage Tim Stack will have a field day when he reads this.

Personality Security: Jackman will play a New York police detective "forced into bodyguard duty for a spoiled teen heiress who is receiving kidnapping threats." Are we hoping it’s a comedy?

Drive: Adapted from the James Sallis novel, the film will star Jackman as a "solitary man who drives race cars by day and getaway cars by night in Los Angeles." Jackman said the script reads like a Steve McQueen film. Much hotter than Personal Security.

Carousel: Jackman will play Billy Bigelow to what he hopes is Anne Hathaway’s Julie Jordan, though negotiations with her have not begun outside of him asking her to duet with him at the Oscars. The script, Variety reports, "keeps the timeless spirit of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, but injects relevance for a contemporary audience."

Houdini: The Tony winner’s triumphant return to Broadway is slated to be directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray). Please let them recreate this shot for the poster…

Okay, PopWatchers, what’s your preferred Jackman project? Vote now!

   

 

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  • wg

    1 vote for big screen Carousel. And if I had a second vote it would be for Houdini. And if I had a third vote it would be that Drive and Personal Security are never made. But I’m most excited about the project you don’t mention – Ghostopolis – yes, it could be Van Helsing pt. 2 – but then again, it might not be!

  • JenC

    I would sell my granny to see Jackman play Billy Bigelow.

  • John

    Elfman musical starring Jackman?! I’m THERE! Carousel could use a good contemporary jostling, even though I don’t think it’s as dated as most people do. And Hugh still hasn’t made a movie musical yet.

  • Terry

    Carousel, would love to see it. I’m not much of a fan of the 1956 film, and I think there’s another version before 1956, in b&W. I’d love to see it redone, hopefully it would be a period piece. Also, Houdini. I missed The Man from Oz, couldn’t get to see the show.

  • Adam

    Jon Stewart must be grinding his teeth lol

    http://tvdonewright.com/2009/05/05/tv-tonight-tuesday-may-5th-2009/

  • brandi

    I would like to see a remake of Carousel with a more modern view. I’m not a fan of the older version, but I’d hope to love a newer one.

  • EP Sato

    I hated Jackman in the first X Men movie, then came to think he was perfect when they made X Men II. He plays really well off of Patrick Stewart.
    Logan’s Japanese connection has always made for good story in the comics and should make for an even better movie.

  • One vote for CAROUSEL!!!

    I die to see him as Billy Bigelow. Just check here to see him performing Soliloquy in Carnegie Hall…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NLJ4hq0Sg0
    He could end up with an OSCAR nomination, at last…
    I think Hugh Jackman is born to do musicals. So, if I had a 2nd vote I would give it to Houdini without a second thought!!!

  • jb

    Top choice is Carousel ( he is perfect for Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals) and if allowed a second vote, Houdini ( his musical theatre work is excellent). Wolverine in Japan is exciting to look forward to and Drive ( from the James Sallis novella) could be a gem of a film noir movie.

  • XD

    CAROUSEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then Houdini and then Wolverine. But 1st of all CAROUSEL!

  • Les

    I saw Hugh Jackman in The Boy from Oz the last time he was on Broadway and he was amazing! I can’t wait to see him live on stage again. He could be doing a musical rendition of the phone book and I’d go see it. I’m also want to see Carousel, but am looking forward to seeing and hearing him live the most.

  • filmguy

    I’m a very big fan of Wolverine both from the comics and in his cinematic form. Jackman has done an amazing job with him. But I felt very let down by the new movie. It was a giant spit into the face of any true fan of the character. If done right this could easily be as epic as Batman Begins but instead it was as epic as a Saturday morning cartoon. Jackman still did a great job and Schreiber was a welcome change. But they were surrounded by one of the worst productions I’ve seen in a super hero film. The script was filled with every predictable cliche in the book. I felt like the whole script was a scrap book to previous action and comic films. The direction was totally uninspired and unoriginal. The film showed a complete lack of care for the fans or the source material. The movie has none of the weight or depth that was promised. Having a length of only 1 hour and 45 minutes was a pretty good indicator of that. There is an amazing film waiting to be made for Wolverine. This wasn’t it

  • Jojo

    Hello! Hugh on stage in person — whew, it’s a no-brainer! I’m going to be there by hook or by crook!
    Second — Carousel. So glad he’s doing musicals — so-o-o talented! Carousel isn’t my favorite because it’s a bit dark, but he’ll no doubt be great.
    If the script is good, “Drive” will be good too. I’d read this one was not a “go” but it sounds like it could be a great departure from everything else he’s done. Hope there’ll be romance in at least one of these, besides Carousel!

  • Mindy

    Oh my, Jackman as Billy Bigelow would be Amazing! I am not really sure how much modernizing the story of Carousel needs. The plot seems like it would transfer just fine. Update the surrounding details would be all it would need.

  • jenny b.

    Jackman is smart to pursue Anne Hathaway for ” Carousel “. She is one of the few , contemporary A-list movie stars, that can act, dance & sing well. During their brilliant duet together at the Academy Awards, they proved how great they look together , and their charisma is so natural, real, and incredible. They were completely unforgettable.

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