We thought it might take a number of years before a slated X-23 spinoff would be in the works, but such was the success of the character's inclusion in Logan, 20th Century Fox appear to be fast-tracking the project. Young actress Dafne Keen would make a breakout performance in Hugh Jackman's final portrayal in the 2017 blockbuster, leading the way for the daughter to take the mantle from the father.
Speaking with THR, director James Mangold sat alongside producing partner Hutch Parker and star man Jackman as they reflected on what they achieved, what might lie ahead with awards season and what is in store with Laura. One thing is for sure, the X-Men legacy will live on with a new breed of mutants.
X-23 Script In The Works
Months prior, Mangold was more coy on the idea to say that it was just a concept.
"Anything's possible. I've certainly talked to them about it. I even talked to them about it before we made the movie. I thought she was just such a great character, but with what Dafne did, I think that certainly that's possible."
Today, Mangold was far more emphatic as screenwriter prep for a major Marvel installment.
"We're just working on a script," he remarked.
Producer Parker outlined how he sees future features going. For him, it might not always strike the R-rated tone of the 2017 classic.
"Yes, there are other facets of that character and some others potentially to explore in their own way. It may not be in the same exact tonality or with the same genre orientations as Logan, but I think part of what has been opened up in this universe to all of us now is, drawing on different genre traditions, there are new pathways to be opened for new characters that populate this universe."
HJ Eventually Fell in Love With Wolverine Mythology
Logan has been receiving a lot of Oscars buzz and for Parker, he wanted to stress how important it was for those making the call that this was not a stereotypical superhero movie.
"I'm realistic about the kind of movie this is, and I'm hopeful that various people in those positions will see it and recognize it — even though it is an R-rated movie, and even though it has a legacy as part of a comic book franchise," Parker says. "I'd love for people to be able to assess the craft on the performances and the work on their own merits."
As Jackman spoke with the website, he admitted that it took him time before he developed a bond with the character.
"I think there was a moment in the first X-Men…probably five or six weeks in…when I felt I was really making Wolverine my own. It took me a little while to get there. I think it wasn’t until this last one, in terms of watching the movie, where I felt kind of separate from the character, where I could think, ‘Man I love that character.’ I was probably not fully at peace with the work I had done with him until this last one."