Gavin Hood, director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, said that a proposed sequel film is still a ways off, despite teasers at the end of the first movie that it would take place in Japan and that a version of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) might appear.
"I'm hoping to be shooting something next year, and I don't think that Wolverine will be ready for next year," Hood told SCI FI Wire at a press event for Wolverine's upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release last week. "I haven't been approached one way or another. The studio is obviously very cautious. They want to see how Wolverine does on DVD. Let them develop the script, let's see what the script looks like, let's see how the studio feels about the script, how [star] Hugh [Jackman] feels about it, and then we'll take it from there."
Hood added: "I don't even know if I would be involved. Right now, I'm not attached. Nobody's attached. They're developing a script, and we'll see where everybody is."
But Hood remains enthusiastic about setting the follow-up in Japan. "I knew everyone was excited by the story in Japan, which I then read and I absolutely do think is a wonderful story and they should do it," Hood said. "But it didn't effect 99 percent of the film we were making. He moves to another land, [but] no, I think we were focused on the film we were making, because we didn't know if there would or wouldn't be a sequel."
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, meanwhile, offered a few hints about what might be in store for the character in subsequent installments.
"I think it's our responsibility to remain true to the source material," Donner said in a news conference Thursday in Los Angeles. "There are other influences and other factors that make us deviate from it, the first of which being transcribing it to the screen. But we certainly are fully aware of the fan base and try in every way possible to stay close to the source material. I think in Wolverine it was a little bit different because 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. Certainly in Wolverine 2, in the Japanese saga, we will stay very close to the source material. I think it's just best that way."
Wolverine drops on DVD/Blu-ray on Tuesday. Check SCI FI Wire tomorrow for an exclusive clip from the home-video release!