Samuel L. Jackson, who was quoted recently saying he might not reprise the role of Nick Fury in upcoming Marvel Movies, remained tight-lipped about ongoing negotiations at the premiere of his Afro Samurai video game Tuesday in Hollywood.
Asked about the status of the talks, he simply told reporters: "Contract negotiation. ... It's like life. Nick Fury's negotiating."
The Los Angeles Times first reported that Jackson was not happy about the progress of talks between his representatives and Marvel Studios about bringing Jackson back as the iconic character in upcoming films, including a proposed Avengers movie.
But on Tuesday, Jackson gave no indication of ill feelings.
Jackson first appeared as Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., in a post-credit cameo shot in Iron Man. Didn't Marvel have him signed up to play the character in subsequent films ahead of time?
"No," Jackson said.
Meanwhile, Jackson's pet project, the animated Afro Samurai, is due for a live-action movie starring Jackson in the title role. But Jackson said he rejected the first draft he received for that film.
"We read one, didn't work out too well, but we're still working on it," he said.
The Afro Samurai video game is now in stores for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.