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Hugh Jackman and James Mangold sizing up a Wolverine sequel

Hugh Jackman might be approaching his seventh big-screen outing (counting that cameo) as Wolverine in X-Men: Days Of Future Past , but it looks as though he won't be hanging his claws up for a while to come.

That's because Deadline is reporting that Fox has opened talks with James Mangold over a potential sequel to The Wolverine , with Jackman set to star in the title role once more.

Having performed very strongly outside of the US, the first film has brought in $413 million worldwide, making it the second highest grossing X-film of all time.

Mangold is currently thrashing out a deal with studio execs, and will write a first treatment, while long-term franchise caretaker Lauren Shuler Donner will come on board to produce.

We're all for another go-around with Wolvie, although hopefully the arrival of a sequel won't be quite such a tortuous process as the one involved in bringing the first film to the big screen...

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.