Since Wolverine was easily one of the baddest characters introduced in the X-Men franchise it seemed like a no-brainer that he would be one of the few characters offered a spin-off movie.
So far we have been hinted that the Wolverine spinoff will be a prequel rather than sequel to the X-Men trilogy. Kinberg somewhat confirms this 'prequel' status.
iF MAGAZINE: What was working with the Wolverine character like knowing they are planning a WOLVERINE movie?
KINBERG: WOLVERINE doesnít exactly come after X3 so what happens to him is not terribly relevant to his own movie. We did talk about a couple of characters that they wanted to save for the WOLVERINE movie spin-off. I canít tell you who they are, but there was really only one we wanted to use for X3, and they said theyíre not going to have a big enough part to risk losing them for WOLVERINE. Sabretooth will be in there, but I donít know in what form. I think his relationship with Wolverine is under explored. I like X1 a great deal, I thought the tone was fantastic and thought the X-Men were great, but I was a little under whelmed by the Brotherhood in that movie. I thought the secret island lair and Magnetoís plot were confusing to me, and Sabretooth and Toad were not as strong as Mystique.
I like working with actors who have inhabited their characters for a while, and I welcome their input. Hugh has lived with Wolverine for five years and he knows this character better than anybody. He knows him better than Chris Claremont or better than Avi Arad, and certainly better than any of us working on this film. Hugh was also a producer on this movie, and we worked really closely with Hugh on Wolverine. The most conversations that I had with actors on this movie were with Hugh about Wolverine and Famke about Phoenix. They both are incredibly smart people who had a lot of intelligent informed questions about the characters. I would say the most input about Wolverine came from Hugh and not the studio.
Hugh Jackman caring a good deal about his character? I like what I hear.
Read the entire interview with Simon Kinberg over at iFMagazine.