March 25, 2008 / 7:06 PM / 10 years ago

Hugh Jackman teams with Virgin for new comic books

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hugh Jackman, who plays the mutant Wolverine in the “X-Men” action movies, is pairing with Virgin Comics to create a comic book series called “Nowhere Man,” Virgin said on Tuesday.

The series, a futuristic science-fiction odyssey set in an era when men have traded their privacy for safety and security, will be written by Jackman and Marc Guggenheim, who wrote Marvel comics’ “Wolverine” series and “Amazing Spider-Man.”

Australian actor Jackman said in a statement that the hope is “Nowhere Man” will be popular enough that it might later become a movie.

“X-Men” and other film series based on comic book characters such as “Spider-Man” and “Batman” have been among Hollywood’s biggest hits for more than a decade.

Three films starting with “X-Men” in 2000 and including “X2: X-Men United” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” have sold more than $1.1 billion worth of tickets at worldwide box offices.

A fourth film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” also featuring Jackman, is set to open in theaters next year.

Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Xavier Briand

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