THE WAITING GAME
This news comes after many months of delays, switching directors, and earthquakes in Japan. After director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) dropped out, James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) took over directorial duties. In a statement released by Aronofsky, he explains that he left the project because “it became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time.”
According to MTV, who sat down with FOX Chief Tom Rothman at CinemaCon last month, the film will be shot in Australia and Japan. “We’re doing stage work in Australia. Stage work is always inside a warehouse, so location doesn’t really matter. But location work will be in Japan… It’s filmed in both places, set in Japan, with great numbers of Japanese actors in it.”
THE ULTIMATE WOLVERINE?
Hugh Jackman is a self-confessed fan of the Chris Claremont – Frank Miller “Wolverine” comic (1982), especially the Japanese saga which the film will loosely be based on: “There are so many areas of that Japanese story. I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world full of honor and tradition and customs; someone who’s really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his own way. The idea of the samurai too, and the tradition there – it’s really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai – not even mutants.”
Rothman explained that “[The film is] based on the very famous run of the comics… I can tell you on behalf of [Hugh Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, badass, berserker-rage Wolverine.” I can only hope Jackman delivers. After 2009′s disappointment, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (bathroom scene, anyone?), we need a good Wolverine movie. But there won’t be a “badass, beserker-rage Wolverine” with the shape that Hugh Jackman is in now. With shooting for The Wolverine starting in August, Jackman has just two months after wrapping Les Miserables to gain all the muscle back he lost to play the malnourished Jean Valjean. There’s no doubt in my mind that Jackman can regain muscle in time, but it’s still fun to think about an underfed Wolverine singing “One Day More.”
When The Wolverine claws its way into theaters on July 26th, 2013, it will have been the 6th time Jackman has played the part, including his cameo in last year’s hit, X-Men: First Class.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Are you excited for The Wolverine? Or has the time come for Hugh Jackman to retract his claws? Do you think any of the original cast will have cameos in the film? Let us know what you think in the comments below.