Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
There has been plenty of speculation ahead of The Avengers 2 as to which new members of the Marvel universe will be added to the super sequel, but according to Hugh Jackman, Marvel should aim high and draft in Wolverine and Spider-Man.
"I literally asked [that] question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios," Jackman told Collider in a recent interview. "He works with Sony and Fox, that's his job to liaise."
"I said, 'Man, can this happen?' and he goes 'Look, it's not gonna be easy because you're working with different studios and they're their properties.'"
"But I believe," continues Jackman. "Maybe I'm optimistic, I understand at Marvel they've got The Avengers, they've got a lot of big things going on."
"But at some point I just find it almost impossible that there's not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together."
An idea most Marvel fans would love to see, but for the thorny issue of the various character rights. However, Jackman doesn't see why the studios can't work together to overcome that problem.
"I don't see the impediment," says Jackman. "You've got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it's all coming together! I would love to. I'm in for it, I'm totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board."Source: www.totalfilm.com
After a slew of roles were recently cast, Jessica Biel has become the latest name to join Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine.
Biel will play Viper, who'll be familiar to fans of the comic. Also known as Madame Hydra, Viper has been an enemy to both the Avengers and the X-Men, and she has had an allegiance to the Silver Samurai, which will see her slot nicely into the sequel's Japan setting.
Snaky in more than just name, Viper's loyalties have been known to wobble, giving her something of a Catwoman 'friend-or-foe' duality.
The Wolverine picks up with the amnesiac antihero in Japan. Not only will this provide the opportunity for some insanely cool bad guys and spectacular backdrops, it's also a way of getting some distance from the shambolic X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Jackman and director James Mangold have previously compared the movie to westerns like The Outlaw Josey Wales, hinting that the definitively titled sequel will have a standalone quality.
This isn't Biel's first dalliance with a Marvel property: she appeared with Origins actor Ryan Reynolds in Blade: Trinity.Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Wolverine has made significant steps forward by casting four of its major roles, with a quartet of Japanese actors signing on to join Hugh Jackman in James Mangold's forthcoming adventure.
Established actors Hiroyuki Sanada and Hal Yamanouchi will be joined by newcomers Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima, as Wolverine heads to Japan and finds himself embroiled in all sorts of Yakuza-centric trouble.
Sanada will play mob boss Lord Shingen, whose daughter Mariko (Okamoto) is due to be forced into marriage with a rival crime lord when she falls for Wolverine. Fukushima will play Yukio, one of Shingen's assassins, while Yamanouchi will play another member of the Yashida crime family.
Mark Bomback has recently been performing a bit of a rewrite on the script, with an amnesia-suffering Wolverine set to return to Japan in search of answers concerning his involvement with the criminal underworld there. Meanwhile, director Mangold has stressed that the film will be a character-driven piece, comparing it to a western in a similar vein to The Outlaw Josey Wales.Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Wolverine, Fox's long-gestating sequel to X-Men Origins, looks to be inching ever closer to our screens with Hugh Jackman announcing that filming is set to begin on the project in August.
The star took to Twitter to answer a question from a fan, confirming, "starts shooting in August!!!" when asked for an update on the film. That's all he had to say on it detail-wise, so lets just hope that nothing else happens to postpone that schedule.
The film has been delayed by everything from directorial changes to adverse weather conditions, so it's encouraging to see things finally moving in the right direction. However, we won't be fully satisfied until those cameras actually start rolling.
Filming will be split between studio work in Sydney and on location in Japan, where the story is set. "A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it's based on the very famous run of the comics," explained Fox CEO Tom Rothman recently. "I can tell you on behalf of [Hugh Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, badass, berserker-rage Wolverine."Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Wolverine continues to inch its way ever closer to our screens, with Fox announcing that filming will take place in Japan, where much of the story is set.
It was recently announced that part of the film will be shot in Sydney, although it now transpires that that will be the location for the stage work, with location shooting shifting to Japan.
"It's set in Japan," confirmed Fox CEO, Tom Rothman. "A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it's 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."
Sounds promising, doesn't it? As to that famous comic-book run, Rothman is likely referring to the 1982 miniseries by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, in which Logan heads to Japan and falls in love with Mariko Yashida, heiress to a powerful Yakuza family.
The film has been delayed numerous times, with various directors coming and going, but it does sound like Fox are going to push this one through at long last.Source: www.totalfilm.com
If Hugh Jackman's recent chatter about The Wolverine promises one thing, it's that the filmmaking team won't make the same mistakes that blighted X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
We all thought that one was a bit masculine, right?
"I think we've got the chance to nail the character this time, to do the hole-in-one. We haven't managed that yet. On the last movie we complicated it with too many other characters. And there'll be more women this time, which is good. The last one was so masculine!" Jackman told The Guardian.
Oooooo-K. Please tell us less masculine doesn't mean less action? If this thing turns into some kinda weepy-eyed, touchy-feely, 'What's wrong with Wolvie?'-type flick you can count us out now.
"The new film will go more into the character. I don't think we've ever seen his rage expressed properly. We're letting go with this one of the whole 'Who am I? Where did I come from? Oh no, I've lost my memory' thing. I feel like that's sent us all to sleep. 'Yeah, whatever pal. We're bored! Fine, you were a sushi chef, whatever it was, can we just get on with the story now?'" Jackman added.
Sounds like we're back on track. But watch out Wolverine, we're jacking into Cerebro to track the movements of this one very closely.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Mark Bomback (Jack The Giant Killer, the Total Recall reboot) has been handed scripting duties for The Wolverine ahead of next year's shoot.
Christopher McQuarrie wrote the current version of the script, with director James Mangold on board to direct.
The plot sees Hugh Jackman's X-Man searching for clues to his past amongst the Japanese criminal underworld, finding love but suffering tragedy along the way.
The shoot is still expected to begin in Tokyo and Vancouver next year, as soon as Jackman finishes shooting Les Miserables. Filming had originally been planned for November 2011 in Vancouver.
Bomback's previous work includes scripts for Live Free Or Die Hard, Unstoppable and the Jackman film Deception.Source: www.totalfilm.com
The troubled development of X-sequel The Wolverine appears to be getting no easier, with Deadline reporting that filming has been pushed back from an initial autumn 2011 start date to some time in early 2012.
This is thought in part to be a move designed to allow Hugh Jackman to begin work on Les Miserables, but there are also huge question marks over where exactly filming is going to take place.
Much of the film was to have been filmed in Japan, but in the wake of the recent earthquake, many planned locations have been compromised.
As a stopgap cameras were set to begin rolling in Vancouver in November (presumably to cover some of the plot's non-Japanese elements) although Jackman's commitments elsewhere mean that even that now seems unlikely.
Indeed, Fox are reportedly considering pulling out of Japan altogether, which would presumably represent a significant setback, given that nearly all of Chris McQuarrie's script is set there.
Its yet another hurdle to be cleared by this most beleaguered of super-projects. All had looked rosy last autumn, with Darren Aronofsky set to begin filming in March 2011. Since then, Aronofsky has dropped out and the film has suffered one delay after another.
Replacement director James Mangold will be hoping that Fox can come up with a viable solution sooner rather than later. Logic would suggest the studio will find a way – with the first Wolverine taking around $400 million worldwide, they won't be giving up easily...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Wolverine 2 - AKA The Wolverine - will begin shooting in Vancouver later this year, according to a report from the Vancouver Sun.
Hugh Jackman will be getting his claws out once more, in a cast that also includes Kelly Hu (Lady Deathstrike), Ken Watanabe (Wilson Jones Jong) and Naturi Naughton (Cecilia Reyes).
The plot sees Wolverine travel to Japan to train with a samurai warrior, so expect to see an Asian theme at the Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby where the production will be housed.
Filming takes place between 11 November 2011 and 1 March 2012 and The Wolverine will open summer 2012. Top Wikipedia fact: The Wolverine, AKA Gulo gulo (Gulo being Latin for glutton), is also called the carcajou, quickhatch, gulon or skunk bear.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Knight And Day director James Mangold is in final negotiations to direct The Wolverine.
He's long been on 20th Century Fox's list of potential directors, with fan favourite Darren Aronofsky having departed the sequel earlier this year.
Now Variety reports that Mangold is all but on board, with just the specifics of his contract to be ironed out.
Though Mangold's Tom Cruise vehicle Knight And Day wasn't exactly the greatest film of last year, Fox clearly caught his previous, more polished tension-crankers Identity and 3:10 To Yuma.
Hopefully the 3:10 Mangold will turn up on set, not the one who (valiantly) tried to resurrect Cruise's post-sofa-hopping career.
Mangold will reportedly work from the same script that Aronofsky would have, which has been penned by Christopher McQuarrie.
If the director's deal is confirmed soon, expect production to kick off this autumn.Source: www.totalfilm.com
A shortlist of directors who are currently favourite to take on comic-book sequel The Wolverine has surfaced online.
Among them are the expected 'trending' names like Justin Lin (who's been attached to Terminator 5 and Fast & Furious 6 as well as a handful of other projects) and the RoboCop reboot's Jose Padilha.
Other names include James Mangold, Antoine Fuqua, Gavin O'Connor, Mark Romanek, Gary Shore and Doug Liman.
The latter is a particularly interesting addition – though his sci-fi Jumper is almost universally derided, he's deftly handled gritty action with The Bourne Identity and Fair Game.
Whoever lands the gig, they'll be working from a script by Christopher McQuarrie, which whisks Wolvie off to Japan.
One thing's for sure – the director who eventually takes on The Wolverine will have a lot to live up to in the wake of Darren Aronofsky's upsetting departure from the film.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Just when things were looking so good for The Wolverine, the comic book sequel has hit a devastating snag – it's just lost director Darren Aronofsky.
The Black Swan filmmaker, who signed on last year to helm the follow-up to 2009's middling X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has departed the production, citing the film's long production schedule as a problem.
"As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year," Aronofsky says in a press statement.
"I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won't be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again."
No matter how you look at it, this is a massive disappointment. Aronofsky has sounded genuinely amped to be helming the comic sequel, and everything he's said about it has given the impression that his Wolverine was going to be something really special.
Now that he's walked away, 20th Century Fox will "regroup and move forward aggressively", which basically means they'll be grabbing the closest director and handing them the keys to Aronofsky's project.
Our interest in this project just went out the door with Aronofsky.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Darren Aronofsky is everywhere at the moment - with Black Swan opening in a few weeks in USA and the new two-year deal with Fox - and the director has now opened up about his plans for The Wolverine.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Darren Aronofsky has revealed the official title for Wolverine's second solo cinematic outing will be The Wolverine.Source: www.totalfilm.com
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