For about two seconds there, The Wolverine seemed interesting—the sequel chronicling the bushy-haired hero’s pre-X-Men time in the Far East was set to be directed by Black Swan auteur Darren Aronofsky and filmed in Japan.  Then Aronofsky quit (perhaps because he realized he was set to direct a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and an earthquake rocked Japan.  Now, however, Hugh Jackman let it slip on Twitter that The Wolverine is back on, and begins shooting in late summer.

When a fan asked Jackman when he would reprise his role as Wolverine, Jackman exclaimed “Starts shooting in August!!!,” which makes sense, as the film has to meet a July 26, 2013 release date.

On-set filming for The Wolverine will take place in Australia, while location shooting will still take place in Japan, as had been originally planned.  Fox CEO Tom Rothman had previously stated that the film will take place in Japan, and that “A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it’s based on the very famous run of the comics… I can just tell you on behalf of [Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, bad ass, berserker rage Wolverine.”

Aronofsky has been replaced by director James Mangold (Knight and Day, Walk the Line), with a script by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback.  Mangold is a competent director, but is no Aronofsky; expect The Wolverine to be a solid, but likely not world-changing, comic book film.

What do you think about The Wolverine?

Source: Coming Soon