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Ryan Elliott
06-15-2011, 06:28 PM
http://geektyrant.com/news/2011/6/15/james-mangold-to-direct-the-wolverine-for-fox.html


I can live with this.

Caley Tibbittz
06-15-2011, 06:37 PM
I'm much happier with this choice.

David Aspmo
06-15-2011, 06:42 PM
3:10 to Yuma makes me comfortable with this development. Knight and Day not as much (although that looked like it was bad at the script level, so he might not need to take the blame for it).

Of the list of potential replacement directors that was posted on the old Wolverine thread, Mangold struck me as the best option.

Andrew
06-15-2011, 06:45 PM
I have no opinion on this as I'm not familiar with the director. All I can hope for is that this turns out to be good (and the script is apparently fantastic, so all it needs is someone with vision to bring it to life; most bad movies suck because they have a bad script from the get-go, which is what plagued X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Also nice to see that they'll begin filming in the fall. I want them to get on this as soon as possible and hopefully it means we can get a fall 2012 release rather than having to wait for a summer 2013 release.

The Wolverine in late 2012, and Deadpool in 2013. That would be nice.

schizorabbit
06-15-2011, 06:49 PM
I'm much happier with this choice.

I'm not.

:)

Supreme Convoy
06-15-2011, 06:55 PM
I would've killed to see Darren Aronofsky's take on Wolverine.

However, this is a pretty inspired choice that I would've have thought of. I really love Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma. I'd check this out.

schizorabbit
06-15-2011, 07:03 PM
I would've killed to see Darren Aronofsky's take on Wolverine.

However, this is a pretty inspired choice that I would've have thought of. I really love Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma. I'd check this out.

I would've not only killed but also eaten my victims to see Aronofsky reteam with Jackman on a superhero flick. With a Clint Mansell soundtrack. And ninjas!!!

Spidey616
06-15-2011, 07:04 PM
Looks like he's reuniting with Jackman after working with him in Kate & Leopold

schizorabbit
06-15-2011, 07:09 PM
Looks like he's reuniting with Jackman after working with him in Kate & Leopold

I just imdb'd that film. Sabretooth's in that as well!!! Ha!!!

EDIT:
Maybe we can view Kate and Leopold as a Lost Chapter of Wolverine and Sabretooth...Wolverine and Sabretooth: the Carefree Years.

Mister Mets
06-15-2011, 07:11 PM
Step down from Aronofsky. But it's a decent pick.

I'll have fun telling mom that the guy who directed one of her favorite movies (Walk the Line) is now making a film about the superhero who is always angry and has knives on his hands.

GrandeMaestro Fünke
06-15-2011, 07:18 PM
I'll liked 3:!0 to Yuma. Hopefully it's something along those lines.

Mark Mavro (kryptic6)
06-15-2011, 07:24 PM
It's a solid choice, above and beyond some of the guys they were looking at. A far cry from Aranofsky. You went from a director with a strong vision and style to a director with good storytelling sensibilities, but no style.

A.Huerta
06-15-2011, 07:26 PM
An ok choice, but a far cry from Aranofsky. You went from a director with a strong vision and style to a director with good storytelling sensibilities, but no style.

fixed.

schizorabbit
06-15-2011, 07:28 PM
It's a solid choice, above and beyond some of the guys they were looking at. A far cry from Aranofsky. You went from a director with a strong vision and style to a director with good storytelling sensibilities, but no style.

Ditto. His directing "style" comes across as serviceable at best.

SMACK!
06-15-2011, 07:35 PM
Shit I thought Kim Ji-woon was directing it.

SMACK!
06-15-2011, 07:36 PM
Besides having a gay porn star name, James Mangold is a very safe, vanilla director.

Mattman
06-15-2011, 07:39 PM
So what are the chances that the writer's strike was to blame for the shitfest that was the first Wolverine movie?

Mark Mavro (kryptic6)
06-15-2011, 07:47 PM
So what are the chances that the writer's strike was to blame for the shitfest that was the first Wolverine movie?

Depends. Did the writers' strike affect producing, directing and acting as well? As long as McQuarrie is writing the script, then this movie is already 10 times better than the last.

Supreme Convoy
06-15-2011, 07:48 PM
So what are the chances that the writer's strike was to blame for the shitfest that was the first Wolverine movie?

Probably more like studio interference. I vaguely remember reading the first draft by David Benioff and it was a solid story. Then the filmed version just seemed to be packed with meaningless X cameos and a really screwed up version of Deadpool that was a reaction to Dark Knight.

schizorabbit
06-15-2011, 07:51 PM
Probably more like studio interference. I vaguely remember reading the first draft by David Benioff and it was a solid story. Then the filmed version just seemed to be packed with meaningless X cameos and a really screwed up version of Deadpool that was a reaction to Dark Knight.

Also, I believe that after the strike ended, they threw more money into the movie and did expensive reshoots and stuff, so they did have the luxury of "fixing" it. Instead, they made it shittier.

Man, that movie was goddawful. It was cinematic butt cancer.

SMACK!
06-15-2011, 08:01 PM
Fox has no cohesive game plan. There are so many cool places they could take the franchise -- Days of Future PAst, Age of Apocalypse, Genosha, Xtinction Agenda... They've just got to loosen the reigns.

Marvel needs to get their properties back and then launch Civil War. That would be so EPIC.

Andrew
06-15-2011, 08:05 PM
Marvel needs to get their properties back and then launch Civil War. That would be so EPIC.

That would never happen unless they recast everyone with no-name actors they would pay barely anything to.

Mark Mavro (kryptic6)
06-15-2011, 08:18 PM
Probably more like studio interference. I vaguely remember reading the first draft by David Benioff and it was a solid story. Then the filmed version just seemed to be packed with meaningless X cameos and a really screwed up version of Deadpool that was a reaction to Dark Knight.

That first draft was awful. Then they threw the Origins intro, Gambit and Deadpool into it. The story is exactly the same. It was a really bad script, and it stayed a bad script. Just with more characters. But who knows, maybe that script was commissioned under the guise of Jackman and the producers, because Benioff is so much better than that script.

Marcdachamp
06-16-2011, 05:02 AM
Good choice. I've only seen 3:10 to Yuma, but I enjoyed that movie all the way up to the non-sensical ending that took it from a 4 star movie to a 3 star. If the script is as good as I hear, I have a lot of faith that we're going to get two good X-Men movies in a row.

BenH
06-16-2011, 05:38 AM
The first Wolverine was bad and so lazy that I have trouble mustering up any enthusiasm for this. Hopefully it will come out to good reviews and I'll be proven wrong.

Andrew
06-29-2011, 03:35 PM
Hugh Jackman Says 'The Wolverine' Will Shoot In October, 2012 Release In The Cards?

For a moment there, it looked like the highly anticipated "The Wolverine" was in a spot of trouble. The devastating earthquakes in Japan scratched plans for location shooting and then abrupt departure of Darren Aronofsky added further woes to the film that seemed to be moving full steam ahead with fan approved adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Mille'‘s extremely dark, bloody and intense 1982 limited series with a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie. But earlier this month, new life was kicked back in. James Mangold ("3:10 To Yuma," "Knight & Day") stepped into the hot seat and it looks like the film will get rolling this fall.

Speaking yesterday to the hugely irritating Darren Osborne of the Toronto radio station CHFI about his upcoming stage show coming to the Canadian city, Jackson let loose about the plans for the comic movie. "We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that. That's usually around the timeline," Jackman said.

That last bit is intriguing. Earlier this year there was speculation that the film might be bumped to 2013, but it's hard to just replace a film like "The Wolverine" (and the money it generates) on a studio release calendar so we won't be too surprised if Fox still wants this to arrive as soon as possible. But Jackman also sounds pretty uncertain as to the release date, so don't hold fast to it.

But what this does mean is that Tom Hooper‘s "The King's Speech" followup that has Jackman set to star, will have to wait until he retracts those adamantium claws. "I’m going to 'Les Miserables,' the movie version of it, next year," Jackman told the radio station, so any plans Hooper had to return the Kodak Theater have been pushed back a bit longer.

Jackman will next be seen in a brief cameo in "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and has "Real Steel" lined up to hit theaters on October 7th.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/hugh_jackman_says_the_wolverine_will_shoot_in_octo ber_2012_release_in_the/

Andrew
07-21-2011, 07:55 PM
Hugh Jackman Reveals The Villain Of 'Wolverine 2'

Hugh Jackman confirmed today who he will battle in the upcoming quasi-X-Men sequel: 'Wolverine 2.'

The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con is finally in full swing and there are plenty of movies, TV shows and comic books all clamoring for your attention and dollar. Besides all the panels, round table interviews and promotional boothes inside the convention center, studios also hold promotions outside the facility in the surrounding parking lots – in this case Petco Park (home to the San Diego Padres).

Hugh Jackman made a surprise appearance this morning to do a promotion for his upcoming fighting robot movie Real Steel, and during the Q&A time with the audience he dropped some pretty interesting bits of information regarding Wolverine 2 – namely who the main villain is and when they will start shooting the film.

Said Jackman to the audience:

"I'm filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I'll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan."

Last month (June) James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) was announced as the man who will helm the second film – tentatively titled The Wolverine – after Darren Aronofsky stepped down. Though nothing had been confirmed we speculated a while back that one of the villains could potentially be the Silver Samurai and now thanks to Jackman we know this is the villain writer Chris McQuarrie (Jack the Giant Killer) has chosen.

The Silver Samurai (character's "real" name is Kenuichio Harada) has a long history in the Marvel Universe and should make an admirable foe for Wolverine. Harada is actually the half-brother of Wolverine's lover Mariko Yashida and he has major issues with her relationship with Wolvie. In the comics, Wolverine is trained in the ways of the samurai by Kenuichio and Mariko's father Shingen and eventually joins Shingen's Clan Yashida.

There is no word yet on who might play the Silver Samurai but as Comic-Con goes on over the next 3 days there is a good chance more information regarding The Wolverine will trickle out, and that question could be answered as well.

http://screenrant.com/hugh-jackman-wolverine-2-villain-pauly-124738/

dougmac
07-21-2011, 08:01 PM
I still cant believe the first one made as much as it did, especially after the pirating of it was so widespread.

Jef UK
07-21-2011, 08:17 PM
I've read so many terrible Wolverine comic books that it's hard for me not to consider X-Men Origins: Wolverine a success.

Andrew
07-22-2011, 12:45 PM
I still cant believe the first one made as much as it did, especially after the pirating of it was so widespread.

Maybe it's proof of this:

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?209402-Movie-Industry-buries-report-that-states-quot-Piracy-makes-Great-Consumers-quot

;)

WhindamPryce
07-22-2011, 12:51 PM
Has the script been leaked anywhere?

I don't usually track down scripts, but this one has gotten so much praise that I'd love to read it.

Martin J
07-22-2011, 02:02 PM
I am actually quite shocked that so many people are giving this guy a meh reaction.

Would I have loved to see an Aranofsky version, danm right I love The Fountain.

Was Knight and Day a bit rubbish, absolutely but you put anybody in Cruises role the film would be 10 times better than the smirking humourless midget. No director is ever going to say go with this actor instead of Cruise and still keep his job, just look at the Jack Reacher movie being made.

But every other film James Mangold has done has been good to excellent with multiple Oscars and Awards thrown at them, maybe not for him himself. 3:10 to Yuma, Girl Interupted and Walk the Line where all very good movies, they may not have the visual flair of others but he sure knows how to direct a cast to get the best out of them. Hell he even got Sylvester Stallone to act for the first and only time since Rocky in Cop Land.

To be frank, the guy they got to direct Wolverine 2 is so much better than the have any right to get after the abysmal mess they made of Wolverine.

Andrew
07-22-2011, 03:20 PM
To be frank, the guy they got to direct Wolverine 2 is so much better than the have any right to get after the abysmal mess they made of Wolverine.

I can't speak to whether or not this is true as I haven't seen any of James Mangold's films, but your statement has given me some confidence that this movie will turn out to be good. After Aronofsky left it was looking a little grim.

Andrew
07-26-2011, 03:21 PM
http://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/07/26/wolverine-hugh-jackman-james-mangold-director/?xrs=share_twitterhttp://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/07/26/wolverine-hugh-jackman-james-mangold-director/?xrs=share_twitter

Mark Mavro (kryptic6)
07-26-2011, 03:29 PM
I am actually quite shocked that so many people are giving this guy a meh reaction.

Would I have loved to see an Aranofsky version, danm right I love The Fountain.

Was Knight and Day a bit rubbish, absolutely but you put anybody in Cruises role the film would be 10 times better than the smirking humourless midget. No director is ever going to say go with this actor instead of Cruise and still keep his job, just look at the Jack Reacher movie being made.

But every other film James Mangold has done has been good to excellent with multiple Oscars and Awards thrown at them, maybe not for him himself. 3:10 to Yuma, Girl Interupted and Walk the Line where all very good movies, they may not have the visual flair of others but he sure knows how to direct a cast to get the best out of them. Hell he even got Sylvester Stallone to act for the first and only time since Rocky in Cop Land.

To be frank, the guy they got to direct Wolverine 2 is so much better than the have any right to get after the abysmal mess they made of Wolverine.

Eh... Cruise was the only thing I loved about KNIGHT AND DAY. But I dig your praise. It'll be good. It's just the knowing what could have been that burns.

A.Huerta
07-26-2011, 08:46 PM
http://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/07/26/wolverine-hugh-jackman-james-mangold-director/?xrs=share_twitterhttp://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/07/26/wolverine-hugh-jackman-james-mangold-director/?xrs=share_twitter

Has there ever been an actor who has said the director they're working for sucks, pre-production?

And I like Cruise, minus his crazy.

Garth
07-26-2011, 09:22 PM
I would've not only killed but also eaten my victims to see Aronofsky reteam with Jackman on a superhero flick. With a Clint Mansell soundtrack. And ninjas!!!

I'd have liked for a Wolverine/The Fountain crossover! As if Fountain didn't blow our minds already, imagine Wolverine eaten tree jizz!

HeroBoy
07-27-2011, 05:59 AM
I'd have liked for a Wolverine/The Fountain crossover! As if Fountain didn't blow our minds already, imagine Wolverine eaten tree jizz!

Millar's writting the movie?

Andrew
07-27-2011, 01:15 PM
Has there ever been an actor who has said the director they're working for sucks, pre-production?

Hopefully the script really is as good as people say it is.

Spidey616
08-24-2011, 07:37 PM
Looks like weather conditions forcing shooting to be postponed until Spring 2012. DOH!

Andrew
08-24-2011, 08:00 PM
Looks like weather conditions forcing shooting to be postponed until Spring 2012. DOH!

This is just getting annoying now.

If Japan is still too much of a risk in light of the radiation, they should just build sets elsewhere. Legitimacy would've been nice, but I'd rather this movie get made in some capacity (as long as it's good) than not at all.

Mark Mavro (kryptic6)
08-24-2011, 10:20 PM
Jackman must be wondering how long he has to stay this jacked. So many dead chickens...

A.Huerta
08-25-2011, 12:05 AM
Just cancel the movie already.

Matt C. Linton
08-25-2011, 01:02 AM
As long as they have a good script and a good director I don't really care how long they take to make the film. Rushing to get it made doesn't help anything.

Marcdachamp
08-25-2011, 04:47 AM
Just cancel the movie already.

Why? They have several solid people in place and a script that has great word-of-mouth. I'd be pissed if they canned it.


As long as they have a good script and a good director I don't really care how long they take to make the film. Rushing to get it made doesn't help anything.

Exactly. Everything about this looks good. Take your time, get it right.

Andrew
08-25-2011, 05:05 AM
Why? They have several solid people in place and a script that has great word-of-mouth. I'd be pissed if they canned it.

Not only that, but it's not like they would just let the property revert back to Marvel, as some of the naysayers might be hoping. They would aggressively start working on something else instead.

But yeah, I'd be really pissed if it was cancelled. There's no reason for them to; if Japan is too much of a potential issue, they can build sets elsewhere. The Last Samurai was filmed in New Zealand, after all.

Andrew
08-26-2011, 05:05 AM
Screen Rant is saying that there are conflicting reports and that The Wolverine may not be further delayed:


A Celebrity & Entertainment writer for the Vancouver Sun contacted us when this story was posted, claiming that The Wolverine will NOT be delayed, but rather will start filming in Canada this fall. As writer/reporter Katya Holloway told us via Twitter:


Wolverine is scheduled to begin filming in Vancouver in November

As of now FOX has not made any comment on which version of the story is true, but it seemed as though Holloway was pretty certain of the production schedule.

http://screenrant.com/wolverine-2-delay-rob-129178/

Andrew
09-01-2011, 02:50 PM
'Total Recall' scribe rewriting 'Wolverine'

Mark Bomback will retool script for Fox superhero sequel

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Bomback, the scribe who wrote Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Killer" and Len Wiseman's "Total Recall," is adding one more tentpole to his resume, as he's been brought on to rewrite Christopher McQuarrie's script for 20th Century Fox's superhero sequel "The Wolverine."

Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his role as the heroic mutant in the action pic, which reteams the Aussie actor with his "Kate & Leopold" helmer James Mangold.

Story will find Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy.

The entire cast will be comprised of Japanese and Japanese-American actors except for a newly-expanded character named Viper, who's the Caucasian secretary for Japan's Minister of Justice.

Jackman is producing with John Palermo and Lauren Shuler Donner. Production, which will take place in Tokyo and Vancouver, is expected to start next year after Jackman wraps Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" for Universal.

Bomback is one of Fox's go-to scribes, having previously written "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Unstoppable" for the studio. He also scripted the Jackman-starrer "Deception" and has the action-thriller "Protection" in development at Fox-based banner Davis Entertainment.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118042116

David Aspmo
09-01-2011, 03:33 PM
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118042116
Given how much praise McQuarrie's script has been getting all through production, this certainly seems strange.

Ryan Elliott
09-01-2011, 05:04 PM
Jesus.

Poor Hugh Jackman.

Andrew
09-01-2011, 06:00 PM
Jesus.

Poor Hugh Jackman.

Though he would never admit it, I wonder if he's a little pissed at Aronofsky for essentially throwing this whole thing off-track.

schizorabbit
09-01-2011, 06:30 PM
This is just getting annoying now.

If Japan is still too much of a risk in light of the radiation, they should just build sets elsewhere. Legitimacy would've been nice, but I'd rather this movie get made in some capacity (as long as it's good) than not at all.

Ditto!!! You want to trick audiences that the movie's set in Japan? Have a bunch of Asians on screen with funny haircuts and swords and talking with a bunch of subtitles on the bottom of the screen AND show a bunch of nature shots. Hello? Japan!!!

A.Huerta
09-01-2011, 06:38 PM
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118042116

rewriting? yeah, thats a good sign.

Ryan Elliott
09-01-2011, 07:04 PM
Though he would never admit it, I wonder if he's a little pissed at Aronofsky for essentially throwing this whole thing off-track.

Probably.

And it sucks because you can really tell he loves playing the character, and it's got to be a huge bummer for him that 2 out of 4 movies featuring Wolverine are reviled by the fan community.

Andrew
09-01-2011, 07:40 PM
rewriting? yeah, thats a good sign.

No, it isn't. I'm disappointed and getting increasingly worried about this movie. The script is the one thing that everyone's been praising for the past year and now they decide to change it?


Probably.

And it sucks because you can really tell he loves playing the character, and it's got to be a huge bummer for him that 2 out of 4 movies featuring Wolverine are reviled by the fan community.

And he was a producer for one of them (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), though based on how it turned out I can't imagine that he had a lot of real input when they were making it. As for this one, everything was working for it at the beginning of the year and now it's pretty much all gone to shit. I'm still hoping for a good product but I have no choice but to lower my expectations quite substantially now. :-?

A.Huerta
09-01-2011, 07:45 PM
No, it isn't. I'm disappointed and getting increasingly worried about this movie. The script is the one thing that everyone's been praising for the past year and now they decide to change it?



And he was a producer for one of them (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), though based on how it turned out I can't imagine that he had a lot of real input when they were making it. As for this one, everything was working for it at the beginning of the year and now it's pretty much all gone to shit. I'm still hoping for a good product but I have no choice but to lower my expectations quite substantially now. :-?

i was being sarcastic. ;)

Andrew
09-01-2011, 07:48 PM
i was being sarcastic. ;)

Oh, I knew you were. Sorry for not making that clear. :)

But yeah, rewrites are a bad sign, especially this late in the game. At this point it almost wouldn't surprise me if this movie doesn't happen and they just decide to throw Hugh Jackman into a First Class sequel.

Greygor
09-02-2011, 12:38 AM
My hopes for this started so high, despite the 1st film.

Oh dear :(

Andrew
09-02-2011, 10:00 AM
My hopes for this started so high, despite the 1st film.

Yep. :(

Andrew
09-26-2011, 03:45 PM
Hugh Jackman Doubts There Will Be A 'X-Men 4' Movie, But Is Still Open To More 'Wolverine' Films

Actor Says He Asked Darren Aronofsky To Helm 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' Before He Dropped Out Of 'The Wolverine'

This weekend Hugh Jackman was on hand in Los Angeles to discuss his robot boxing movie, “Real Steel,” which hits theaters October 7th. Early buzz on that flick is good and the studio has enough faith that they've already begun development on a sequel. But before that sequel, Jackman will sing alongside Russell Crowe in "Les Miserables" and, once again, return to the role that made him for "The Wolverine," the much-discussed, long in-development sequel to 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Scripted by Christopher McQuarrie, the story is based on Frank Miller's beloved '80s Japanese saga from the comics.

During our discussion with Jackman, we peppered in as much Wolverine talk as we could muster and he was a good sport. It's clear that after four features and a cameo as everyone's favorite foul-mouthed, mutton-chopped curmudgeon, he's not quite ready to hang up the adamantium claws just yet.

Here's what we learned about Wolverine's future.

1. “The Wolverine” will go next for Jackman after he finishes “Les Miserables.”
“If it wasn’t for ‘Les Mis,’ we’re ready now,” Jackman told the gathered press. “Now that Jim [Mangold]’s on board, we’re ready to go. For ‘Les Mis’ to work, we would have had to start “Wolverine,” basically, yesterday. So when we needed to press the button, we weren’t quite ready. So it will happen straight after.”

2. What happened to Darren Aronofsky?
“His personal life precluded him from making the movie,” explains Jackman. “I asked him to do ‘X-Men 3,’ I asked him to do ‘Wolverine’ one and he said, ‘It’s not so much for me.’ And then he read this and said, ‘Man, I’m in. This is the best comic movie script I’ve ever read’ and he’s been dying to do one for a long time.”

3. What made James Mangold the right choice?
Jackman says there was no shortage of directors willing to throw their hats into the pool as Aronofsky’s replacement. But it was Mangold who had the best handle on the material. “Many directors wanted to do this film, I’m happy to say, because of the strength of the script. When he came in he just had such a clear vision of where this movie should go. He had the best take. He’s done many, many genres. I look at ‘3:10 to Yuma,’ and when he started talking about ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ I was like, ‘Okay, now we’re on the right track.” He had a couple of things which, I think, even in Darren’s version of the script, hadn’t been solved that he just knew he had the key.”

4. Mark Bomback’s recent re-write work is not an overhaul, but more of a polish on McQuarrie’s script.
“When a director takes over any script,” says Jackman, “they need to make it their movie. So Jim hired Mark to help him make the movie his own. Darren had worked on the script himself and taken it in a certain direction that was right for him. And that would have been a great version of the movie. I’ve seen Jim’s version now and, you know, Jim saw things that weren’t working for him that were working for Darren. And I’ve got to hand it to Fox and to Jim, it’s easy when you start with the best script we’ve had from Chris McQuarrie. Which is why Darren signed on. So once you have that, that’s 80, 85 percent of your movie.

5. ‘The Wolverine’ is based on Miller’s Japanese saga, but it will not be an exact translation.
“It’s a little darker and, I think, a little more true to the character,” Jackman stressed. “If you read all of [the Japanese saga] there is a lot of it that is a little disparate and some of it’s got X-Men in it. There’s a wedding and all that. So we take license with that.”

6. Jackman’s cameo in “X-Men: First Class” was all about the F-bomb.
“They asked me to do that cameo a year before I did it and I said, ‘All right, pitch me the concept,’ ” Jackman recalled. “They did and I liked it. I said, ‘Is anyone else swearing in the movie?’ and they said, ‘We don’t think so.’ I said, ‘Promise me no one else swears in the movie and I’m in.’ 50 percent of Wolverine’s dialogue should be ‘fuck.’ That feels right for me. And actually that particular take was an ad-lib I did at the end. There was more secrecy to shooting that than I have ever known. I actually checked into the hotel and they had no reservation under Jackman. I was under some comic book name I had never even heard of.”

So might Jackman pop up in a ‘First Class’ sequel? “If they come up with as good of an idea as last time,” Jackman says with a big smile, “Yeah, I could see it.”

7. He isn’t tired of Wolvy just yet.
“I love that character,” he said. “It was the first film I did in America and somehow I lucked upon the greatest of all the superhero roles. His human dilemmas and demons and battles feel more real. I don’t feel like a guy with claws and ridiculous hair. I feel like a guy battling against life.”

8. “X-Men 4” probably won’t happen, but “The Wolverine” might not be the character’s swan song.
“I don’t see it. I can only see one movie ahead,” he said deflating hopes of a 4th “X-Men” film, despite talk in recent years by the producers of making one more. “I’m pretty sure I’m well into the second half of this match. I don’t know exactly when the end is, but I only go one at a time. If this is the last one, fingers crossed, man, I just hope we finally get that hole in one.”

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/2011/09/26/hugh_jackman_says_he_doubts_there_will_be_an_x-men_4_movie_but_is_still_ope/

Andrew
10-28-2011, 08:45 PM
James Mangold Calls 'The Wolverine' A Dark Character Piece Like Eastwood's 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'

'Walk the Line' Director Also Likens It To 'Chinatown,' Calls It A Foreign-Language Super-Hero Drama, Film-Noir & Detective Story; Reveals He Spoke With Aronofsky

Evidenced by his success with "Cop Land," "Walk the Line," "3:10 To Yuma" and "Knight and Day," James Mangold has a knack for turning populist entertainment into personal expression. But when 20th Century Fox announced that Mangold would be taking on "The Wolverine," a sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," his fans seemed concerned he might be overwhelmed by the enormity of a franchise sequel, and the constant scrutiny that seems to come with one. (Never mind the fact that he's directed critical and commercial darlings alike with Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise, and came away with fun, interesting pictures that still feel like they belong to him.) But Mangold told The Playlist that he thought that a sequel was the best place for him to be able to imprint his personality on the property, since he's unencumbered by the requirements of an ensemble piece or an origin story.

"You could actually just tell a story about this amazing character from the start, just the way they do when you really read a comic," Mangold said via telephone Friday. "You don't have to spend the first hour saying how they were born; you can actually just find them in an emotional space, in the middle of action, and what happens is you're not crowded with cutting to nine other action heroes. You can really make a movie about this dude."

The Playlist spoke to Mangold for the Blu-ray release of "Cop Land," his 1997 sophomore effort, which is available on November 1 via Lionsgate. Discussing his work on "The Wolverine," however, Mangold admitted that he was initially reluctant to take the film on, specifically because of the attention director Darren Aronofsky attracted to it when he signed on to direct and then pulled out. "I spoke to Darren a bit about it before I ended up taking it on," he revealed. "But I will tell you that when Darren stepped off, I was in the middle of doing a lot of other things, and when it was brought up to me, I actually didn't even consider it for the very reasons you're talking about. It was, oh, who wants to do that, and follow that, and I could hear all of the media swirl about it."

Eventually, that media buzz died down, enabling Mangold to get a better look at what he might be making if he agreed to helm "The Wolverine." "Several months went by and I hadn't even really read it, and later when they came back to me and I kind of took it in, and a lot of that hand-wringing had kind of died down," he explained. "What I saw was some really promising material, and to me an interesting character played by a great friend of mine who's a terrific actor, Hugh Jackman." (Mangold previously worked with Jackman on "Kate & Leopold," an unconventional romantic comedy he wrote and directed in 2001.)

Mangold said that he was intensely drawn to the locale of the film, which was not just markedly different from the first film, but an environment in which he felt like audiences hadn't seen a superhero movie take place. "It's a kind of adventure following such a unique character also in a really unique environment," he said. "I mean, the fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese, this is like a foreign-language superhero movie that's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir, with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film."

That said, however, there was still the concern that Mangold might simply be inheriting Christopher McQuarrie's script, despite having previously written five of his eight feature films. But the filmmaker said he's already done a lot of work collaborating with screenwriter Mark Bomback, ensuring that his voice and his vision will be represented in the finished product.

"Mark Bomback and myself have done a tremendous amount of writing on the movie," he revealed. "There's not a page that hasn't been worked and reworked and rethought and story-boarded. So it just is what it is; I mean, kind of the part of connecting to the movie and developing the scenes and finding the locations and devising the action is all about not only making it good, but also in the process making it your own."

Mangold also said he was keenly aware of the conventions of the genre he would be exploring, and felt he's been able to turn it into a more unique story than most other superhero movies demand. "I think part of the reason I'm doing this picture has been because it isn't to me a conventional superhero movie. It isn't an origin story, so I'm freed from that burden, and it also isn't a save-the-world movie, which most of them are. It's actually a character piece; I actually think it has more in common with 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' and 'Chinatown,' what we're doing, than the conventional, 'will Wolverine and his compatriots save the world from this thermonuclear device' question."

Following the success of the first "Wolverine," fans speculated – and in fact hoped - that the second film would examine the comic book story lines written by Frank Miller, in which Wolverine spent time in Japan. Mangold said that he wants to take advantage of those fish-out-of-water opportunities, and then combine them with storytelling, and of course, action sequences which maximize the influence of the world around the characters. "I think that this movie is much more an intense psychological and action-packed character piece, that's much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture,”"he said. "The fighting is going to be unique because it’s all influenced by Japanese martial arts."

Ultimately, however, Mangold insisted that "The Wolverine" would focus on the ideas that are at the core of the character, even as he delivers a visceral, intense, and entertaining film. "I think more than anything, it's a character piece, asking really interesting questions that are what pulled me in about what it means to be immortal. What is it to live forever, when you lose everyone you've ever loved? Either you watch them get killed, or you just lose them by attrition. What is it to feel the burden of saving mankind through all of its mistakes, over and over and over again. What's the toll it takes on you as a living being that is somehow living this Frankensteinian, eternal life? And there's a lot of interesting dramatic questions we're going to deliver on as well as some really inventive action."

In fact, Mangold said that because he's unfettered by considerations of back story or ensemble plot lines, he's optimistic that his film will finally deliver the Wolverine story that fans have been asking for since he was first brought to the screen. "I like to think that we're out to make that Wolverine movie that people have been looking forward to seeing, which takes on some of the darker and more intense aspects of the character, and his own journey, that have not necessarily been possible in the origin story that they did or obviously when he's sharing so much time as a character with so many others in X-Men."

"It really just was a simple choice," he admitted. "Do you want to jump on board and take this thing on, with such a cool environment and a world, and this moment when they might actually explore the character? [And] there was so much intriguing in there that I thought could be mined and something really interesting done with it."

"Cop Land" debuts on Blu-ray November 1, 2011. "The Wolverine" is tentatively scheduled for release in 2013.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/james_mangold_calls_the_wolverine_a_dark_character _piece_like_eastwoods_the/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

rwsmith
10-29-2011, 07:18 AM
The more I read the more I feel that this film is in good hands with Mangold. And the more I cannot wait for it to start filming!

Matt Jay
10-29-2011, 07:31 AM
The more I read the more I feel that this film is in good hands with Mangold. And the more I cannot wait for it to start filming!

Yeah, this sounds like it's going in a much different direction than the previous films.

rwsmith
10-29-2011, 07:53 AM
Definitely a good thing. I also hope they find a way to work Wolverine into the next X-men First Class movie, assuming they're never going to return to the present for X4. If it's set during the Vietnam War it could work as that is a) before he lost his memory and b) right around the time that William Stryker recruited he and Creed for Team X. I'd just make this his first mission under Stryker's command, to infiltrate Magneto's Brotherhood or something like that. Frost sees through his deception and they mess him up and leave him for dead, but Xavier and the remaining X-men (Beast, Havok and Banshee) find him. He helps to train them and ends up working with them, but is secretly reporting back to Stryker. It could work, especially since he won't even have the adamantium at that point and thus would actually be more of a threat to Magneto in combat. Just a thought.

If not Wolverine then I hope they go with the writers of the first one and add Cable into the XMFC sequel.

Andrew
10-29-2011, 12:35 PM
These two quotes really stand out to me and make me feel a lot better about the change in directors:


"I mean, the fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese, this is like a foreign-language superhero movie that's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir, with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film."


"I think that this movie is much more an intense psychological and action-packed character piece, that's much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture,”"he said. "The fighting is going to be unique because it’s all influenced by Japanese martial arts."

But it's this quote that I feel is by far the most important, and right on the mark:


"I think more than anything, it's a character piece, asking really interesting questions that are what pulled me in about what it means to be immortal. What is it to live forever, when you lose everyone you've ever loved? Either you watch them get killed, or you just lose them by attrition. What is it to feel the burden of saving mankind through all of its mistakes, over and over and over again. What's the toll it takes on you as a living being that is somehow living this Frankensteinian, eternal life?

It's great that Mangold is going in what that thought process. If he can actually deliver, he could end up exceeding the source material because the comics themselves have never really done a good job of exploring the whole longevity angle and how that would wear down the human psyche.

Andrew
02-07-2012, 11:45 AM
THE WOLVERINE Gets An Official 2013 Release Date

After a bumpy production schedule, losing it's original Black Swan director, as well filming delays, Twentieth Century Fox's James Mangold-directed Wolverine has a release date.

According to a production update from Box Office Mojo, Twentieth Century Fox have given their long-productive much-anticipated sequel, The Wolverine, an official release date. Joining Marvel flicks Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 in year 2013, check out the spotlighted release date down below.

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The Wolverine, under James Mangold's direction, brings back Hugh Jackman as 'Logan/ Wolverine,' taking on the Silver Samurai. The story follows Logan being lured to Japan to learn who he is and where he came from. And Fox has yet to announce a release date for the much-anticipated sequel.

With a script by The Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie, filming is expected to commence soon.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MarvelFreshman/news/?a=54246

WhindamPryce
02-07-2012, 11:47 AM
Someone refresh my memory...

I remember McQuarrie's script being pretty much beloved. Has it been retooled since then by another writer?

When is principle photography supposed to begin? In Japan or backlots?

WhindamPryce
02-07-2012, 11:50 AM
I feel like this is the last chance for the (present-day) X-Franchise. After two mediocre / slightly shitty movies (X3, Wolvie), this one HAS to be fucking good. We haven't had a good Logan movie in almost a decade.

Andrew
02-07-2012, 11:50 AM
Someone refresh my memory...

I remember McQuarrie's script being pretty much beloved. Has it been retooled since then by another writer?

When is principle photography supposed to begin? In Japan or backlots?

Les Miserables begins filming next month (which Hugh Jackman is in), and it will obviously be done quickly since it has a December release date. As soon as that's done, they start The Wolverine.

And by all accounts they're doing Canadian scenes in Vancouver and Japanese scenes in Japan. Keeping it authentic on both counts.

WhindamPryce
02-07-2012, 11:51 AM
Les Miserables begins filming next month (which Hugh Jackman is in), and it will obviously be done quickly since it has a December release date. As soon as that's done, they start The Wolverine.

I see. Thanks.

Andrew
02-07-2012, 11:55 AM
I feel like this is the last chance for the (present-day) X-Franchise. After two mediocre / slightly shitty movies (X3, Wolvie), this one HAS to be fucking good. We haven't had a good Logan movie in almost a decade.

I can't figure out when the hell this is supposed to take place. The set up with Wolverine in Japan in one of the alternate endings of X-Men Origins: Wolverine would have you think of this as another prequel. Now with Mangold talking about how they'll explore the impact of 'saving the world time and time again, watching humans make the same mistakes over and over again' and its impact on Wolverine's psyche, that would suggest it might actually be a post-X3 setting.

WhindamPryce
02-07-2012, 12:12 PM
I can't figure out when the hell this is supposed to take place. The set up with Wolverine in Japan in one of the alternate endings of X-Men Origins: Wolverine would have you think of this as another prequel. Now with Mangold talking about how they'll explore the impact of 'saving the world time and time again, watching humans make the same mistakes over and over again' and its impact on Wolverine's psyche, that would suggest it might actually be a post-X3 setting.

I've not read any interviews on this film, but saving the world and watching humans doesn't sound like a 21st century problem. It doesn't have to involve the X-men at all. It could still take place after Wolvie 1.

But again, I've never been one to worry about how First Class fits in with X1 or whatever, so I don't really care about this. I just want a good solo Wolvie film.

Ryan Elliott
02-07-2012, 12:21 PM
I can't figure out when the hell this is supposed to take place. The set up with Wolverine in Japan in one of the alternate endings of X-Men Origins: Wolverine would have you think of this as another prequel. Now with Mangold talking about how they'll explore the impact of 'saving the world time and time again, watching humans make the same mistakes over and over again' and its impact on Wolverine's psyche, that would suggest it might actually be a post-X3 setting.

See, I think that alludes to THIS Wolverine film dealing with the impact on Wolverine's psyche. Since he's been through war after war, saved the world, and, after all these years, watching people make the same mistake time after time. It could still take place after Origins and still be a period movie.

Andrew
02-07-2012, 12:25 PM
I've not read any interviews on this film, but saving the world and watching humans doesn't sound like a 21st century problem. It doesn't have to involve the X-men at all. It could still take place after Wolvie 1.

I'm talking specifically about a recent interview where Mangold said this:


"I think more than anything, it's a character piece, asking really interesting questions that are what pulled me in about what it means to be immortal. What is it to live forever, when you lose everyone you've ever loved? Either you watch them get killed, or you just lose them by attrition. What is it to feel the burden of saving mankind through all of its mistakes, over and over and over again. What's the toll it takes on you as a living being that is somehow living this Frankensteinian, eternal life? And there's a lot of interesting dramatic questions we're going to deliver on as well as some really inventive action."

Considering that Logan just lost his memories at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, that'd be a pretty strange observation to make for a guy who has no idea who he is or how long he's been alive. That's why I'm wondering if it might be a post-X3 setting (and even if it is, no, I can't imagine it would involve the other X-Men characters at all, nor would it have to).

But like you, I just want a good solo Wolverine movie. The rest won't matter to me as long as the quality is there.

Dreg
02-07-2012, 12:32 PM
It doesn't really sound like the original plot from The Wolverine would suffer much if it took place after X-Men. Because the X-Men stuff wouldn't be mentioned at all anyway.

Andrew
02-07-2012, 12:35 PM
See, I think that alludes to THIS Wolverine film dealing with the impact on Wolverine's psyche. Since he's been through war after war, saved the world, and, after all these years, watching people make the same mistake time after time. It could still take place after Origins and still be a period movie.

That would make sense if it weren't for Logan losing his memories at the end of Origins.

And I'd love for it to be a period movie, yeah. If you take into consideration that Origins ended with the Three Mile Island incident of 1979, you could have this Japanese story take place in 1982 (which is when the Claremont/Miller Japanese story was published). That'd be a nice nod to the comic's history and it'd be a way to maintain that story's particular aesthetic which is very much of its time. Japan has changed a lot since then.

WhindamPryce
02-07-2012, 12:42 PM
I wanna see Logan in bell-bottoms just once. :lol:

I hope this is a quiet, Road to Perdition type film where violence occurs briefly yet suddenly and it's mostly a character piece. But knowing focus groups & Fox & fanboys, this will likely turn out to be a heavy action film with character moments littered throughout. But still there's a way to make those kind of movies work and count (TDK).

Looking back on Mangold's filmography, I've enjoyed a lot of his work (3:10 to Yuma, Knight & Day, Girl Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line), so I have high hopes for this.

Spidey616
02-07-2012, 01:55 PM
And Man of Steel in June 2013 right?

Pretty big summer of films.

Andrew
02-07-2012, 02:00 PM
And Man of Steel in June 2013 right?

Pretty big summer of films.

So far we have Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, R.I.P.D., The Wolverine, and Thor 2 coming in 2013 as far as comic book movies go.

We'll see if we get any more. ;)

Mark Mavro (kryptic6)
02-07-2012, 04:28 PM
I would say if you really want to enjoy this movie, don't think about any of the others.

Greygor
02-08-2012, 05:31 AM
I would say if you really want to enjoy this movie, don't think about any of the others.

Pretty much my approach with girls

Marcdachamp
02-08-2012, 06:07 AM
That would make sense if it weren't for Logan losing his memories at the end of Origins.

And I'd love for it to be a period movie, yeah. If you take into consideration that Origins ended with the Three Mile Island incident of 1979, you could have this Japanese story take place in 1982 (which is when the Claremont/Miller Japanese story was published). That'd be a nice nod to the comic's history and it'd be a way to maintain that story's particular aesthetic which is very much of its time. Japan has changed a lot since then.

I'd be cool with that. But a big part of that is that I love how the X-Men franchise is starting to embrace when the comics actually came out.

Andrew
03-20-2012, 01:05 PM
Is This The First Poster For 'The Wolverine'?

A sneaky photo potentially taken from director James Mangold's offices reveal what may be the first one-sheet for 'The Wolverine.'

Twentieth Century Fox has successfully split their X-Men film franchise into two. The X-Men: First Class sequel is already in development, launching a new set of team-based prequels to the original trilogy and at the same time, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was able to secure a franchise of its own for poster boy Hugh Jackman.

Come next summer and Jackman will finally get his wish of being able to play the Adamantium-laced, rage-infused mutant on his travels to Japan in The Wolverine, something the Aussie actor had to delay in order to tell the character’s origin story first. Today, we have what may be the first teaser poster for the film.

The Wolverine has had a bit of a bumpy development road with some slight delays due to the weather situation in Japan, compounded by director Darren Aronofsky dropping out of the project for personal reasons.

With James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) now set to helm the feature based on Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback's adaptation of the classic Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 story arc in the Wolverine comics, production is on the right track with a solid release date locked down for next summer.

It is from Mangold's offices where our first look at The Wolverine may have leaked through an Instagram photo which we've straightened out for a clearer image. Check out what may be the first teaser poster for The Wolverine, featuring the Japan flag in the background being sliced by Wolverine's claws.

http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/wolverine-movie-poster.jpg

The Japanese words for "Japan" are Nippon (most commonly used) and Nihon which translate to "Land of the Rising Sun," hence the design Japan's national flag and the tagline in the teaser poster reading "rising soon."

The style of the poster screams '80s (when the Japanese story arc was told in the books) and its simplicity and font of the title work very well to get the message across to fans knowledgeable of the books and fans who simply enjoy Jackman’s take on the character in the films.

We've contacted Fox to verify the validity of the image and will update accordingly.

The Wolverine slashes into theaters July 26, 2013.

http://screenrant.com/the-wolverine-poster-rob-160191/

Spidey616
03-20-2012, 01:59 PM
Ok, that's a pretty cool poster

Andrew
03-21-2012, 03:04 PM
Per Screen Rant's twitter feed:


FYI, that Wolverine poster is legit, but.... it's concept art & probably won't be used in marketing the film.

http://twitter.com/#!/screenrant/status/182320109640093696

Ryan Elliott
03-21-2012, 03:27 PM
It's cool concept art, for sure.

Andrew
04-19-2012, 07:35 AM
What the hell happened to them filming in Japan?


It's claws for celebration as The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman filmed in Sydney

LOOK out Sydney - Hugh Jackman is coming to town and he's bringing his razor-sharp claws with him when he films The Wolverine in his home city.

In a deal estimated to be worth $80 million to the NSW economy, the blockbuster is the latest big budget movie to be made in NSW following recent hits such as The Great Gatsby, Lego, Walking With Dinosaurs and Happy Feet 2.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who helped secure the deal with 20th Century Fox when he flew to Los Angeles in January, said winning the film would generate more than 2000 jobs for Sydney.

"The Wolverine is expected to generate more than $80 million in production expenditure in NSW and create more than 720 jobs for NSW-based cast and crew, along with opportunities for 1200 extras," he said.

"It is a testament to our screen industry that Hugh Jackman and his team have chosen to come back to Australia after such a positive experience making the X-Men Origins."

The Federal Government has contributed $12.8 million to securing the film for Sydney, a bid that beat off Victoria as a possible location.

Although some production work is scheduled for the US, another $10 million worth of post-production work will be done here, especially visual effects. Both state and federal government incentives were provided to bring the film to Sydney.

The film follows the X Men Origins; Wolverine filming here bringing 1000 jobs to Australia.

That film was seen by millions of moviegoers worldwide and brought great exposure to Australia's screen production sector.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/its-claws-for-celebration-as-the-wolverine-with-hugh-jackman-filmed-in-sydney/story-e6frf96o-1226333680080

Dreg
04-19-2012, 07:40 AM
What the hell happened to them filming in Japan?



http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/its-claws-for-celebration-as-the-wolverine-with-hugh-jackman-filmed-in-sydney/story-e6frf96o-1226333680080

I think there were problems filming in Japan for quite awhile, largely due to the Tsunami and other issues.

DaveCummings
04-19-2012, 07:44 AM
I think there were problems filming in Japan for quite awhile, largely due to the Tsunami and other issues.

Yeah, that was one of the reasons why production was delayed a bit.

Marcdachamp
04-19-2012, 07:51 AM
I'm just glad they're getting going on this. I'm just hoping it keeps the level of quality First Class had.

Dreg
04-19-2012, 07:53 AM
I think it's quality will be largely dependent on focusing on the story and keeping a 2-3 mutant limit on it.

silverboy
04-19-2012, 07:56 AM
I think it's quality will be largely dependent on focusing on the story and keeping a 2-3 mutant limit on it.

Yup.

Marcdachamp
04-19-2012, 07:59 AM
I think it's quality will be largely dependent on focusing on the story and keeping a 2-3 mutant limit on it.

Eh, First Class had a bunch of mutants, and it was one of the best X-Flicks we've gotten. I'd prefer a smaller cast of mutants in this one, personally, but I don't think that will have too much of an impact on the quality.

I can't see them having too many, though. We'll have Silver Samurai, I'm sure. I'm trying to think who else.

silverboy
04-19-2012, 08:03 AM
Eh, First Class had a bunch of mutants, and it was one of the best X-Flicks we've gotten. I'd prefer a smaller cast of mutants in this one, personally, but I don't think that will have too much of an impact on the quality.

I can't see them having too many, though. We'll have Silver Samurai, I'm sure. I'm trying to think who else.

But First Class was a team movie; this is a solo movie. One of the reasons Origins: Wolverine sucked is because they shoehorned in so many characters. Same thing for X3 (even though that was an ensemble film).

Andrew
04-19-2012, 08:12 AM
"It is a testament to our screen industry that Hugh Jackman and his team have chosen to come back to Australia after such a positive experience making the X-Men Origins."

It's a shame that X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn't such a positive viewing experience.

But yes, I get that Japan's problems over the past year caused a delay, which is why filming hadn't already been started yet in the first place. Until recently they were still insisting that it would happen there for the sake of authenticity to the story. I guess things aren't working out, though. Oh well.

I have to agree with Marc (as usual) about being happy that this thing is getting a move on, finally. James Mangold talking about this being a character study and less action-focused opens the door for this being The Dark Knight equivalent for a Marvel character in terms of cinematic brilliance as long as Fox is largely hands-off as they were with X-Men: First Class.

A.Huerta
04-19-2012, 08:24 AM
Japan is fine now, now they're just being cheap. I'm not sure how they're going to make Australia look like Japan, even if they build sets and CGI everything its going to look off unless they're changing the setting/story.

Actually, I remember reading the Last Samurai was also filmed in NZ, so I guess we'll see.

Dreg
04-19-2012, 08:25 AM
Eh, First Class had a bunch of mutants, and it was one of the best X-Flicks we've gotten. I'd prefer a smaller cast of mutants in this one, personally, but I don't think that will have too much of an impact on the quality.

I can't see them having too many, though. We'll have Silver Samurai, I'm sure. I'm trying to think who else.

But the actual X-Men in X-Men First Class were pretty woefully undeveloped and unneccesary. It would have been a much better movie without Havok, Angel, Darwin, and...oh god, I'm forgetting the rest entirely. But all that story really needed was Prof. X, Mystique, Magneto, and Sebastian Shaw.


Japan is fine now, now they're just being cheap. I'm not sure how they're going to make Australia look like Japan, unless they're changing the setting/story.

It's pretty far away from being "fine," actually. There's still a lot of damage to the power plants that's yet to be repaired.

Andrew
04-19-2012, 07:00 PM
It's pretty far away from being "fine," actually. There's still a lot of damage to the power plants that's yet to be repaired.

Isn't Tokyo alright? That's where they were going to be filming.

Marcdachamp
04-20-2012, 06:23 AM
But the actual X-Men in X-Men First Class were pretty woefully undeveloped and unneccesary. It would have been a much better movie without Havok, Angel, Darwin, and...oh god, I'm forgetting the rest entirely. But all that story really needed was Prof. X, Mystique, Magneto, and Sebastian Shaw.

To properly set up sequels and such, it definitely needed some of those characters. I expect the growth of those kids to play a big part in the next First Class film.

Andrew
04-20-2012, 11:00 AM
To properly set up sequels and such, it definitely needed some of those characters. I expect the growth of those kids to play a big part in the next First Class film.

The script is apparently focused quite heavily on Magneto, and with Jennifer Lawrence becoming a hot commodity now and the "almost dispute" that Fox and Lionsgate just had over her availability, I'm sure that Fox will want Mystique to play a big role as well. This is helped of course by her now being on Magneto's side. They'll have to do a really good balancing act between that, Xavier dealing with his problem of now being in a wheelchair, and the further development of the actual X-Men team.

But honestly, given the much longer prep time that Matthew Vaughn and his crew are getting for the sequel, I have no doubt that they can make it work.

Marcdachamp
04-20-2012, 11:34 AM
The script is apparently focused quite heavily on Magneto, and with Jennifer Lawrence becoming a hot commodity now and the "almost dispute" that Fox and Lionsgate just had over her availability, I'm sure that Fox will want Mystique to play a big role as well. This is helped of course by her now being on Magneto's side. They'll have to do a really good balancing act between that, Xavier dealing with his problem of now being in a wheelchair, and the further development of the actual X-Men team.

But honestly, given the much longer prep time that Matthew Vaughn and his crew are getting for the sequel, I have no doubt that they can make it work.

Just let me write the damn script. Here you go, Fox:

Magneto is starting to become obsessed with his vendetta against mankind. Mystique begins to feel spurned as a result, and sleeps with Azazel, resulting in her pregnancy with Nightcrawler. She wants to tell Azazel, but opts not to when she discovers he has another child: the absolutely insane Abyss. Fearing that her child will be just as vile, Mystique uses her shape-shifting abilities to hide the pregnancy, until she can get rid of the child, in Bavaria.

Eventually, Abyss becomes more than Magneto can handle, and the X-Men (Banshee in particular) stop Abyss, forcing him to fold in on himself, and taking Azazel with him. As a result, the fractures between the X-Men and Brotherhood calm down, a bit. Emma Frost sees potential in Banshee (foreshadowing the creation of Generation X in the '90's), and Magneto helps Xavier install a new cerebro within the mansion itself, as a peace offering.

And, depending on how old Magneto is supposed to be, I'd try throwing Polaris in there as Magneto's illegitimate child, discovered by Xavier when he began searching for Magneto.

Andrew
04-20-2012, 02:46 PM
Just let me write the damn script. Here you go, Fox:

Magneto is starting to become obsessed with his vendetta against mankind. Mystique begins to feel spurned as a result, and sleeps with Azazel, resulting in her pregnancy with Nightcrawler. She wants to tell Azazel, but opts not to when she discovers he has another child: the absolutely insane Abyss. Fearing that her child will be just as vile, Mystique uses her shape-shifting abilities to hide the pregnancy, until she can get rid of the child, in Bavaria.

Eventually, Abyss becomes more than Magneto can handle, and the X-Men (Banshee in particular) stop Abyss, forcing him to fold in on himself, and taking Azazel with him. As a result, the fractures between the X-Men and Brotherhood calm down, a bit. Emma Frost sees potential in Banshee (foreshadowing the creation of Generation X in the '90's), and Magneto helps Xavier install a new cerebro within the mansion itself, as a peace offering.

And, depending on how old Magneto is supposed to be, I'd try throwing Polaris in there as Magneto's illegitimate child, discovered by Xavier when he began searching for Magneto.

That would work out pretty well.

But where do you fit in the obligatory Wolverine cameo? ;)

Andrew
04-26-2012, 10:10 PM
The Wolverine will be filming in Japan afterall. (http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=58661)

Stage work will be done in Australia, while location shooting will still be done in Japan.

:)

dougmac
04-26-2012, 10:21 PM
That would work out pretty well.

But where do you fit in the obligatory Wolverine cameo? ;)

Wolverine and Creed run into her in Bavaria and sparks fly between Mystique and Creed to set up Graydon Creed future villian.
I know you were kidding, but you know they want to force one in somehow.

Marcdachamp
04-27-2012, 04:57 AM
That would work out pretty well.

But where do you fit in the obligatory Wolverine cameo? ;)

We'd get it in there, somewhere. :lol:

But seriously, this is SO the movie I wanna see. I think using the fact that many mutants can "pass down" their powers to their kin (Azazel to Abyss and Nightcrawler, Magneto to Polaris and Banshee to Siryn) would be an interesting thematic element for the story.

Andrew
04-27-2012, 05:05 AM
We'd get it in there, somewhere. :lol:

But seriously, this is SO the movie I wanna see. I think using the fact that many mutants can "pass down" their powers to their kin (Azazel to Abyss and Nightcrawler, Magneto to Polaris and Banshee to Siryn) would be an interesting thematic element for the story.

Serious question: depending on when exactly this story of yours would take place, what type of real world "secret history" do you include? Matthew Vaughn says that he really wants to keep that aspect going in subsequent movies and have what's going on with the X-Men characters be a reflection of the times they're living in.

To my mind it would be a mistake for them to bypass the Civil Rights/counterculture era when the X-Men were originally such a great reflection of that.

Marcdachamp
04-27-2012, 05:19 AM
Serious question: depending on when exactly this story of yours would take place, what type of real world "secret history" do you include? Matthew Vaughn says that he really wants to keep that aspect going in subsequent movies and have what's going on with the X-Men characters be a reflection of the times they're living in.

To my mind it would be a mistake for them to bypass the Civil Rights/counterculture era when the X-Men were originally such a great reflection of that.

I'd stick to the '60's, I think. I'm a real sucker for the fact that, for the first time, we have a Marvel movie that takes place in the era that those original comics came out. I love that, and I'd try to get a Stan cameo in this one, since First Class didn't have one.

That being said, I think Vaughn's idea of Magneto being behind the "magic bullet" would work well in an off-hand manner. I wouldn't want to see Magneto kill JFK or anything, but it would be interesting to see the students considering the possibility.

I definitely agree that you can't avoid the civil rights movement at the time, but I think it's also important that you don't hijack it. Use the time period, but don't abuse it. Maybe we could get Phil Sheldon (from Busiek and Ross' Marvels) to show up. It would be cool to have him frame the whole mutant issue through the civil rights era lens.

Andrew
04-27-2012, 05:33 AM
I'd stick to the '60's, I think. I'm a real sucker for the fact that, for the first time, we have a Marvel movie that takes place in the era that those original comics came out. I love that, and I'd try to get a Stan cameo in this one, since First Class didn't have one.

That being said, I think Vaughn's idea of Magneto being behind the "magic bullet" would work well in an off-hand manner. I wouldn't want to see Magneto kill JFK or anything, but it would be interesting to see the students considering the possibility.

I definitely agree that you can't avoid the civil rights movement at the time, but I think it's also important that you don't hijack it. Use the time period, but don't abuse it. Maybe we could get Phil Sheldon (from Busiek and Ross' Marvels) to show up. It would be cool to have him frame the whole mutant issue through the civil rights era lens.

Keeping it in the '60s for at least one more movie is a good idea for those reasons, in addition to the obvious factor with regards to the age of the actors. With the sequel seemingly set for a 2014 release, there's no point in having to artificially age the actors with a bunch of makeup or something by having the movie set in the 1970s yet. That can wait for another sequel a few more years down the line.

To me having the Civil War/counterculture/Vietnam War era a part of the next movie is far too appealing a proposition to pass up, anyway. And if they're going to include the obligatory Wolverine (and possibly Sabretooth) cameo, having it relate to Vietnam makes the most sense.

Ben
04-27-2012, 05:38 AM
The credit sequence for the next movie should be a photo montage set to Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A'Changin'.

Marcdachamp
04-27-2012, 05:49 AM
Keeping it in the '60s for at least one more movie is a good idea for those reasons, in addition to the obvious factor with regards to the age of the actors. With the sequel seemingly set for a 2014 release, there's no point in having to artificially age the actors with a bunch of makeup or something by having the movie set in the 1970s yet. That can wait for another sequel a few more years down the line.

To me having the Civil War/counterculture/Vietnam War era a part of the next movie is far too appealing a proposition to pass up, anyway. And if they're going to include the obligatory Wolverine (and possibly Sabretooth) cameo, having it relate to Vietnam makes the most sense.

Oh, yeah. Definitely. In fact, I like that idea. You get a Wolverine cameo and you tie it into Origins: Wolverine.

Dreg
04-27-2012, 11:46 AM
I'd stick to the '60's, I think. I'm a real sucker for the fact that, for the first time, we have a Marvel movie that takes place in the era that those original comics came out. I love that, and I'd try to get a Stan cameo in this one, since First Class didn't have one.

That being said, I think Vaughn's idea of Magneto being behind the "magic bullet" would work well in an off-hand manner. I wouldn't want to see Magneto kill JFK or anything, but it would be interesting to see the students considering the possibility.

I definitely agree that you can't avoid the civil rights movement at the time, but I think it's also important that you don't hijack it. Use the time period, but don't abuse it. Maybe we could get Phil Sheldon (from Busiek and Ross' Marvels) to show up. It would be cool to have him frame the whole mutant issue through the civil rights era lens.

I would set the third Wolverine movie in the 80's, if only for the excuse to write it as a straight up 80's action movie.

Marcdachamp
04-27-2012, 11:49 AM
I would set the third Wolverine movie in the 80's, if only for the excuse to write it as a straight up 80's action movie.

I think The Wolverine is going to be set in the '80's.

And I totally wanna see an X-Men First Class film set in the '80's, with Havok sporting his '80's look, and Dazzler looking like she did in Pryde of the X-Men/the old arcade game.

Andrew
04-27-2012, 11:50 AM
I would set the third Wolverine movie in the 80's, if only for the excuse to write it as a straight up 80's action movie.

Wasn't X-Men Origins: Wolverine just one big '80s action movie cliché?

Dreg
04-27-2012, 12:11 PM
Wasn't X-Men Origins: Wolverine just one big '80s action movie cliché?

The helicopter scene was, and it was the best part of the movie. All the rest was modern, by-the-numbers superhero movie cliches. Insert an unnecessary love interest, make the powers a curse as much as a gift, spend way too much time on the backstory, insert an unnecesary amount of cameos. Keep stacking up innocent victims for the hero to avenge, and additional reasons for him to be upset.

If it was an 80's action movie, there'd be ONE transgression against Wolverine, and the only people to pop up would be one female sidekick, and an army of bad guys for him to send to the cemetery.

Andrew
04-30-2012, 08:15 AM
Tom Rothman Offers THE WOLVERINE Production Update; Says It Will Be A "True Wolverine Movie"

The 20th Century Fox CEO updates on Hugh Jackman's next outing as The Wolverine, saying that preparation is now underway and that the character will be "berserker and badass" in the film.

After a series of delays, it appears that The Wolverine - said to be a stand alone film starring Hugh Jackman yet again as the famous Marvel Comics character - is finally beginning production this summer. Recently, it was confirmed that the film, directed by Knight And Day's James Mangold, will film in both Australia and Japan. Now, in an interview with Collider, Fox CEO Tom Rothman updates on the flick, revealing when casting begins and their current preparation. "Hugh Jackman is finishing Les Miserables in London, we're gearing up and prepping now. We'll shoot the stage work in Australia and the location work in Japan, and we'll start casting in the next month or so. There'll be a lot of local Japanese talent in it."

Additionally, Rothman discussed the story and how it's a "true Wolverine" film. "This is […] a pretty original take. It's based on a very successful run in the comics, but it's a true Wolverine movie, I mean this is the true berserker, bad ass Wolverine." The film is based on Frank Miller's successful Japanese storyline. It's additionally been confirmed that the Silver Samurai will be the villain in the movie.

The Wolverine is set to hit theaters July 26th, 2013.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/BatFreak/news/?a=58852

http://collider.com/the-wolverine-filming-japan-tom-rothman/162719/

rwsmith
04-30-2012, 08:17 AM
Yay! No emo wailing, crying Wolverine in this one. :)

HeroBoy
04-30-2012, 09:10 AM
Yay! No emo wailing, crying Wolverine in this one. :)

But can he still look up to the sky and scream "NOOOOOOO!"?

rwsmith
04-30-2012, 09:11 AM
No. Absolutely not.

HeroBoy
04-30-2012, 09:14 AM
You're crippling Movie Wolverine's catch phrase. This could be a disaster.

Dreg
04-30-2012, 09:23 AM
You're crippling Movie Wolverine's catch phrase. This could be a disaster.

Isn't his new catchphrase "Fuck off?" or "Go fuck yourselves?"

HeroBoy
04-30-2012, 09:51 AM
Isn't his new catchphrase "Fuck off?" or "Go fuck yourselves?"

I would not automatically be against a hero who yells that at every bad guy before they square off...

Marcdachamp
04-30-2012, 09:57 AM
Isn't his new catchphrase "Fuck off?" or "Go fuck yourselves?"

It's way better than "I'm the best I am at what I do."

Andrew
04-30-2012, 10:02 AM
It's way better than "I'm the best I am at what I do."

Especially since he said it in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but never actually showed us what it is he's supposedly the best at.

Ben
04-30-2012, 10:16 AM
Especially since he said it in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but never actually showed us what it is he's supposedly the best at.He's the best at what he does!! So he was showing you what he's supposedly the best at anytime he did ANYTHING!

Dreg
04-30-2012, 10:17 AM
It's way better than "I'm the best I am at what I do."

It's "I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do isn't very nice." It sounds stupid when you abridge it or paraphrase it, but it's pretty badass in its full form. I don't think I've heard it used a lot in its full form. Because, you know, it heavily suggests he kills people in less than honorable ways.

Andrew
04-30-2012, 10:22 AM
It's "I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do isn't very nice." It sounds stupid when you abridge it or paraphrase it, but it's pretty badass in its full form. I don't think I've heard it used a lot in its full form. Because, you know, it heavily suggests he kills people in less than honorable ways.

Exactly, and the movies haven't done a very good job of showing that.

Show, don't say. That's the whole point of a movie.

Brad N.
04-30-2012, 10:31 AM
Call me a comic nerd but I like his catchphrase "best there is at what I do".

Marcdachamp
04-30-2012, 10:34 AM
It's "I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do isn't very nice." It sounds stupid when you abridge it or paraphrase it, but it's pretty badass in its full form. I don't think I've heard it used a lot in its full form. Because, you know, it heavily suggests he kills people in less than honorable ways.

I was totally joking. I just really liked his FC line. :lol:

DaveCummings
04-30-2012, 10:45 AM
Isn't his new catchphrase "Fuck off?" or "Go fuck yourselves?"

I think Dick Cheney might sue to keep his rights to that catchphrase

Andrew
04-30-2012, 10:50 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBv6cH9__2c

HeroBoy
04-30-2012, 11:31 AM
It's "I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do isn't very nice." It sounds stupid when you abridge it or paraphrase it, but it's pretty badass in its full form. I don't think I've heard it used a lot in its full form. Because, you know, it heavily suggests he kills people in less than honorable ways.

Yeah, but y'know that was loner sorta-crazy logan. Who flipped out and attacked any and everything. Current, sometimes cranky but mostly loveable Logan seems weird saying it.

Come to think of it, I kinda feel Wolverine has had so many personalities, it would be hard to do a "wrong" version of him at this point; and yet X-Men Origins found a way...

Andrew
05-21-2012, 01:55 AM
Hugh Jackman Will Begin Filming THE WOLVERINE In August

Aussie actor Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) has gone to his twitter account and tweeted that filming for James Mangold's The Wolverine will begin in August.


http://cdn1.sciencefiction.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/jackman_tweet.png

Last update that we had on the film was a month ago when 20th Century Fox's CEO Tom Rothman at Las Vegas' CinemaCon said that part of The Wolverine would be filmed in Japan. More specifically location work would take place in Japan and studio work in Australia.

https://twitter.com/#!/RealHughJackman/status/203951298566033408

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=60107

Andrew
06-18-2012, 03:05 PM
Hutch Parker Joins 'The Wolverine' As Producer

EXCLUSIVE: Hutch Parker, who exited New Regency and into a producing deal at his longtime home at Fox, is becoming a producer on The Wolverine, joining Lauren Shuler Donner on the James Mangold-directed film that will have Hugh Jackman reprise his role as the title character he originated in the X-Men franchise.

Parker is very steeped in X-Men lore, as he developed and oversaw the original movies when he ran production at Fox. Among other projects he is working on at the studio is The Life List, the debut novel by Lori Nelson Spielman that Ballantine Books will publish next year. Fox 2000 optioned the book and Parker will produce via his Hutch Parker Entertainment banner.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/06/hutch-parker-joins-the-wolverine-as-producer/

Andrew
07-09-2012, 11:55 AM
Finally some casting news:


Four Actors Join The Cast Of THE WOLVERINE

Sources inside The Wolverine camp tell ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype that casting is starting to come together opposite Hugh Jackman in the 2013 summer tentpole movie. And we're psyched to hear that Fox is casting real Japanese actors in some of the key roles in the story based in Japan. The studio would not discuss details of these roles and continues to keep the plot under wraps, but it did confirm the following actors were cast and that more roles are expected to be filled shortly:

Hiroyuki Sanada ("Lost," Rush Hour 3, The Last Samurai) is set to play Shingen; veteran actor Hal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Push, Sinbad of the Seven Seas) plays Yashida; and new discoveries Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima will star as Mariko and Yukio, respectively. While none of these actors have much of a following outside of Japan, the fact that a major studio is trying to keep some authenticity in a film of this magnitude is very encouraging.

The one nugget of a storyline the studio has released is that the film is inspired by the celebrated Marvel comic book arc by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller and that The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel clashes with adamantium claws as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

And contrary to previous reports, while much of the stage work will take place in Australia, a chunk of the shoot is scheduled to happen on locations around Japan. The film is set for a July 26, 2013 release with James Mangold directing. "X-Men" mainstay Lauren Shuler Donner will produce with Hugh Jackman, John Palermo and Hutch Parker.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/uploads/wolverine-cast.jpg

http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/171581-exclusive-the-wolverine-casting-news

Matt Jay
07-09-2012, 12:03 PM
Finally some casting news:



http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/171581-exclusive-the-wolverine-casting-news

I'm strangely optimistic about this movie.

Dreg
07-09-2012, 12:06 PM
Yeah. Don't know if it needs a "mysterious figure from his past," though. Wolverine should BE the mysterious figure.

Marcdachamp
07-09-2012, 12:11 PM
I'm strangely optimistic about this movie.

I think Wolverine and X3 were a big wake-up call for Fox. I think they realize they can't screw around with this franchise anymore. After First Class, I'm feeling much more optimistic about where they're pushing this series.

Matt Jay
07-09-2012, 12:11 PM
Yeah. Don't know if it needs a "mysterious figure from his past," though. Wolverine should BE the mysterious figure.

http://universaldork.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/romulus-wolverine-23.jpg?w=420&h=656

MOAR CLAAAAAAWS!!!

Actually, I think Jackman already revealed the baddie.

http://screenrant.com/hugh-jackman-wolverine-2-villain-pauly-124738/

Andrew
07-09-2012, 12:26 PM
Yeah. Don't know if it needs a "mysterious figure from his past," though. Wolverine should BE the mysterious figure.

Wouldn't that be the Silver Samurai?

WhindamPryce
07-09-2012, 12:29 PM
Sanada and Yamanouchi :rock:

Dreg
07-09-2012, 12:31 PM
Wouldn't that be the Silver Samurai?

Yep. Still don't think he needs to be a mysterious figure from Logan's past, though. He can be a mysterious figure from Logan's present. SS is from the Yashida family, and the plot deals with Logan feuding with the Yashida family. Why muddy the waters by delving into Logan's convoluted past?

Andrew
07-09-2012, 12:50 PM
Yep. Still don't think he needs to be a mysterious figure from Logan's past, though. He can be a mysterious figure from Logan's present. SS is from the Yashida family, and the plot deals with Logan feuding with the Yashida family. Why muddy the waters by delving into Logan's convoluted past?

The movie universe isn't the same as the comics. Logan's past doesn't have to be any more complicated than they want it to be. For better or worse, they already simplified it a lot by making Sabretooth Logan's brother in the last movie.

Not to mention that it stands to reason Wolverine will be back in "I want to know who I am" mode in this movie unless they set it after the main X-Men trilogy (which is unlikely).

Dreg
07-09-2012, 01:19 PM
The movie universe isn't the same as the comics. Logan's past doesn't have to be any more complicated than they want it to be. For better or worse, they already simplified it a lot by making Sabretooth Logan's brother in the last movie.

Having Wolverine meet the Yashidas for the first time and fight the Yashidas for the first time is far less complicated than Wolverine meeting the Yashidas and then realizing that one of them has sinister ties to his past, which is certainly long in both incarnations, and tied to an entirely different country in both incarnations. No matter how they choose to tell that story, it's more convoluted, coincidental, and gimmicky than it would be if he's being introduced to these characters at the same time as the audience.

Andrew
07-09-2012, 01:35 PM
Having Wolverine meet the Yashidas for the first time and fight the Yashidas for the first time is far less complicated than Wolverine meeting the Yashidas and then realizing that one of them has sinister ties to his past, which is certainly long in both incarnations, and tied to an entirely different country in both incarnations. No matter how they choose to tell that story, it's more convoluted, coincidental, and gimmicky than it would be if he's being introduced to these characters at the same time as the audience.

The story details that leaked last year stated that the reason Logan goes to Japan is because he's approached by a man (while in Canada) who claims that there are ties to his past in Japan, so it fits with that. It's also pretty comic accurate, so I don't see where the problem lies.

Kurt Russell Crowe
07-09-2012, 02:34 PM
Is there a worse character than Romulus?

Matt Jay
07-09-2012, 02:53 PM
Is there a worse character than Romulus?
Movie Deadpool.

Andrew
07-09-2012, 07:21 PM
Will Yun Lee Cast As SILVER SAMURAI in THE WOLVERINE

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/uploads/silversam2.jpg

Will Yun Lee will star opposite Hugh Jackman as the villain in Fox's "The Wolverine" sequel, to be directed by James Mangold.
Details of Lee's Harada character are being kept under wraps Jackman recently revealed that the "Wolverine" villain would be The Silver Samurai. Harada is also the Marvel character's real name (Kenuichio Harada).

Production is scheduled to begin next month in Australia. Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee have also been cast.

Lee has completed the videogame "Sleeping Dogs" set for release in August as an undercover police officer fighting under the Square Enix banner by United Front Games. He also recently starred in the Chinese independent feature "Far Away Eyes" and is portraying the lead villain in MGM's "Red Dawn" and will appear in Sony's "Total Recall" remake and Lionsgate's 3D dance feature "Cobu 3D."

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118056370.html?cmpid=RSS|News|LatestNews&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Andrew
07-13-2012, 11:01 AM
Jessica Biel has been offered the role of Viper (a.k.a. Madame Hydra) in The Wolverine:


Jessica Biel Offered Viper In THE WOLVERINE

It's been a busy couple days for the James Mangold directed The Wolverine. Just a couple days ago word began to circulate that Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto were joining the cast. That flurry of action covered the Japanese characters in the story but left some key spots to fill.

And now a big one has dropped. Twitch has learned that Jessica Biel has been offered the role of Viper, a complex character who at one point was a peer of Logan's as well as an enemy. She was a major player in criminal organization Hydra and, in one story arc, blackmailed Logan / Wolverine into marrying her. This could be interesting.

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/07/jessica-biel-viper-wolverine.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+%28Twitch%3A +Everything%29

silverboy
07-13-2012, 11:14 AM
I'm never disappointed to see Biel in anything.

I'd be even less disappointed to see her in nothing.

If you get my drift.

I'd like her to be naked all the time.

dougmac
07-13-2012, 11:26 AM
Biel is gorgeous. I've met her a couple of times too and she is even more striking in person. It will be interesting to see how she does in this because Viper could esaily have been part of the bigger Marvel Universe. I wonder if Fox needed permission to use HYDRA and if this could be the first signs of potential crossing over or at least sharing universes between the studions.

Andrew
07-13-2012, 11:38 AM
Biel is gorgeous. I've met her a couple of times too and she is even more striking in person. It will be interesting to see how she does in this because Viper could esaily have been part of the bigger Marvel Universe. I wonder if Fox needed permission to use HYDRA and if this could be the first signs of potential crossing over or at least sharing universes between the studions.

My guess is that Viper is another grey area like Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and the Skrulls where Fox and Marvel could both use them because of their strong ties to both the Avengers and the X-Men (or the FF in the case of the Skrulls). Although Viper started out primarily as a Captain America villain, her heavy ties to Wolverine later on are likely why Fox is able to use her.

dougmac
07-13-2012, 11:40 AM
My guess is that Viper is another grey area like Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and the Skrulls where Fox and Marvel could both use them because of their strong ties to both the Avengers and the X-Men (or the FF in the case of the skrulls). Although Viper started out primarily as a Captain America villain, her heavy ties to Wolverine later on are likely why Fox is able to use her.

You're probably right, I'm just hoping for something more. The Fanboy world needs a Biel/Johansen Viper/Widow IMAX catfight

Andrew
07-13-2012, 11:45 AM
You're probably right, I'm just hoping for something more. The Fanboy world needs a Biel/Johansen Viper/Widow IMAX catfight

Even if Marvel uses her at some point, it would probably be their own interpretation of her with a new actress and all. No ties to what Fox is doing. When Kevin Feige finally cleared up the Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch situation that's the impression I got, specifically when he said that Fox could use them with no references to the Avengers and Marvel could use them with no references to them being Magneto's children. In that scenario what we would probably get are two completely different interpretations of the same characters in different (competing) universes. The same would likewise apply to the Skrulls, and possibly to Viper if she is another of those grey area characters.

It would be kind of interesting to see alternate interpretations of these characters between movie studios, actually.

Spidey616
07-13-2012, 06:59 PM
I can dig it :cool:

Andrew
07-18-2012, 10:30 AM
Jessica Biel No Longer Involved in James Mangold's THE WOLVERINE

A few days ago we reported Jessica Biel had been offered the role of Viper in director James Mangold’s (Walk the Line) The Wolverine. However, sources have informed us that talks have broken down between Biel and 20th Century Fox and the studio is now talking to other actresses. With production on The Wolverine set to begin next month in Australia and on location in Japan, you can expect a lot more casting news in the coming weeks. Hit the jump for what we know so far about the film.

As Dave reported, recent casting additions have included a number of Japanese actors in pivotal roles (Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi , Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima).

The Wolverine will reportedly follow the comic book arc from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in which Wolverine/Logan finds himself as an outsider in Japan. Sanada will play Shingen, a character created by Claremont and Miller, who was a Yakuza crime boss and antagonist to Wolverine. Yamanouchi is reportedly playing a character called Yashida, who may be the head of the Yashida clan to which Shingen belonged. Okamoto will star as Mariko, daughter of Shingen and one-time fiancee to Wolverine. Fukushima is set to play Yukio, one of the deadliest assassins in Shingen’s clan. If the script plays out along the lines of the comic, audiences will be in for a lot of heartbreak, betrayal and dishonor to go along with adamantium claws and mutant healing factor. Sounds like a winning combination.

Getting back to the role of Viper, or Madame Hydra, is said to be of Eastern European descent. The character’s association with Wolverine is complex, involving a forced marriage through blackmail, mortal wounds due to spirit possession and, believe it or not, even actual emotional attachment. This arc would fit in well with the web of betrayal and heartbreak laid out by the other characters in Claremont/Miller story.

The Wolverine is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013.

http://collider.com/jessica-biel-the-wolverine/181737/

Andrew
07-18-2012, 12:21 PM
I wasn't exactly enthusiastic about her as a casting choice in the first place, so I have no problem with them going for someone else.

dougmac
07-18-2012, 01:03 PM
It was weird that she denied it at comicon, now I guess we know why

majorjoe23
07-18-2012, 02:02 PM
But what will I do with all my faps?

ThisSpaceForRent
07-18-2012, 02:43 PM
I wasn't exactly enthusiastic about her as a casting choice in the first place, so I have no problem with them going for someone else.

I was actually pretty disappointed when they cast her for this. I think she's pretty, but I've never seen her pull of a role successfully. She's a block of wood. Pretty psyched that she's off of the movie.

Andrew
07-18-2012, 03:00 PM
I was actually pretty disappointed when they cast her for this. I think she's pretty, but I've never seen her pull of a role successfully. She's a block of wood. Pretty psyched that she's off of the movie.

Assuming that they want a "name" actress for the part, I'd much prefer it if they went for her Total Recall co-star, Kate Beckinsale. :)

Slewo.O
07-18-2012, 03:03 PM
What's with all the Japanese actors? Set it in Neo-Tokyo and get some white actors work! :no:

capntightpants
07-18-2012, 03:07 PM
I was actually pretty disappointed when they cast her for this. I think she's pretty, but I've never seen her pull of a role successfully. She's a block of wood. Pretty psyched that she's off of the movie.

A sexy block of wood.

Andrew
07-19-2012, 12:10 PM
20th Century Fox In Talks With Svetlana Khodchenkova For Viper In THE WOLVERINE

Jessica Biel, we hardly knew you.

With talks between 20th Century Fox and Jessica Biel for the part of Viper in James Mangold's The Wolverine breaking down it has taken hardly any time at all for the studio to move along. And while the actress they have settled on is far less well known in the west, she is certainly far more in line with the origins of the Viper character as laid out in the comic books.

Twitch has learned that Fox is currently in talks with Svetlana Khodchenkova for the part and are expected to close the deal quickly. The twenty nine year old Russian actress has done most of her work in Russia to this point but may be familiar to some western audiences thanks to her part in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Viper, who has a long and complex relationship with Wolverine through the comics - at one point she blackmails him into marrying her - is presented in the source comics as coming from an unspecified Eastern European country.

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/07/breaking-20th-century-fox-in-talks-with-svetlana-khodchenkova-for-viper-in-the-wolverine.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+%28Twitch%3A +Everything%29

Andrew
07-24-2012, 01:26 AM
News of a WW2 POW camp set being built for The Wolverine:


Hollywood and Hugh Jackman - at Kurnell?

The star himself might not be on the scene, but one of the sets for Hugh Jackman's next Wolverine flick is already under construction at Kurnell.

Neighbouring residents were notified by the production company, 20th Century Fox, that Bonna Point Reserve would be temporarily occupied to make way for a World War II prisoner of war camp set (pictured under construction).


http://static.lifeislocal.com.au/multimedia/images/full/2007684.jpg

Scenes for the film will be shot in two days between Monday, July 30 and Thursday, August 2.

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/entertainment/hollywood-and-hugh-jackman-at-kurnell/2625607.aspx

Marcdachamp
07-24-2012, 04:50 AM
That's interesting. I've never read the original mini, what does that relate to?

BriRedfern
07-24-2012, 05:16 AM
That's interesting. I've never read the original mini, what does that relate to?

Nothing from the original mini that I can think of. It was set entirely in "present day" I think.

Dreg
07-24-2012, 05:19 AM
Wolverine does have some history in Japan during WWII, though, as the X-Men issue with Captain America has shown. Also, if they're taking elements from the Wolverine and Kitty Pryde mini set in Japan, it's around this time that he met his sensei Ogun, I think. It was while he was still with the military.

Marcdachamp
07-24-2012, 05:21 AM
Wolverine does have some history in Japan during WWII, though, as the X-Men issue with Captain America has shown. Also, if they're taking elements from the Wolverine and Kitty Pryde mini set in Japan, it's around this time that he met his sensei Ogun, I think. It was while he was still with the military.

Hmmm... okay. Interesting. I'm gonna assume they'll be mostly adapting the main mini and the Wolverine/Rogue Silver Samurai arc, but that's probably it, right there. Might explain how he ends up in Japan after the last movie, too.

BriRedfern
07-24-2012, 05:29 AM
Hmmm... okay. Interesting. I'm gonna assume they'll be mostly adapting the main mini and the Wolverine/Rogue Silver Samurai arc, but that's probably it, right there. Might explain how he ends up in Japan after the last movie, too.

Wlovierine/Kitty Pride mini is pretty tied to the original Wolverine mini in a lot of ways if I recall correctly.

Marcdachamp
07-24-2012, 05:39 AM
Wlovierine/Kitty Pride mini is pretty tied to the original Wolverine mini in a lot of ways if I recall correctly.

I really need to read that stuff before the movie comes out. The Claremont/Paul Smith SS arc is a favorite of mine, though. It's actually probably Claremont at his least verbose, too. He really let Smith handle the action.

BriRedfern
07-24-2012, 07:19 AM
What is the Rogue/SS arc? Did that take place in Uncanny back in the day? It is not ringing any bells for me.

Marcdachamp
07-24-2012, 07:22 AM
What is the Rogue/SS arc? Did that take place in Uncanny back in the day? It is not ringing any bells for me.

In the '80's, Claremont and Paul Smith did a follow-up to the Claremont/Miller mini series over in Uncanny X-Men. This pit Wolverine and Rogue against Viper and Silver Samurai (for the first time, if I remember correctly). It's been a while, but I'm pretty sure the rest of the team was poisoned, leaving only Logan and Rogue to save the day. At the time, Rogue was a new member, and very untrusted, so this was kind of the way she proved herself to the team. Great comics. It was like a two or three parter.

Andrew
07-24-2012, 10:27 AM
Higher-resolution version of the concept art poster:

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/7821/thewolverineteaserposte.jpg

Ben
07-24-2012, 10:32 AM
Those watermarks should be easy to photoshop out...

Marcdachamp
07-24-2012, 10:43 AM
Higher-resolution version of the concept art poster:

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/7821/thewolverineteaserposte.jpg

That's a great poster.

Andrew
07-24-2012, 10:50 AM
That's a great poster.

Yeah, it is.

As for the WW2 POW camp set they're building, my guess is that it relates to Logan's ties to WW2-era Japan. Chris Claremont, Brian K. Vaughan, and Daniel Way have all explored these ties at various points throughout the years. It would fit in quite nicely with Mangold's statement about them exploring Logan's immortality and how that would really affect the human (mutant) psyche.

Andrew
07-24-2012, 12:29 PM
Some very interesting set photos:

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20007.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20006.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20013.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20001.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20019.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20015.jpg

Matt Jay
07-24-2012, 12:39 PM
Very excited to see Wolverine slice up some Nazis.

Taxman
07-25-2012, 11:13 AM
‘The Wolverine’ Set To Shoot As Questions Linger Over Who Will Play Viper (http://www.deadline.com/2012/07/wolverine-movie-australia-production-budget-fox/)

BriRedfern
07-25-2012, 12:45 PM
Very excited to see Wolverine slice up some Nazis.

If there are more nazis in this movie than Captain America, Andrew is going to plotz.

Dreg
07-25-2012, 12:53 PM
I have a feeling Ogun's going to play a Ra'as Al Ghul style role in this movie.

rwsmith
07-25-2012, 03:31 PM
Some very interesting set photos:

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20007.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20006.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20013.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20001.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20019.jpg

http://if.com.au/image/Wolverine%20015.jpg

Wait...is that the Jean Grey School logo on the floor of the fourth picture!? Could this be taking place after X3? And possibly with Wolverine running the school at that (with Storm I'm sure)?

BriRedfern
07-25-2012, 03:57 PM
Wait...is that the Jean Grey School logo on the floor of the fourth picture!? Could this be taking place after X3? And possibly with Wolverine running the school at that (with Storm I'm sure)?

Huh. Definitely looks like a J G

Ben
07-25-2012, 04:56 PM
That would be interesting...

Marcdachamp
07-26-2012, 05:08 AM
Wait...is that the Jean Grey School logo on the floor of the fourth picture!? Could this be taking place after X3? And possibly with Wolverine running the school at that (with Storm I'm sure)?

Whoa, nice catch. Huh. That's interesting...

Andrew
07-26-2012, 06:19 AM
Wait...is that the Jean Grey School logo on the floor of the fourth picture!? Could this be taking place after X3? And possibly with Wolverine running the school at that (with Storm I'm sure)?

There's been absolutely no indication of when this would take place, time-wise, but that would certainly make sense given Mangold's statements about them exploring Logan's relationship with immortality. If this were taking place right after the Weapon X story, it would be kind of weird to explore that considering at that point the guy is an amnesiac with no idea of how old he is or the fact that he doesn't age.

SighClops
07-26-2012, 07:46 AM
There's been absolutely no indication of when this would take place, time-wise, but that would certainly make sense given Mangold's statements about them exploring Logan's relationship with immortality. If this were taking place right after the Weapon X story, it would be kind of weird to explore that considering at that point the guy is an amnesiac with no idea of how old he is or the fact that he doesn't age.

Maybe a mix of present and past, like scenes of him running the Jean Grey school interspersed with his time in Japan. Or maybe Japan is the meat of the story, and him at the school will bookend it.

Marcdachamp
07-26-2012, 07:48 AM
Maybe a mix of present and past, like scenes of him running the Jean Grey school interspersed with his time in Japan. Or maybe Japan is the meat of the story, and him at the school will bookend it.

I'd be very okay with that. In fact, I find it kind of funny that the X-Men left at the end of X3 are pretty much identical to the cast of Wolverine and the X-Men: Beast, Ice Man, Kitty, Angel and Logan.

SighClops
07-26-2012, 08:39 AM
I'd be very okay with that. In fact, I find it kind of funny that the X-Men left at the end of X3 are pretty much identical to the cast of Wolverine and the X-Men: Beast, Ice Man, Kitty, Angel and Logan.

If they do go that route, I wonder if they'll try to get any of those actors back. Honestly, I'd love to see Kelsey Grammar back as Beast since I feel that that was one of the few things in X3 that they got right.

Marcdachamp
07-26-2012, 09:11 AM
If they do go that route, I wonder if they'll try to get any of those actors back. Honestly, I'd love to see Kelsey Grammar back as Beast since I feel that that was one of the few things in X3 that they got right.

I've said this many times, but I'd love the actor who played Ice Man back. As for Grammar, I'd be fine with him or with the kid who plays him in First Class just being given the "older" Beast look.

And yeah, give us Ellen page back, too.

Andrew
07-26-2012, 09:46 AM
You guys are asking for way too much. Fox won't pay to get all those actors back for what would amount to no more than 30-second cameos at the end of the movie. This is going to be a solo story about Logan's plight (and history) in Japan. You're not going to see them throw in the whole cast left at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand unless they have concrete plans to segueway into an X4 in a few years, which I doubt will happen while the First Class series is going on.

Marcdachamp
07-26-2012, 09:50 AM
You guys are asking for way too much. Fox won't pay to get all those actors back for what would amount to no more than 30-second cameos at the end of the movie. This is going to be a solo story about Logan's plight (and history) in Japan. You're not going to see them throw in the whole cast left at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand unless they have concrete plans to segueway into an X4 in a few years, which I doubt will happen while the First Class series is going on.

I'm talking if they push forward using The Wolverine as a starting point. As in, a sequel to this. If they are using post-X3 as a starting point for this film, I wouldn't mind seeing Shawn Ashmore or someone from the original trilogy show up in a cameo, though.

rwsmith
07-26-2012, 09:51 AM
Yeah, if they do throw some cameos in of other X-men characters in the present day (or if this movie is set entirely in the present day as opposed to the past) then I'm betting they'll just recast most everybody except for Wolverine. That's what they're most likely to do with an X4 anyway so might as well bite the bullet and do it now.

Andrew
07-26-2012, 09:55 AM
I'm talking if they push forward using The Wolverine as a starting point. As in, a sequel to this. If they are using post-X3 as a starting point for this film, I wouldn't mind seeing Shawn Ashmore or someone from the original trilogy show up in a cameo, though.

The more I think of it, the more I get the feeling that The Wolverine is going to be a big question mark in terms of where it fits in the (already problematic) movie timeline. I highly doubt that we will see any other characters from previous X-Men movies. I believe that this will genuinely be a standalone solo flick with no easily identifiable place in the timeline. I could be wrong, but that's the sense I'm getting from all the statements I've read about the movie. And at the end of the day, I don't really care where it fits as long as it's a good movie.

rwsmith
07-26-2012, 10:00 AM
I thought that as well, but that sure looks like the Jean Grey School logo on the floor in that image...and that would only make sense after X3. But as someone else stated, perhaps it jumps back and forth and most of the Japan stuff is flashbacks. Or perhaps there's some flashbacks (e.g., WWII) but the bulk of it does indeed take place in modern day Japan. I don't really care whether it's set in the past or the present, as they can make it work either way. Like you, Andrew, I'm just hoping it's a good film...

...and also hoping to see some version of the brown and tan costume debut in this as well. But that's just the 80s Wolverine fanboy in me.

Marcdachamp
07-26-2012, 10:01 AM
I thought that as well, but that sure looks like the Jean Grey School logo on the floor in that image...and that would only make sense after X3. But as someone else stated, perhaps it jumps back and forth and most of the Japan stuff is flashbacks. Or perhaps there's some flashbacks (e.g., WWII) but the bulk of it does indeed take place in modern day Japan. I don't really care whether it's set in the past or the present, as they can make it work either way. Like you, Andrew, I'm just hoping it's a good film...

...and also hoping to see some version of the brown and tan costume debut in this as well. But that's just the 80s Wolverine fanboy in me.

I agree with ALLLLLLLL of this.

But if we do get a cameo, I don't want them to recast.

Andrew
07-26-2012, 10:03 AM
I thought that as well, but that sure looks like the Jean Grey School logo on the floor in that image...and that would only make sense after X3. But as someone else stated, perhaps it jumps back and forth and most of the Japan stuff is flashbacks. Or perhaps there's some flashbacks (e.g., WWII) but the bulk of it does indeed take place in modern day Japan. I don't really care whether it's set in the past or the present, as they can make it work either way. Like you, Andrew, I'm just hoping it's a good film...

...and also hoping to see some version of the brown and tan costume debut in this as well. But that's just the 80s Wolverine fanboy in me.

And on that note, today is July 26th, so we're exactly one year away from the release of this movie. :rock:

SighClops
07-26-2012, 10:05 AM
You guys are asking for way too much. Fox won't pay to get all those actors back for what would amount to no more than 30-second cameos at the end of the movie. This is going to be a solo story about Logan's plight (and history) in Japan. You're not going to see them throw in the whole cast left at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand unless they have concrete plans to segueway into an X4 in a few years, which I doubt will happen while the First Class series is going on.

While you're probably right about most of the actors, I feel like Shawn Ashmore would come back at the drop of a hat.

Dreg
07-26-2012, 10:06 AM
I'm hoping the Jean Gray school is only used as an epilogue to the movie.

Marcdachamp
07-26-2012, 10:07 AM
While you're probably right about most of the actors, I feel like Shawn Ashmore would come back at the drop of a hat.

And he'd be one of the more ideal people to do so. No make-up (Unlike Grammar), he has his powers (unlike Rogue), he's not reviled by most fans (Unlike Halle Berry) and he showed up in all 3 X-Men movies before the prequels (unlike Angel).

If they give us the Jean Grey school in a scene that takes place after X3, give us Ashmore!

Andrew
07-26-2012, 10:16 AM
While you're probably right about most of the actors, I feel like Shawn Ashmore would come back at the drop of a hat.

I'm sure he could use the paycheck. ;)

Andrew
07-29-2012, 05:43 PM
EXCLUSIVE: Opening Scene Details For THE WOLVERINE; Plus 2 New Set Photos

New details about the opening scene of Hugh Jackman's The Wolverine hints at another villain being in the film. The movie will not only borrow elements from Frank Miller's "Japan Saga," but also from Brian K Vaughan's three-part series, Wolverine: Logan.

My source has provided ComicBookMovie with the two new set photos and details about an explosive opening scene.

http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/20773/wolvieone9959.jpg

My source has explained that this model is of a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. This is all part of the opening scene that will feature an atomic bomb exploding!

We saw a blurrier version of this model a few days ago (Link) alongside some concept that art that also appears to show a massive explosion from an atomic bomb.

This would indicated that The Wolverine will not only incorporate the the Silver Samurai, but also another mutant villain, Lt. Ethan Warren. The character was featured in Brian K Vaughan's mini-series, Wolverine: Logan.


Lt. Ethan Warren - Was a POW with Wolverine in Japan during World War II. They teamed up to escape and found a Japanese woman in the woods. Warran wanted to kill her, but Logan threatens to kill him if he does. They part company and Logan spends time with the lady, finding she would not have harmed them. Warren reappears and shoots Logan, and tries to rape the woman. She grabs a sword and attacks him, but Warren manages to stab her with his bayonet. Logan recovers from his wound and attacks Warren. They each discover the other is a mutant, incapable of being killed. Then a plane drops a nuclear bomb on them.

http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/20773/powwarrenwolvie99.jpg


In the present, Warren, now a flaming skeleton man, finds Wolverine in Japan and attacks him. After some fighting, Warren rips out Wolverine's heart and eats it, restoring his human appearance. Wolverine stands up and continues the fight, shocking Warren, who tries to kill Logan with searing energy blast. Logan is unfazed and advances. Warren begs for mercy, but Logan kills him, then passes out. - Marvel Wiki

Now here comes the fun bit of speculating. Will we see the mutated fiery version of Lt. Ethan Warren in the conclusion of The Wolverine or will that will be held off for a sequel? Chime in below, and also take a look at a second set photo.

http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/20773/wolvie5993b.jpg

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=64758

Andrew
07-29-2012, 05:43 PM
Oh, The Zevad is not going to be happy. :lol:

The Zevad
07-29-2012, 05:56 PM
AAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!


Fuck you Wolverine!!!!!!!!

Fuck you!!!



FUCK YOU AND YOUR OVERPOWERED HEALING FACTOR!


EDIT:


Oh, The Zevad is not going to be happy. :lol:

Just noticed your post.





You were right.

Andrew
07-29-2012, 06:10 PM
It's pretty obvious now that the intention was never to just do a straight adaptation of the Claremont/Miller 1982 mini-series, but rather an amalgamation of Logan's entire history in Japan. So we're getting a mix of 3 or 4 big stories here. The only thing I'm certain that they'll leave out is the existence of Daken.

The Zevad
07-29-2012, 06:35 PM
It's pretty obvious now that the intention was never to just do a straight adaptation of the Claremont/Miller 1982 mini-series, but rather an amalgamation of Logan's entire history in Japan. So we're getting a mix of 3 or 4 big stories here. The only thing I'm certain that they'll leave out is the existence of Daken.

Actually if they put Daken in that would make the movie tolerable to me.

Andrew
07-29-2012, 06:49 PM
Actually if they put Daken in that would make the movie tolerable to me.

Maybe a hint at the end for the sequel, if they do another one? I guess it depends entirely on how well this one does and how long Hugh Jackman wants to keep going.

Though my personal hope for a 3rd solo movie would be the Department H and Alpha Flight stuff.

Marcdachamp
07-30-2012, 05:25 AM
I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this movie. :lol:

I'm really hoping we get a good Wolverine flick, but I'm worried this is going to get bogged down in doing too much. It just seems like there's a LOT going on, here. The Jean Grey school thing seems like a very interesting way of ending or bookending the flick, but this World War II stuff might be a bit much.

Here's my hope: we start modern day, with Logan as headmaster at the school. He's being haunted by vague memories of time he spent in Japan, during WWII. Finally, this prompts him to go back, where he encounters Shingen and Silver Samurai.

Keep it simple, Fox.

Matt Jay
07-30-2012, 05:30 AM
I think it'd be pretty cool for him to wear his comic book outfit. The X-Force one would be ideal. It wouldn't seem out of place if he's fighting ninjas and samurais wearing masks.

Marcdachamp
07-30-2012, 05:31 AM
I think it'd be pretty cool for him to wear his comic book outfit. The X-Force one would be ideal. It wouldn't seem out of place if he's fighting ninjas and samurais wearing masks.

Yep. I've been saying this all along. Keep it secret, and bust it out for the final act. The audience would go nuts.

Ben
07-30-2012, 05:37 AM
I'm embarrassed to say I had a dream about the beginning of this movie last night. It was full of cameos.

Dreg
07-30-2012, 07:02 AM
Logan surviving a nuclear blast could be both dramatic and plausible if they put him a little further away from the impact zone. Closer to where actual people survived the damage.

rwsmith
07-30-2012, 08:18 AM
I think it'd be pretty cool for him to wear his comic book outfit. The X-Force one would be ideal. It wouldn't seem out of place if he's fighting ninjas and samurais wearing masks.

I'd like to see him in costume as well, but for this movie it has to be the brown and tan one. Or at least some modified version of it. Just take the current X-Force one and make the black parts brown and the gray/silver parts tan.

Then, when they finally do an X4 they can tweak it and make it black so that all the X-men can have matching suits (but more costume like this time and less leather biker suit like). I'm thinking black and gray with different colored accents (e.g., white for Storm, red for Colossus, green for Rogue, yellow or blue for Wolverine, etc.).

Just my $.02.

BriRedfern
07-30-2012, 09:07 AM
If they have him in costume, the mask fins should be 90% CGI so as to not look like total douchebag flavored ass.

The Zevad
07-30-2012, 09:22 AM
Logan surviving a nuclear blast could be both dramatic and plausible if they put him a little further away from the impact zone. Closer to where actual people survived the damage.

That would make sense. So FOX would probaby put him at the epicenter of the blast and we'll see him regrow from his one damaged testicle that survived.


FUCK YOU WOLVERINE!!!!!!! FUCK YOU TOO MOVIE WOLVERINE!

Andrew
07-30-2012, 09:55 AM
I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this movie. :lol:

I'm really hoping we get a good Wolverine flick, but I'm worried this is going to get bogged down in doing too much. It just seems like there's a LOT going on, here. The Jean Grey school thing seems like a very interesting way of ending or bookending the flick, but this World War II stuff might be a bit much.

Here's my hope: we start modern day, with Logan as headmaster at the school. He's being haunted by vague memories of time he spent in Japan, during WWII. Finally, this prompts him to go back, where he encounters Shingen and Silver Samurai.

Keep it simple, Fox.

We have no way of knowing how much the script has changed since James Mangold was brought on to direct, but you may recall the leaked script details from a while back said that Logan gets in trouble in Canada and is visited by a man while in prison who claims he can help him find out more about his past by taking him to Japan.

The Jean Grey school idea is probably just wishful thinking. I would be shocked if that logo in those leaked set photos was anything more than a funny coincidence.

As for keeping the story simple, this appears to be the Japanese 'saga' rather than just one storyline. It's an amalgamation of a few different storylines. As long as they don't cram in any more and have done it in a cohesive, linear manner that makes sense, it'll be fine.

Marcdachamp
07-30-2012, 10:02 AM
We have no way of knowing how much the script has changed since James Mangold was brought on to direct, but you may recall the leaked script details from a while back said that Logan gets in trouble in Canada and is visited by a man while in prison who claims he can help him find out more about his past by taking him to Japan.

The Jean Grey school idea is probably just wishful thinking. I would be shocked if that logo in those leaked set photos was anything more than a funny coincidence.

As for keeping the story simple, this appears to be the Japanese 'saga' rather than just one storyline. It's an amalgamation of a few different storylines. As long as they don't cram in any more and have done it in a cohesive, linear manner that makes sense, it'll be fine.

We shall see, I suppose. I hope Fox has learned with First Class, but they crammed a LOT into the last Wolverine movie. I hope they're not reverting to form.

Again, I would NOT mind the Jean Grey School showing up. That would have to be a VERY big coincidence, or an intentional red herring.

bachman
07-30-2012, 10:08 AM
I'm embarrassed to say I had a dream about the beginning of this movie last night. It was full of cameos.

After the cameos, it was just a replay of the scene with naked Hugh Jackman bursting out of the water, wasn't it?

Andrew
07-30-2012, 10:15 AM
We shall see, I suppose. I hope Fox has learned with First Class, but they crammed a LOT into the last Wolverine movie. I hope they're not reverting to form.

Again, I would NOT mind the Jean Grey School showing up. That would have to be a VERY big coincidence, or an intentional red herring.

Or maybe it's a symbol from Japanese tradition that none of us are aware of. With the leaked set photos and concept art depicting the Japanese WW2 POW camp, it looks like they're doing their homework when it comes to historic authenticity.

And remember, they crammed a lot into First Class. More than I would have, personally, and yet they made it work so well. Which just goes to show that as long as you have a great script and a director who knows what they're doing (neither of which X-Men Origins: Wolverine had, by the way), it'll be alright.

That said, yes, I'm hoping for the best with this one. Cautious optimism. We need a good Wolverine solo movie and Hugh Jackman deserves it after all this time.

Marcdachamp
07-30-2012, 10:19 AM
Or maybe it's a symbol from Japanese tradition that none of us are aware of. With the leaked set photos and concept art depicting the Japanese WW2 POW camp, it looks like they're doing their homework when it comes to historic authenticity.

And remember, they crammed a lot into First Class. More than I would have, personally, and yet they made it work so well. Which just goes to show that as long as you have a great script and a director who knows what they're doing (neither of which X-Men Origins: Wolverine had, by the way), it'll be alright.

That said, yes, I'm hoping for the best with this one. Cautious optimism. We need a good Wolverine solo movie and Hugh Jackman deserves it after all this time.

Amen to that. Especially since it's the one he's wanted to do.

Pat Shatner
07-30-2012, 12:32 PM
First video from the set.


http://youtu.be/ydQxfHcnZto

Andrew
08-01-2012, 05:05 AM
Brief Details of Alaskan Scenes for Hugh Jackman's THE WOLVERINE

Earlier today the Illawarra Mercury had spoken with with a member of the Wollondilly Shire Council that confirmed The Wolverine would be filming at an old hardware shop and Wollondilly Shire Hall. Streets will be shutdown beginning at noon on Thursday til 6am Saturday. The spokeswoman did not provide any details.

Southern Highland News is relaying news from Wollondilly Advertiser's reporter Michael Cox who has learned that snow is being trucked in to the town and will be scattered upon rooftops and roads. The set will be made to resemble snow covered Alaska.

I've been told by my source that Hugh Jackman will be filming scenes in which his character, Logan, heads into a small Alaskan town and purchases goods from a store that sells camping gear. Logan will also have scenes that take place in the front and back of a local bar.

I also did some digging and came across this message on the Wollondilly Library's facebook page.


Finally! A literary character is coming to Picton, Wolverine no less…Oh who am I kidding, Hugh Jackman is coming to Picton!!! Scenes from 'The Wolverine' film are being shot right here in front of the Library building from the 2nd to 4th August. We are expecting that the urge to visit the library will be HUGH.


http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6149/5941687528_10c4d82191.jpg

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=64900

Andrew
08-01-2012, 11:00 PM
Wolverine stakes out the shire

Hugh Jackman took time from his busy Wolverine schedule this morning to thank Sutherland Shire for allowing the production company, 20th Century Fox, to shoot scenes for the blockbuster film at Bonna Point Reserve, Kurnell. The actor, who was dressed and made up as his character Logan, personally thanked mayor Carol Provan and the council for letting them close the site to create a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Jackman said he was keen to check out some of the other shire sights and take his son to visit Captain Cook's Landing Place and Cape Solander, Kurnell.

"It's a beautiful spot here," Jackman told the Leader. "This is the first time I've been to Kurnell and the location is great." The friendly actor said the downside of playing a comic-book character was his daily two-hour gym sessions. "Yesterday I was up at half past three and this morning I was up at quarter to five," Jackman said. "They got to do some shots without me this morning, so I got a bit of a sleep in." This is the second and final day of shooting on-site at Kurnell. Production for the film will continue around Sydney and a few weeks in Japan before it wraps up mid-November.


http://static.lifeislocal.com.au/multimedia/images/full/2037988.jpg

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http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/wolverine-stakes-out-the-shire/2642473.aspx

Andrew
08-02-2012, 09:15 AM
More set photos featuring the return of Logan and a closer look at the WW2 Japanese POW camp:

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/6941/676446filmingthewolveri.jpg

http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3145/679460filmingthewolveri.jpg

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http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/1127/768087hughjackman.jpg

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/294/681040filmingthewolveri.jpg

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/6766/680172filmingthewolveri.jpg

http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/654/680575filmingthewolveri.jpg

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Marcdachamp
08-02-2012, 09:18 AM
Those sets are really impressive. Very nice.

Dreg
08-02-2012, 09:19 AM
Wonder if they'll recycle some of Mark Millar's concentration camp story for the POW camp scenes. Wolverine getting into his captors' heads and stuff.

Marcdachamp
08-02-2012, 09:23 AM
Wonder if they'll recycle some of Mark Millar's concentration camp story for the POW camp scenes. Wolverine getting into his captors' heads and stuff.

I would fucking LOVE that. That's such a good story.

The Zevad
08-02-2012, 09:23 AM
I know I'm going to watch this movie. I know it. But I just wonder how bat shit insane I'll go when I see him survive a nuclear blast.


This should be fun. :crazy::lol:

Andrew
08-02-2012, 09:56 AM
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/294/681040filmingthewolveri.jpg

This shot is great. It looks like something out of a zombie movie. Just goes to show how terrible a place a POW camp would be.

Ben
08-02-2012, 10:02 AM
Wow, the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters looks like a rough place!!

capntightpants
08-02-2012, 10:03 AM
Wow, the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters looks like a rough place!!

:lol:

Andrew
08-03-2012, 04:30 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Hugh Jackman Looking Grizzly On "Yukon" Set Of THE WOLVERINE

ComicBookMovie.com has the first look at Hugh Jackman sporting long unkempt hair, and a raggedy beard for his role of Logan in The Wolverine. Also, check out set photos of Picton covered in fake snow so that it resembles a small town in the Canadian Rockies.

The other day I was informed by my source that Hugh Jackman's character Wolverine/Logan will be headed into town to buy camping gear. As you can see in the set photos below an old hardware shop in Picton has been converted into a hiking/camping shop. Also, a bar will be featured in the movie, that is why you will see a mural of a moose promoting "Ed's Bar."

Why is this important? What does it mean? Well a savvy CBM user pointed out that this could be scenes emulating the beginning of Frank Miller's "Japanese Saga" in "Wolverine #1." In that version of the tale Wolverine/Logan is seen in the Canadian Rockies pursuing a man-eating grizzly bear. During the eventual confrontation Wolverine notices that the bear has an arrow lodged in its back. A closer examination reveals that the tip of the arrow had traces of poison and is the cause of the bear's erratic behavior.

Wolverine then seeks out the hunter responsible by picking up his scent at the bear's cave. That leads him to a local pub, "Josie's Bar 'N' Grill," where Wolverine identifies the hunter and a one-sided fight incurs.

http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/20773/wolverine6868.jpg


Jackman appeared shortly after 11am to the sound of Ted Nugent’s epic Cat Scratch Fever. The star emerged through the doors of the town’s old hardware store as a group of hunters loaded their pick-up truck with bags and rifles, while drinking beer and revving each other up. Then he did it again ... and again. The scene was shot half-a-dozen times and the hype grew as people climbed on rooftops to catch a glimpse of Jackman.

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https://instagr.am/p/N2cgBgDRYx/media/?size=l

http://images.whereilive.com.au/images/uploads/gallery/2012/08/03/f165c9c10d113d78f2c7f34cdaaf92b7_resized.jpg

More at the link: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=65046

Ben
08-03-2012, 04:33 AM
I never heard of a Yukon, Japan. What is going on?!!!

Andrew
08-04-2012, 03:50 AM
http://www.usmagazine.com/uploads/assets/articles/54834-ack-hugh-jackman-has-long-scraggly-hair-and-beard-on-x-men-set-/1344022123_hugh-jackman-lg.jpg

dougmac
08-04-2012, 06:53 AM
his healing factor isn't slowing down the aging process as much as it used to.

Jason California
08-04-2012, 07:11 AM
I never heard of a Yukon, Japan. What is going on?!!!

It is one of those places that only exists in the marvel universe, Ben.

SAVETHEB
08-04-2012, 08:25 AM
his healing factor isn't slowing down the aging process as much as it used to.

This is real life! Not some dang movie, dingus!

Dreg
08-04-2012, 08:27 AM
It's Roughhouse!

The Human Target
08-04-2012, 09:01 AM
Wolverine looks way cooler when he's channeling Rob Zombie.

A.Huerta
08-04-2012, 09:25 AM
Keep the hair but shave the beard and they'd have a better looking version of Wolverine.

majorjoe23
08-04-2012, 10:21 AM
Keep the hair but shave the beard and they'd have a better looking version of Wolverine.

Or 1994 Eddie Veddar.

Scaramouche
08-04-2012, 05:09 PM
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3145/679460filmingthewolveri.jpg
Oh dear...

Andrew
08-10-2012, 10:08 PM
his healing factor isn't slowing down the aging process as much as it used to.

Even with his slowed aging, Wolverine should look like a guy who's been through tough times.

Andrew
08-13-2012, 06:20 AM
Hugh Jackman confirms that 'The Wolverine' is standalone film and not a sequel; won't be 'overloaded' with mutants

FILMING is now underway in Australia on The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman's second solo adventure as the metal-laced antihero.

It's based largely on a comic book series in which the character travels to Japan and finds his claws clashing with samurai swords after he begins a forbidden romance.

As has been hinted several times during the long journey towards production getting underway, it will not directly connect with 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Jackman told Total Film magazine: "We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture.

"With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic."

And in what must be seen as an acknowledgement of the unnecessary characters added to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Jackman adds: "The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."

Of course, film fans know only too well that a strong story is essential for any movie rather than treating this simply as a cash-generating franchise in which fans, audiences and critics will accept any and all offerings regardless of quality. And Jackman has at last taken that on board.

On the approach taken to The Wolverine, he says: "I talked to Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks Animation CEO and producer of Jackman's upcoming Rise of the Guardians) about Wolverine and that franchise.

"He was relating to his experiences on Shrek and said it's really got to do with the strength of the idea - the concept of why that film exists must be strong, you can't assume that the brand will bring people along.

"So we went to Christopher McQuarrie, who was involved in X-Men and The Usual Suspects. He's a brilliant writer and he came up with a concept that was just phenomenal. I rang Jeffrey and he went 'Great, now you have a good idea, just go for it.'"

Those following news on The Wolverine will recall various setbacks including Darren Aronofsky leaving as director and the effect of Japan's earthquake and tsunami on the shooting schedule.

Jackman admits it hasn't been easy getting cameras to start rolling on The Wolverine.

He said: "I'm just really glad it's happening. For a while it's felt like a rocky ride. I think it's the best idea we've had, the strongest script we've had and that now we really have an opportunity to make something really great.

"I've been waiting for it so long now", he added, and then joked: "I think half the material in my one-man show is about the wait for The Wolverine!"

The Wolverine is released on July 26, 2013.

http://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net/thegeekfiles/2012/08/hugh-jackman-confirms-the-wolverine-is-standalone-film-not-a-sequel-and-wont-be-overloaded-with-muta.html

Andrew
08-15-2012, 04:25 PM
Some of James Mangold's inspiration for The Wolverine:

http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/uploads/mangold.jpg

And more Twitter updates from Mangold:


"Amazing images being made. Great actors in this show. Exhilarating to direct a [film] in multiple languages. Real emotion transcends language."


"Today I am starting an intense set piece of action and drama at the Yashida Compound set. Logan, Yukio and Shingen."

SighClops
08-15-2012, 06:12 PM
Is it just me, or is it crazy that Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for like thirteen years?

Dreg
08-15-2012, 09:58 PM
Is it just me, or is it crazy that Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for like thirteen years?

Eh, I don't really want to see anybody else until the far-off future when Marvel gets the rights back. Bring on Old Man Logan!

Pat Shatner
08-15-2012, 10:06 PM
Is it just me, or is it crazy that Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for like thirteen years?

It's not just you. I love that Jackman is sticking with the character. He's got so much else going on all the time but still seems passionate about playing Wolverine after all this time and all his other projects.

Marcdachamp
08-16-2012, 05:00 AM
It's not just you. I love that Jackman is sticking with the character. He's got so much else going on all the time but still seems passionate about playing Wolverine after all this time and all his other projects.

I agree. There's no one else I could see in the role. Nor do I want to.

SighClops
08-16-2012, 05:46 AM
Eh, I don't really want to see anybody else until the far-off future when Marvel gets the rights back. Bring on Old Man Logan!

Yeah, I wouldn't want anyone else either, it's just weird to think he's been playing him that long.