Fox Schedules The Wolverine For Summer 2013, Delays This Means War
02.08.12 by Ryan
20th Century Fox has finally scheduled a release date for The Wolverine, its oft-delayed, stand-alone sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Actor Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Marvel Comics' most popular mutant for the fifth time on July 26, 2013, ComingSoon reports.
The Wolverine hasn't had an easy time marching toward its release date, as original director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) quit a month before production was set to start. Once new director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) jumped on board to replace Aronofsky, a November start was eyed, but bad weather delayed the shoot until sometime after Jackman finished his work on the musical adaptation of Les Miserables. While no official start date has been announced, production will have to start sometime this summer if the movie wants to reach its release date.
Written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), with rewrites by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard), The Wolverine is loosely based on the classic Marvel Comics limited series by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller, which is primarily set in Japan. Jackman revealed last summer that the movie's villain will be the Silver Samurai.
The Wolverine isn't the only movie Fox scheduled today, as it also decided to slightly delay its upcoming romantic-action-comedy, This Means War. Originally set to open on Valentine's Day this Tuesday, Deadline reports that Fox has decided to wait until Friday, February 17th to release the movie to set it further apart from Sony's The Vow, which opens this Friday. However, the report claims that Fox will still sneak This Means War into theaters on Tuesday, hoping that word of mouth will help generate excitement for its new February 17th release date.
This Means War stars Tom Hardy (Inception) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) as two best friends who work for the CIA and fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). While they allow her to choose between them, the two operatives become violently competitive with one another. McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation) directed the movie from a script by Tim Dowling (Just Go With It, Role Models) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes). Abigail Spencer (AMC's Mad Men, Cowboys and Aliens), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), and Angela Bassett (Green Lantern) co-star.