The Wolverine Ditches Japan for Australia
04.20.12 by BJSprecher
Wolverine is going walkabout...again.
In a recent announcement made by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, it has been revealed that 20th Century Fox has chosen to return to franchise star Hugh Jackman's home state of New South Wales, Australia, to film The Wolverine, likely using the same Fox Studios Australia facilities in Sydney where portions of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was filmed in 2007. Stoner hailed Fox's decision as "a testament" to Australia's screen industry, and estimated that the production would generate "more than $80 million" in expenditures and create more than 720 jobs for cast and crew.
Fox originally intended to shoot The Wolverine in Japan — the setting of the 1982 Marvel Comics limited series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that served as inspiration for Chris McQuarrie's (Valkyrie) screenplay — but those plans were scrapped after the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku devastated the country. Jackman is currently filming Les Miserables, but he has been chomping at the bit to play Wolverine again, especially since the new movie will find the character in a completely different setting.
I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world full of honour and tradition and customs. The idea of the samurai too, and the tradition there — it's really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai — not even mutants.
The Wolverine does not yet have an official start date. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) will direct.