The Wolverine Will Shoot in Japan Says Fox Chief
04.27.12 by Ryan
From the post-credits sequence in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was clear that Hugh Jackman was heading to Japan for the sequel. Back in 2009, Jackman said "Japan is where we're heading" for The Wolverine, and revealed that the movie would be based on the classic 1982 Marvel Comics limited series by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller, which was set primarily in the Land of the Rising Sun.
While the movie will still be set in Japan, it was announced last week that the production would move to Fox Studios Australia facilities in Sydney, implying that Australia would have to be dressed to look like Japan. Luckily, that isn't entirely true. At CinemaCon, Fox chairman and CEO Tom Rothman told MTV that Japan is still in the mix for The Wolverine.
We're doing stage work in Australia because stage work is always inside a warehouse, so [location] doesn't really matter. But location work will be in Japan. It's filmed in both places, set in Japan, with great numbers of Japanese actors in it and it's based on the very famous run in the comics.
Rothman said that a decision "hasn't been made yet" on whether The Wolverine would be shot in 3-D, but did say the script — written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and rewritten by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) — was "excellent" and that Jackman was committed to making the "ultimate, bad-ass, bezerker-rage" Wolverine movie yet. Forgive us if X-Men Origins: Wolverine talked us out of being blindly confident about the sequel, but we're definitely keeping our fingers crossed.
No production start date has been announced yet, but The Wolverine is scheduled for a July 26, 2013 release, so expect cameras to start rolling sooner than later. Jackman revealed at last summer's Comic-Con that the Silver Samurai will be the movie's villain. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) will direct.