Is The Wolverine still on course for 2012?
Might 2012 still have an X-Men movie in it? Hugh Jackman has given an update on The Wolverine…
It's been a troubled path, bringing the follow-up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine to the big screen. All seemed ready to go, until director Darren Aronofsky jumped ship, and the tragic tsunami in Japan delayed plans to shoot part of the movie there.
In recent weeks, though, it seems that the project has been coming back together. A new director has been appointed, in the shape of James Mangold, and Hugh Jackman seems ready to go.
Jackman was chatting to CHFI radio in Toronto, and he revealed, "We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that. That's usually around the timeline."
But will it, in this case? As we've noted before, summer 2012 is a packed and competitive one. Right now, we're looking at Marvel's The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Men In Black III, Battleship, Prometheus, Jack The Giant Killer, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, G.I. Joe 2, The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2, probably Die Hard 5 and possibly Star Trek 2. Fitting The Wolverine into all of that might just be tricky.
It doesn't get much easier if you look towards the end of the year. Already, the Superman reboot, the new James Bond film, and the first part of The Hobbit are lined up for the back end of 2012. Fox might just decide to bite the bullet and hold The Wolverine until 2013, with that kind of competition.
That said, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine remains a box office draw, and if James Mangold can turn the new film around with the same haste that Matthew Vaughn employed on X-Men: First Class, a summer 2012 release may still be possible.