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Director James Mangold’s The Wolverine will reportedly film in British Columbia for four months beginning in November, suggesting Fox has abandoned plans to shoot much of the sequel in Japan.
The news comes this morning from The Vancouver Sun, which says production on the Hugh Jackman movie will take place from Nov. 11 to March 1 at the Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby, just East of Vancouver. The facilities have been used for such movies as X-Men, Fantastic Four and Watchmen, and television series like Battlestar Galactica and Supernatural.
Filming of The Wolverine will overlap with that of Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel, which moves to British Columbia on Sept. 21.
Written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), The Wolverine is based, in part, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and has Logan battling ninjas, Silver Samurai and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.
The film was delivered twin setbacks in March with the devastating earthquake in Japan, where much of the story takes place, and the surprise departure of Darren Aronofsky, who was unwilling to be out of the United States, away from his family, for the duration of the production. While Jackman and the studio were committed to finding a new director and moving forward with the project — Mangold was hired in June — questions remained as to whether, in the wake of the disaster, a big-budget action movie could still be shot in Japan.
There’s no release date for The Wolverine, but Jackman has suggested it could open in late 2012.