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The Wolverine Begins Shooting in August, Hugh Jackman Confirms

The Wolverine, the James Mangold-directed follow-up to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will begin filming in August, nearly a year and a half after initially planned. The news was confirmed over the weekend on Twitter by star Hugh Jackman.

Based in part on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, the film 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 screenplay was penned by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), with rewrites by Mark Bomback (Total Recall).

The Wolverine was delivered twin setbacks in March 2011 with the devastating earthquake in Japan, where much of the story takes place, and the surprise departure of original director Darren Aronofsky, who was unwilling to be out of the United States, away from his family, for the duration of the production. Filming was further delayed by Jackman’s commitment to Les Misérables.

Fox Studios Australia, where much of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was filmed, will be used for stage work, with the production moving to Japan for location shoots. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.


  • Dan Birchall

    Love the X-man but I honestly couldn’t care less about this movie. Was never a big fan of Wolverine’s Japanese adventures in the comics either. 

  • Mugenblaze

    Hurray, operation make it rain dismembered asian people is back on -_-  

  • Renaud

    So when is Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men joining Disney for possible crossovers with the Avengers film universe

  • Cjorg2

    Sounds like someone needs a hug…

    Not a snarky remark dude – just highlighting the fact that your complaints about the quality of the Wolverine film make no sense whatsoever when the comic it’s based on is by and large, a series of repetitive action scenes with a bare minimum of plot, and a character that likes to go around telling everyone how badass he is, “I’m the the best at what I do? And what I do ain’t nice.”  It’s drivel.  I’m just shocked that you are surprised at the quality of the film – it’s just as good/ bad as the comic.  A handful of comics by Rucka and Claremont can’t make up for most of the rubbish storylines he’s appeared in.  You should be thankful that Jackman is able to achieve the quality he has – a character as badly written as Wolverine could quite as easily have ended up in a series of films like the three Punishers (another character, that apart from ennis’ run, is by and large, a rubbish character.)