Cameras will roll at last on the new Wolverine movie this fall, but with a different director and in a different location than originally planned.
The Vancouver Sun reports that the semi-sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine will begin shooting this November in Vancouver at Canadian Motion Picture Park, where projects like Twilight, Supernatural and Fantastic Four have also spent time. The Wolverine shoot is expected to last from Nov. 11 to March 1 of next year, with James Mangold (Knight and Day) slated to direct.
This is quite a different scenario from the way the movie was envisioned last year, when Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was going to shoot a large portion of the film in Japan (the script is said to be based on the classic Frank Miller/Chris Claremont comic book arc in which Logan travels to the Far East).
Aronofsky dropped out, however, citing family concerns, and 20th Century Fox canceled the location filming altogether after Japan's terrible earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. The search for a new director and a new place to film put The Wolverine—as it's being called—on ice for a while, but now it looks like star Hugh Jackman and company are ready to go at last.
We know that there wasn't a lot of love out there for 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we're hopeful that this summer's X-Men: First Class was a sign that the franchise and its offshoots are back on track.
Meanwhile, it's getting quite crowded up there in Vancouver—Elysium, from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, is shooting there until late next month, while Man of Steel settles in on Sept. 21 for a four-month stay. Anyone up for a Superman vs. Wolverine crossover flick??