Hugh Jackman Will Battle the Silver Samurai in ‘The Wolverine’

Hugh Jackman announced at Comic-Con this past weekend that filming for ‘The Wolverine’, the stand alone, non-sequel to ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’; will begin in October.

I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan.

Since a majority of the storyline between Wolverine and the Silver Samurai in the comic books takes place in Japan, it is not shocking that the film will primarily be shot there.  In the continuity of the comic books (which hardly ever seems to matter for movie directors and screenwriters) the Silver Samurai is the half brother of Wolverine’s long lost lover Mariko Yashida.  Wolverine and the Silver Samurai have been allies at times and enemies at times, when the Samurai decides to revert back to mercenary ways.  The Japan arch of Wolverine’s storyline is a big part of his past, but has never been touched in any of the movies.

After ‘Black Swan’ director Darren Aronofsky backed out of ‘The Wolverine’, James Mangold stepped up to the plate.  Mangold has worked with Jackman once before, when he directed and wrote ‘Kate and Leopold.’  His most recent movie was ‘Knight and Day’, featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  Mangold’s average grade in a directorial role on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 68%.

The script also looks to be in good hands with Chris McQuarrie penning it.  McQuarrie is best known for his work in ‘Usual Suspects’, in which he won the Oscar for Best Writing.  McQuarrie’s most recent work also featured Tom Cruise in ‘Valkyrie.’  His average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 63.75%.  

‘The Wolverine’ is supposed to hit theaters sometime in 2012.

(Quote via Reelz Channel)

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Posted on July 25, 2011, in News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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