Although word circulated just last week that The Wolverine would begin filming in November in British Columbia, a new report casts doubt on the timetable for the Fox sequel, suggesting it could be delayed until spring 2012.
Citing “studio insiders,” Deadline attributes the holdup to either the difficulty in finding shooting locations in post-tsunami Japan — Christopher McQuarrie’s script is based on the 1982 Marvel miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller — or because of star Hugh Jackman’s commitment to Toby Hooper’s Les Miserables. My money’s on the latter.
The website contends “now the location might switch to Canada or become a combination of the two countries,” which is old news given that Vancouver Sun report, which placed The Wolverine at the Canadian Motion Picture Park in Burnaby from Nov. 11 to March 1. That’s an awfully big window for supplemental scenes, suggesting that Fox and director James Mangold now plan to film primarily, if not entirely, in Canada.
The Wolverine was dealt 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.
While Fox had never announced a start or release date for the film, Jackman said in June that The Wolverine would begin shooting in October with an eye toward a late-2012 opening.