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.