Gavin Hood to Direct "Wolverine"

The trade Variety broke the story Thursday afternoon, announcing that Gavin Hood had been signed to direct the mutant minded movie spinoff, starring and in part produced by actor Hugh Jackman.

The director, once seen as Colonel Alexi Vaselov on a 2004 episode of "Stargate SG-1," is now better known for "Tsotsi," which won the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2006, as well as taking home awards from the Chicago Film Critics, the AFI Fest and a Golden Globe.

We reported that the studio had signed off on the script back on October 16th, looking at going in front of the cameras by the end of Q3 2007 -- which, as you know, is breathing down our collective necks. On November 10th we reported that director Bryan Singer was interested in seeing what the David Benioff script was like, and three days later we had quotes from Hugh Jackman saying he'd love to reunite with Singer. Clearly Singer wasn't able to get back into the franchise at this time, especially since it was announced in April that genre maven David Goyer would be directing the other spinoff, "Magneto."

As recently as June 7th rumors were swirling that Fox was considering DJ Caruso or Len Wiseman for the director's chair, but there was no official word on either.

No release date has been announced, and since Fox has pulled out of Comic-Con, will more official word on this happen at Wizard World Chicago, given rumors of a closer relationship between the trade publication and Marvel? Time will tell.

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