Jackman: <i>The Wolverine</i> Will Shoot In October For Late 2012 Release

Sidelined by the devastating earthquake in Japan and the surprise departure of Darren Aronofsky, 20th Century Fox's The Wolverine appears to be back on track. That's due in no small part to the recent selection James Mangold as the new director following a three-month search, during which time rumors swirled that the studio was in "no rush" to begin production and might bump the release to 2013.

But this week, star Hugh Jackman told Toronto radio station CHFI that the cameras will roll this fall, about seven months later than initially planned. “We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that," he said. "That’s usually around the timeline.”

So, that would mean a fall 2012 opening, unless Mangold can pull an X-Men: First Class-style 10-month turnaround, allowing Fox to squeeze The Wolverine into its loaded summer schedule.

Written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), The Wolverine is based, in part, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and has Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord. Jackman has described the script as " fantastic," and it's received a thumbs up from Claremont.

(via The Playlist)

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