After the disappointing, inconsistent, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, not many fans were excited for a next installment. But star, Hugh Jackman, realizing the mis-step, promised to make up for the fans disappointment by attempting to deliver a new Wolverine film that is more character study, than popcorn action flick. To pull this off, the filmmakers of THE WOLVERINE are focusing on the celebrated and fan favorite, comic book arc of Logan’s time in Japan, where he is away from the X-Men and is essentially, alone, depressed, vulnerable and a fish out of water in the middle of a Japanese organized criminal war.
The production suffered some rough times, first losing original director Darren Aronofsky, due to scheduling conflicts and then suffering delays in shooting due to the tsunami in Japan. The production survived purely through the will of Hugh Jackman, who is intent on making a critically acclaimed, crowd pleasing Wolverine film.
What we see in the trailer does look promising. It certainly doesn’t feel like any of the other X-Men films and it seems like Jackman is relishing playing Logan again. The franchise is riding a high off the success of X-Men: First Class and the news of a new X-Men film, directed by Bryan Singer, focusing on the celebrated X-Men story arc Days of Future Past. Lets hope that this film capitalizes on the excitement and X-men mutant fan mojo.
THE WOLVERINE stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee and Svetlana Khodchenkova. The film is directed by James Mangold. The screenplay is written by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank. THE WOLVERINE is scheduled for release July 26, 2013.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. Story by Christopher McQuarrie.
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