"The Wolverine" might have finally nailed down a director and a solid cast, but it doesn't have a concrete start date.
It was expected that the latest installment in the "X-Men" series would start lensing in the fall to try to keep with the anticipated 2012 release date. That isn't the case, though. Deadline reports that "Wolverine" likely won't begin filming until spring 2012, and even that's not set in stone.
The villain in all of this? Japan's unpredictable weather. And, technically, leading man Hugh Jackman's commitment to "Les Miserables" as well.
Studio insiders told Deadline that Fox was having a hard time committing to the plan to film on location in Japan because of "weather-related considerations." The plan now is to shoot part of "The Wolverine" in Canada and part in Japan, or potentially to just switch to Canada all together. Obviously it would be nice to see "The Wolverine" filmed in Japan because that is where the story takes place, but if we need to compromise and have Canada double for Asian climates then so be it.
But it turns out that the movie's setting might not be the only problem. Apparently the start date on "The Wolverine" is contingent on when Jackman wraps his musical adaptation of "Les Miserables," which hasn't even started filming yet. Hopefully that occurs quickly, because we'd hate to see recently-attached director James Mangold have to leave the flick like Darren Aronofsky did earlier this year because he has a commitment to something else.
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