After a mysterious “leaked” teaser poster, we haven’t gotten too much in terms of new information regarding The Wolverine. This is due mostly to the fact that star Hugh Jackman is busy shooting Les Miserables. But, with production set to commence later this year, all the technical issues are being ironed out. Now, it seems Jackman is going to love a little return down under, as he’s headed back to his homeland.
The Daily Telegraph reports that filming for The Wolverine will take place in Sydney, Australia. Originally, Darren Aronofsky wanted to shoot the film in Japan, and that was originally the case. But, now that James Mangold is at the helm, apparently Australia will work as the backdrop.
The film is set mostly in Japan, especially as it’s said that Wolverine will indeed face The Silver Samurai. Jackman has said that he and Mangold were mulling over the idea of possibly shooting both PG-13 and R-rated versions of the film, but that has really failed to materialize over at 20th Century Fox. Perhaps it could eventually happen, coming out in Blu-Ray form after the film’s theatrical release, but right now it’s simply a thought that hasn’t really been expanded on.
Jackman was born in Sydney, and in fact X-Men Origins: Wolverine was also shot in Jackman’s home city as well. Production is said to cost about $80 million, which seems relatively low given superhero movies these days, but when factoring in promotion, and all that other business stuff, it adds up.
The Wolverine is set already for a release date on July 26th, 2013. Just do us a favor: don’t make the claws look as badly computer animated as Origins?