‘Wolverine 2′ To Shoot in Japan, Possibly in 3D

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

wolverine filming japan 3d Wolverine 2 To Shoot in Japan, Possibly in 3D

Last week’s announcement that a healthy chunk of The Wolverine is going to be shot in Australia left many fans wondering whether star Hugh Jackman’s homeland will be standing in for 1980s Japan in the delayed X-Men spinoff sequel.

While attending the ongoing CinemaCon 2012, 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman clarified that Wolverine 2 will still be filmed on location in Japan. However, the majority of the movie’s sound stage work is going to be conducted “Down Under.”

Following the aftermath of the devastating Japan earthquake/tsunami in early 2011 – coupled with the departure of director Darren AronofskyThe Wolverine, believed to be based primarily on Chris Claremont’s four-issue “Wolverine” comic book run about the adamantium-clawed mutant’s adventures in Japan, was left between a rock and a hard place. Last summer, there was a brief window of time where production on Wolverine 2 was prepped to get underway in Vancouver (as a substitute for Japan). Ultimately, such a shooting scheme proved to not be feasible, and the project was instead put on the backburner – and given a rewrite, courtesy of Mark Bomback – until Jackman completed his work for the Les Misérables musical adaptation.

Assuming there are no further unexpected delays (knock on wood), director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) will set to work filming The Wolverine later this year, so as to make a Summer 2013 scheduled release date. Rothman confirmed to MTV that the cast will include “a great number of Japanese actors” and reiterated Jackman’s longtime claims that this flick will feature “the ultimate, badass, berserker rage Wolverine” fans know so well from classic X-Men comic book mythology. Of course, Jackman promised as much with X-Men Origins: Wolverine – but, still, by all accounts, Claremont’s Samurai-themed comic book storyline about Logan is also the one that Jackman’s been the most passionate about actually making since Bryan Singer’s original X-Men movie.

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One issue that’s not been raised with respect to The Wolverine - what with all the curve balls the project has been thrown during pre-production – is whether or not the film could be shot in 3D – or, at least, with post-conversion in mind (a la The Avengers). Rothman says the issue is still up in the air right now, which seems to suggest that Wolverine probably won’t be shot in the 3D format – given the degree of foresight and advance planning it requires – but could still be given the “stereoscopic treatment” during post-production. Naturally, depending on what sort of camerawork Mangold favors for The Wolverine, the result could vary from inconsequential to uneven but periodically solid (see: Wrath of the Titans).

Expect additional updates on the “to 3D or not 3D” issue, along with information about which Japanese stars will be joining Jackman for his latest romp as Wolvie, over the upcoming months.

The Wolverine attacks theaters around the U.S. on July 26th, 2013.


Source: MTV

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  1. *yawn* Uh huh, the wolverine we all know and love my rear

  2. Bring in Omega Red.

    • Omega Red? You’re in the wrong country there. He’s Russian but this is taking place in Japan. We want The Silver Saumrai!

      • Silver Saumria was confirmed a while back but I don’t know if there’s been any change to the script since then

  3. I’m actually excited for this movie. It looks like it has the potential to FINALLY do justice to the Wolverine character from the comics.

  4. Im ready for a new Wolverine. I never really really like Hugh in the role.

  5. I just want to know if there will be hints about Daken in the movie / near the end.

  6. Sigh, I just dont know. I have seen 4 movies with Wolverine in it and have yet to see the Wolverine we all know. Untill we have a R rated Wolverine I feel the character will never get its due justice.

    • What about in XMFC when he told Xavier to, “go f yourself”??! That was Wolverine.

      • True

  7. They are going around and around with this project, not feeling optimistic at all…..

  8. Make it “R” and then make a Deadpool movie. PLEASE!!!

    • dont think theyll make it R cause theyll want more money and make it pg 13

      • They are already making a deadpool movie which the creator of deadpool saw some 5 minutes of and approved its rated R

    • They are dude. Ryan Reynolds still playin deadpool. scripts been done for about a year. It’ll be R. Tim Miller is directing. It’s gonna be a total reboot of the character ignoring the wolverine storyline. Twill be amazing.

  9. The only acceptible 3-D in this movie is buckets of blood flying at the screen with hacked off Hand ninjas body parts

  10. I like Hugh, but sadly we have never gotten a true Wolverine on screen. Closest we got was X2 when he went bezerk in the Mansion. But there was still no blood lol.

    Wolverine with no blood = fail. Dude stabs people for christ sakes.

  11. Can’t wait until the masses tire of 3D movies… it’s such a lame gimmick.