It was only yesterday that I wondered why Hugh Jackman was keeping so quiet about the production difficulties that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is facing. Jackman has finally broken his silence over the film stating that the reshoots taking place have been planned all along. He also passed along a new publicity still from the film.
In an email to Harry Knowles Jackman said:
Hey everyone -
It's Hugh Jackman, sending this note from freezing Vancouver. I have read a lot of your online comments regarding the footage that we are currently shooting and I share your passion for the Wolverine character and the movie - I owe it all to you guys!
I wanted to reach out and let you know that due to scheduling conflicts with certain cast members and location/weather considerations, we had to wait until now to shoot a couple of scenes. Please rest assured that WOLVERINE will be badass and hopefully meet all of your expectations. I am stoked by the positive response to the teaser, which clearly reflects the tone and scope of the film. If you like that, we've got much more in store!
In the meantime, here's an exclusive shot of some characters you may recognize...
Okay, so it looks like Jackman is towing the party line, but at least it's something from the producer/ star. Now, it could be damage control or it could be true and it's too difficult to know which way to swing considering that 20th Century Fox has a heck of a lot riding on this film. Not only does the studio have the $100 million budget, but also merchandise, sequels and spin-offs so they need this movie to be a hit. A big hit.
At least Hugh Jackman is being proactive and telling the internet fraternity what is going on. I'm sure everyone wants Wolverine to be good (even if it's being made by Fox) and Jackman is a likeable chap who most people are rooting for. There's a lot of negative buzz on this film but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, for now.
All will be revealed when X-Men Origins: Wolverine is released on 1st May, 2009