We all knew it - though we didn't know the extent of it, but it looks like X-Men Origins: Wolverine is in trouble. Serious trouble. The film is currently under going "extensive" reshoots. Not only that but Richard Donner, director of Superman and Lethal Weapon is apparently on hand while this filming is taking place.
So how much trouble is Wolverine in?
20th Century Fox says that the reason for the reshoots is because they needed specific weather conditions for shooting. And apparently they have even considered having journalists on set to see what is going down. A shot at damage control perhaps?
The trouble on the set of the Hugh Jackman starrer has been well documented with Donner on standby throughout the shoot (his wife Lauren Shuler Donner produces the film) and Fox head honcho Tom Rothman overriding many of director Gavin Hood's choices - right down to the color of paint on set!
Now Hood hasn't been fired - he is directing the reshoots, so there does appear to be some sort of unity going on here, but we know how careless Fox are with genre material. They've shown a lack of love to the X-Men franchise before when they rushed X-Men The Last Stand into production as a one fingered salute to Bryan Singer when he left the franchise to helm Superman Returns. And last year they dumped The X-Files in a bizarre summer date when the film would have been better suited to a winter premiere and the less said about Babylon A.D. and The Day the Earth Stood Still the better.
Now, it could be true that they need certain weather conditions for portions of the film, and pick-ups are a common occurrence on most big budget films, but you would have presumed that with all the negative buzz swarming about the film that somebody would have mentioned this before now. It‘s now becoming clear why Hugh Jackman had to pull out of Steven Soderbergh's Cleo.
Could Fox be salvaging the movie or is it destined to be another critical and financial disaster for the studio? Well it's not looking too good. Now, I'm a supporter of Hugh Jackman and his work but you have to wonder about his role in all of this. Jackman is not only the star but a producer of the film and if he doesn't have Hood's back then who does? He hasn't said anything about the troubles and it looks like "the nicest man in Hollywood" is either too nice, a bad producer or behind a lot of these problems. I just feel that maybe he's letting somebody down here. Odd considering that Jackman needs Wolverine as his movie career is teetering on life support.
These reshoots could save Wolverine or they could just highlight how disastrous the shoot really was before the films release. If the movie does bomb then expect any Marvel property at Fox to die in the explosion.
Well keep you posted on any X-Men Origins: Wolverine news, but in the meantime keep your fingers crossed that our adamantium friend makes it through the storm. We all thought that Wolverine was invincible - lets see if he makes it through this tussle with Fox.