And the winner of the Guy Gets to Direct Sure-to-be-Hit “Wolverine” movie is… Gavin Hood??? Who the hell is Gavin Hood? According to his bio on IMDB, Hood is a South African director with something called “Tsotsi” and the upcoming Reese Witherspoon movie “Rendition” to his credit. And this guy is directing “Wolverine”? A comic book movie about a mutant with metal claws? Seriously? Well, before you balk, remember that Bryan Singer had never done anything close to a comic book actionfest until he picked up the “X-Men” franchise, so…
Twentieth Century Fox has set Gavin Hood to direct Hugh Jackman in “Wolverine,” the “X-Men” spin-off film that was scripted by David Benioff.
Pic, which begins production in November for 2008 release, will be produced by Lauren Shuler-Donner, Jackman and his Seed Prods. partner John Palermo.
Hood is the South African director whose 2005 film “Tsotsi” won the foreign film Oscar. He was among several hot young directors vying for “Wolverine” and sources said Fox brass was swayed after viewing his latest film, “Rendition,” the politically charged New Line drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Peter Sarsgaard. It opens Oct. 19 and premieres at Toronto.
So there you go. As it turned out, the “Wolverine” director was neither Len Wiseman or D.J. Caruso, as was rumored a while back. Gee, I bet those guys are happy, huh?