And one that’s apparently not connected in anyway to 2009’s mostly awful “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Even when you consider the title of the 2009 movie, you sort of “get” that it was never meant to be a very good standalone movie. Fox was just trying to jumpstart a series of “Origins” films, starting with Wolvie and, back then, Magneto was supposed to be next. Well that didn’t really work out, and thank God they seem to have ditched that clever idea. Now it’s back to just trying to make one good movie at a time, starting with “The Wolverine”. The thing is, with Christopher McQuarrie behind the script and James Mangold directing, I’m not sure how you could possibly go wrong here. It’s going to take a bit of effort to screw this up, I think.
But just in case you weren’t sure that “The Wolverine” will be a standalone movie, separate from the rest of the “X-Men” universe, star Hugh Jackman confirms this once again to Total Film magazine (via Geek Files):
We’ve deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic.
The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.
So there you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth.
“The Wolverine” will take Logan to Japan, where he tangles with forbidden love, the Yakuza, and dudes with Samurai swords that can cut through anything. Well, almost anything.
Shooting is currently underway and you can expect it in 2013.