As “Wolverine” movie ramps up pre-production for an anticipated Fall 2007 start date, news about the movie have been surfacing. The biggest news so far has to be the hiring of Gavin Hood as director. Now the online version of Wizard Magazine has the first details about the movie, to star Hugh Jackman as Logan, aka the ageless mutant Wolverine, whose character has a healing factor that allows him to heal from just about any wound, and big friggin’ claws.
The most important news seems to be that the movie will be a prequel and not a continuation of the “X-Men” movies.
Based on info from insiders who say they’ve read Benioff’s script, get ready for all kinds of prequel action as Wolverine’s first ties to Weapon X, his first run-in with Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth), his bonding with adamantium and his feral origins are explored. When asked if the film would touch on Wolvie’s early-year comic book connections to Japan, Jackman curbed the rumor in favor of others.
“[The Japan connection] is still something we really want to do,” admitted the actor-producer. “What we need to do is establish who he is and find out how he became Wolverine. And by the end of the movie, I want it to be that you definitely knew who this guy was, like Mad Max and Dirty Harry. He’s a good guy, but he’s not a nice guy. He’s just the guy you want on your side.”
Sources also mentioned scenes featuring Wolverine in Vietnam, a pre-X-Men love interest for the furry mutant and character names familiar to comic fans such as the teleporter John Wraith, who served with Wolverine on special ops missions as part of Team X, along with Fred J. Dukes (aka the Blob).
Read more about the movie, including who will return (hint: Stryker is back), and which mutant from the “X-Men” movies may or may not make guest appearances, here.