X-Men Origins: Wolverine Arriving May 2009
An official date is set and a new title: X-Men Origins: Wolverine will hit theaters worldwide on May 1st, 2009. After all of the very promising statements coming from both director Gavin Hood and Hugh Jackman recently, this sounds like it could be one of the greatest comic book movies of this decade. I know I'm certainly excited already and thankfully we now have a date to mark down exactly 562 days (from today). Get ready for Wolverine to return in 2009!
The movie will explore Wolverine's violent and romantic past, and his complex relationship with Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth) and the ominous Weapon X program, as well as his encounters with other mutants. The official reports state that it "is expected to feature many other mutants - some new to the film franchise and some from one or more of the three X-Men films." As to who exactly, that hasn't yet been revealed. However, Gambit is one of those rumored to appear as is the non-mutant character William Stryker, who is rumored to be played by Liev Schreiber. X-Men Origins: Wolverine will start shooting this fall in various locations including Australia, New Zealand, and New Orleans.
The only other X-Men spin-off also announced is Magneto. It's interesting to see the title of X-Men Origins, because now it seems like they'll be making a number of X-Men spin-offs, as was the original thought. I'm sure that we'll see plenty more on top of both Wolverine and Magneto and numerous sequels for each of those.
This is even more evidence that shows that comic book movies continue to dominate the movie industry. 2008 has Iron Man opening on the precious first-week-of-May release date. Now 2009 already has this comic book movie set for that same first-week-of-May release date. But alas, who doesn't love the wonderful world of comic book movies?!