Wolverine Spinoff Gets a Director - Gavin Hood
After endless discussion since last year's X-Men: The Last Stand hit theaters, the Wolverine spinoff finally has a director and is on schedule to start shooting this November. Fox's choice: Gavin Hood, who directed the Best Foreign Language Oscar winning African film Tsotsi and also has another Oscar hopeful due out this year titled Rendition. An odd choice? Certainly, but even Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine, is confident, saying "I have long been a fan of Gavin's work and know he will make a masterful film with the character intensity and action beats the fans expect."
Of course the one-and-only Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine with a script written by David Benioff (25th Hour, Troy). Using several resources that include the Marvel Comics lore, along with the more recent Weapon X graphic novels by Frank Miller, Wolverine mixes action with an origin story about how Logan emerged from a barbaric experiment as an indestructible mutant with retractable razor-sharp claws.
After everything that Fox has been going through recently, this is interestingly the most positive decision I've seen them make in years. I'm guessing the timing of this has to due with their drop out of Comic-Con and the otherwise negative buzz they've gained. However, I hope that Gavin Hood is as perfect of a choice as Christopher Nolan was for Batman Begins.
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