It looks like the movie ‘The Wolverine,’ is finally moving forward as Box Office Mojo has just listed the film as having a release date of July 26, 2013. That’s good news for this sequel to ’X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’
The movie has had it share of unfortunate delays. The latest news was that the script would be undergoing a rewrite with Mark Bomback (‘Race to Witch Mountain’, ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, ‘Total Recall’). Now whether the cause of the rewrite was due to a location change (originally the movie was to be filmed in Japan but then the earthquake hit and the threat of a nuclear disaster occurred) or because director James Mangold and actor Hugh Jackman are contemplating an R-rated version of the film, it is not known. Jackman did tell MTV that much of Darren Aronofsky’s original version of the script is pretty much intact in this new script and he has hopes for an R-rated version of the superhero:
“James Mangold and I talked about [an R-rated version] and we’re like ‘Look, let’s not put it off the table.’ There’s even talk about us doing two versions, as in finding a way to do both while you shoot it, which could be really cool… There is such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I’ve always felt that, I know a lot of fans would like that, and if there’s ever gonna be a superhero that’s gonna be R-rated it’s Wolverine.”
So far, the logline of the film has “Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy” and winds up fighting against the Silver Samurai.
Filming has a tentative start date sometime later this year as Jackman is already committed to filming the big screen production of ‘Les Miserables’ which will be released in December. No other production news has been released and a cast list has not yet been made.
As for the release date of ‘The Wolverine,’ it looks like it won’t have much competition to go up against, since, so far, the only other movies to be released that weekend is a reboot of ‘Dirty Dancing’ and Disney’s ‘Phineas and Ferb’ film.
Source: Coming Soon