Seems like 'Wolverine' won't be headed to Japan quite as soon as we had originally anticipated...
We've heard Hugh Jackman hype the upcoming sequel to Wolverine back at the Kids Choice Awards last month, so to hear that production on the film has yet to begin might seem a bit strange. In a recent interview, director Gavin Hood indicated that the studio is very cautious and production on the sequel may depend in part on the success of the 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' DVD /Blue Ray that was released last week.
"I'm hoping to be shooting something next year, and I don't think that Wolverine will be ready for next year...I haven't been approached one way or another. The studio is obviously very cautious. They want to see how Wolverine does on DVD. Let them develop the script, let's see what the script looks like, let's see how the studio feels about the script, how [star] Hugh [Jackman] feels about it, and then we'll take it from there."
As far as the sequel's plot is concerned, it seems it will more than likely be set in Japan and will highlight the early part of the character's history. The film's producer Lauren Shuler Donner stated that the people behind the film want to keep the story as close to the original as possible; a strange concept considering how greatly they diverted from the character's origins in the first film.
"I think it's our responsibility to remain true to the source material...There are other influences and other factors that make us deviate from it, the first of which being transcribing it to the screen. But we certainly are fully aware of the fan base and try in every way possible to stay close to the source material. I think in Wolverine it was a little bit different because there was a lot of different source material, a lot of different legends in Victor Creed's relationship to Logan, and Logan's background. There were some choices we had to make. Certainly in Wolverine 2, in the Japanese saga, we will stay very close to the source material. I think it's just best that way."
It seems, at least based on that statement, that Donner puts the first film's lack of accuracy and direction on the fact that there are varying origin stories for the character. If this is the case, why not just pick one? I think it is obvious that the people behind the film were looking to monopolize on the number of characters they wanted to use in order to test the waters for launching other 'X-Men' films. What do you guys want to see in sequel?