When Darren Aronofsky abruptly left the director’s chair for Fox’s upcoming sequel The Wolverine, fans were left disappointed and wondering if the film would still start production soon. Then, the devastating tsunami/earthquake and consequential fallout in Japan cast even further doubt on the project given its purported samurai storyline, with filming being planned to take place in Japan. Coming Soon caught up with the actor at CinemaCon and Jackman gave an update on the project as to where everything stands:
“We need to find another director and once we’ve found that, we’ll be able to know. It’s too early to call on Japan, I’m not sure where they’re at, so now we’re finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we’re moving ahead full steam to find another director.”
This echos producer Lauren Shuler Donner’s statements the other day, where she seemed optimistic about the project as well saying “We have the great Christopher McQuarrie writing and it’s very true to the Japanese saga.” It sounds like everyone’s just taking some time to regroup, and once they find a director everything will move forward. However, this delay puts the shooting schedule of filming this year a little in doubt given Jackman’s busy schedule.