Fox CEO Tom Rothman Says THE WOLVERINE Will Shoot in Australia and Japan; Calls it the “True, Berserker, Bad Ass Wolverine”

     April 29, 2012


All throughout last week, we brought you updates on a number of 20th Century Fox projects gleaned from Steve’s wide-ranging interview at CinemaCon with the studio’s CEO, Tom Rothman.  The exec talked about a New Mutants movie, the rating of Prometheus, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, A Good Day to Die Hard, and gave updates on Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and Chronicle 2.  Today we have one last update to share, and it concerns a highly anticipated Fox property.

During the interview, Steve asked Rothman for a status update on the sequel The WolverineJames Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) is onboard to direct and after a number of delays, production is finally slated to get underway later this year once Hugh Jackman wraps Les Miserables.  Rothman revealed that filming will take place in Australia and Japan, and reassured fans that we’re in for a very hardened Wolverine.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

the-wolverine-tom-rothmanA couple weeks ago, it was announced that The Wolverine would be filming in Australia.  The news wasn’t incredibly shocking given that X-Men Origins: Wolverine also shot Down Under, but fans were left wondering about the long-planned location shooting in Japan.  Much of the story of The Wolverine takes place in Japan, but the destination was thrown into doubt when production was delayed and the country was hit by a devastating natural disaster.  Rothman revealed that, despite some work in Australia, filming will also take place in Japan after all:

“Hugh Jackman is finishing Les Miserables in London, we’re gearing up and prepping now.  We’ll shoot the stage work in Australia and the location work in Japan, and we’ll start casting in the next month or so.  There’ll be a lot of local Japanese talent in it.”

Rothman also had some encouraging words to say about the story itself:

“This is […] a pretty original take.  It’s based on a very successful run in the comics, but it’s a true Wolverine movie, I mean this is the true berserker, bad ass Wolverine.”

the-wolverine-hugh-jackmanA berserker, bad ass Wolverine is certainly a Wolverine I can get onboard with.  This description jives with Jackman’s comments about the film’s rating, as he previously revealed that he and Mangold were looking into possibly shooting both a PG-13 and R-rated version of the film.  He cautioned that they would need to find a really good reason to exclude fans by going R.

Whatever the rating they eventually settle on, it’s definitely looking like Mangold and Jackman have some exciting plans for the Wolverine character and I’m eager to hear more about the project as it moves closer to production.  The Wolverine is slated to open on July 26th, 2013.  Be sure to look for Steve’s full interview with Rothman on the site soon, in which the exec talks about everything from Fox’s philosophy on making quality films, to what Rothman thinks about all this 48 frames per second business.


  • ozzie

    It would be a HUGE mistake to make this an R rated movie … they need as big demographic for this to succeed … can’t count on the comic book geeks for this one … especially after slaughtering the Wolverine storyline so badly across all the X-men movies.

  • Boomstick

    Hoping now that the likes of Avengers, cap america and Thor etc, we may finally see Wolverine don his yellow suit and mask.

    If only to give us something different to look at than just hugh jackman with a vest and.. weird hair. kinda gotten boring.

    A yellow outfit could easily be explainable too. Disguise/armour against Magnetism/ etc..

    • Boomstick

      Also, R rated sounds good to me.

      I LOVED the Avengers, but, the amount of “soft” violence and action resulting in no real injury or deaths is the equivallent to a Star Wars video game where the lightsaber is little more than a whacking stick, that doesnt cut through enemies. Works ok for a family friendly humorous summer blockbuster, but if theres no threat its just another transformers popcorn film.

      Wolverines claws are cutting instruments, not scratching.

    • chrissy

      haha yeah awesome yellow suit for my own amusement but probably too goofy looking in real life.

    • SuperSeanski

      It would be cool to see the costume and mask pop up as a variation of samurai armor, with the big “ears” I guess you would call them being on the helmet.

      • BATFINK

        Samurai type outfit could maybe work. I don’t see why a well designed version of the yellow suit would look silly? Magneto’s outfit worked a treat! And he even wears a cape, yet cant fly!

        It baffles me how Wolverines outfit can look silly in movies with blue scaly women that morph into people including their clothing, a blue man with a devils tail that pops around, a blue hairy man etc etc.. But a costume would seem out of place?

        Bring on yellow armour I say!

  • Troll Detector

    Oh, cork it. It would only be a huge mistake if you’re some namby-pamby Fox junior executive who worries about everything from a financial standpoint. For someone who cares about little things like entertainment, story, making a good film and being faithful to the source material, an R-rated “Wolverine” is a wonderful way to go, and a sizable step on the road to redeeming the franchise.

  • dogg

    It’s pretty lame to take comics made for teens and then exclude these same teens from the movies unless they drag their parents along. Wolverine was plenty violent in the X-men movies–shoving his knives right through whoever got in his way. It never bothered me that I didn’t see gore and severed limbs. All these adults pushing for R rated comics need to–dare I say–grow up.

  • Dev

    People, relax. They said they were contemplating shooting BOTH R and PG-13 versions. As for me, I say they should just go R with this film. After the last one they need to take a new direction with it, and what I’ve heard so far about this film is reassuring that fact. I want to see the true wolverine character unleashed. He is at his core a violent character, it would only make sense to have it rated R. We’ve seen PG-13 Wolverine and I only liked about the first 30 minutes of that mess. Let’s do something different this time.


      I would like to see the double ratings format applied to movies, more than 3d or 48fps. It should be the REAL step forward in movie making. A film should be made as pg 13 AND R, released together in cinemas and the viewers given the choice which version to watch.

      That way, we get 2 versions of a film e can watch, with edits made depending on demographic.

      THIS should be the future of film making!

      • Dan

        I agree with you PATFINK

      • Dan


    • Dre Dre

      But of course the R rated version will be released on DVD&BLURAY 4 months after the movie comes out…They’ll probably call it the “Unrated Edition” and put it in big red claw-mark looking letters on the box.

  • Angel of Death

    God, I hate how Rothman pretends to appeal to fanboys by throwing around buzz terms from the comics to make it sound like he knows what he’s talking about. But in truth he doesn’t care about fanboy needs and screws up every project he touches. Just look at how he handled the first disasterous Wolverine movie.

  • Evan

    This guy likes to talk.

    If The Wolverine does not succeed, FOX is still my favorite studio to see fail miserably.

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  • Tootles

    Bring on Omega Red and for the love of fuck make Sabertooth look like Sabertooth. Jesus, is it that difficult? I was a huge comic nerd back in the day and every time they butcher one of these movies I cry a little inside.

  • terry

    Hugh won’t be back so Nick Cage will play Wolverine. LOL!!!

  • The Don Robinson

    Berserker Barrage!

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  • David Wilson

    Best movie of Logan or the Wolverine ever. I recommend you stay focused on Yukio played by Rila Fukushima. It may seem that she only uses the sword, but she does defensive kicks, an turnaround backflip almost, and takes a piece of wood out of the ground and uses it as a weapon when she loses or doesn’t have a sword. She improvises in other words. An expert in the martial arts and sword mastery. The character of Yukio represents the strong, modern, almost anime type woman of today. She is also funny, witty, intelligent, and smart. Try to watch closely what she does in the fast action sequences. She is truly amazing in all her talent. A precognitive mutant that enjoys learning her human capabilities. I think she is the best character in this series.

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