'Wolverine 2’ release date: Plot Synopsis
While "X Men Origins: Wolverine" was largely reviled by critics and audiences alike, star Hugh Jackman let some new information slip recently that sounds like good news for fans of the comic book hero.
Speaking to Total Film [via the Coventry Telegraph], Jackman said:
"We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."
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The filmmakers behind the sequel, "The Wolverine," seem to agree that it's best to leave "Origins" in the past and let their new film stand on its own. Set photos seem to confirm that the movie will be breaking away from the previous X-Men films in terms of Wolverine's look.
The recent, albeit brief, plot synopsis released through the film's Facebook page, seems to confirm all of this.
Twentieth Century Fox's plot description for Jackman's second solo X-Men spin-off says: "Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed."
As previously assumed, the story is taken from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's beloved early '80s miniseries, "The Wolverine."
James Mangold ("Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma") is directing, from a script most recently re-written by Mark Bomback (the "Total Recall" remake). Jackman has said that film won't feature too many other mutants, making it more streamlined than the bloated "Origins."
Mangold, a full two weeks into shooting, eagerly tweeted some more details, saying, "movies I think about as I make #TheWolverine : Eastwood's Josie Wales, Powell's Back Narcissus, Hitchcock's Rear Window, Marnie, Vertigo" and "Today I am starting an intense set piece of action and drama at the Yashida Compound set. Logan, Yukio and Shingen."
Another tweet includes the promise that "Amazing images are being made."
The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, and Rila Fukushima. "The Wolverine" opens July 26, 2013.