First, the director quit. Then the location for filming had to be changed. Now the script for the new Wolverine movie is getting a rewrite.
Variety reports that Mark Bomback, whose credits include the upcoming Total Recall remake and director Bryan Singer’s fantasy Jack the Giant Killer, has been hired to rewrite the script for The Wolverine that was originally turned in by Christopher McQuarrie way back when Darren Aronofsky was still directing this thing.
After all, since shooting is delayed until 2012 anyway, why not have some dude who wrote Live Free or Die Hard come in and tinker with what’s reportedly a good script already?
The synopsis for the movie says that the story “will find Wolverine suffering from amnesia and searching for answers about his past in the Japanese criminal underworld where he finds both love and tragedy.”
At least we know the picture is still set in Japan, meaning it’s still related somehow to the classic comic book arc created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. In fact, Variety adds that the entire cast will consist of Japanese or Japanese-American actors with the exception of Viper, who’s the secretary for Japan’s Minister of Justice. It’s not clear if this is the same Viper who becomes Madame Hydra in the Marvel comic book universe.
Production will take place mainly in Vancouver, with some filming to be done in Tokyo, and will start early next year with James Mangold directing and Hugh Jackman, of course, returning as Wolverine. No release date yet, but if you put your money on summer 2013 you’d probably win.