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Hugh Jackman brings The Wolverine Down Under

Apr. 20, 2012by:

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No, Hugh Jackman hasn't convinced anyone to abandon THE WOLVERINE's previously-planned story setting of Japan in favor of the Outback - rather, production has simply elected to shoot in Sydney, Australia.

While the original plan was to shoot in Japan, certain forces of nature prevented that from being at all feasible.  Vancouver was looked at for a while, but director James Mangold (3:10 TO YUMA) and Co. have elected instead to film (way) down south with a brief stint in the US.  "The Wolverine is expected to generate more than $80 million in production expenditure in NSW [New South Wales] and create more than 720 jobs for NSW-based cast and crew, along with opportunities for 1200 extras," said New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.  "It is a testament to our screen industry that Hugh Jackman and his team have chosen to come back to Australia after such a positive experience making the X-Men Origins."

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If nothing else, we have the fact that Jackman really loves the character of Wolverine and the world he lives in.  That passion counts for a lot in my book, making even the lackluster entries in the X-MEN movie cannon worth a shot.  "I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world full of honour and tradition and customs.  The idea of the samurai too, and the tradition there - it's really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai - not even mutants."

After a long wait, Jackman's Wolverine at last returns on July 26th, 2013.

And in a way, it's a shame we won't be seeing Lynn Collins return as Kayla Silverfox:

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Extra Tidbit: I knew Gavin Hood had some trouble handling the filming of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, but I didn't realize that "the producers had to bring in Superman director Richard Donner to help finish the movie." Whoa.
Source: News.com.au

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11:08AM on 04/23/2012
I cannot wait! Hugh Jackman has so much love for this character, and that's a huge deal. and as for Lynn Collins, She is the new Wonder Woman, hands down!!!
I cannot wait! Hugh Jackman has so much love for this character, and that's a huge deal. and as for Lynn Collins, She is the new Wonder Woman, hands down!!!
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1:03PM on 04/21/2012
Looking forward to this!
Looking forward to this!
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5:33AM on 04/21/2012
the Last Samurai was shot in NSW. I bought that.
the Last Samurai was shot in NSW. I bought that.
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1:24AM on 04/21/2012
Logan in Japan! Hugh is still the perfect Logan. I really think this is a can't miss and it going to surprise the doubters bigtime.
Logan in Japan! Hugh is still the perfect Logan. I really think this is a can't miss and it going to surprise the doubters bigtime.
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12:30AM on 04/21/2012
Wolverine is back, that's always good in my book. Hope they won't screw up this movie this time around......
Wolverine is back, that's always good in my book. Hope they won't screw up this movie this time around......
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8:51PM on 04/20/2012
Still pissed Arnofksky isn't directing, let's hope they don't fuck up this one too!
Still pissed Arnofksky isn't directing, let's hope they don't fuck up this one too!
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12:09PM on 04/20/2012
Japan is such a distinct, unique and vibrant place. There's a certain energy and hyperactivity about it that's juxtaposed with serenity and culture. Yeah, this sounds really verbose, but there's something about it that's hard to capture in a simulated environment. It's kind of like how any Chinatown anywhere isn't exactly like China. I hope they at least make extensive research visits to Japan and try their best to capture its essence on film. I'm not going to write this movie off though, and I
Japan is such a distinct, unique and vibrant place. There's a certain energy and hyperactivity about it that's juxtaposed with serenity and culture. Yeah, this sounds really verbose, but there's something about it that's hard to capture in a simulated environment. It's kind of like how any Chinatown anywhere isn't exactly like China. I hope they at least make extensive research visits to Japan and try their best to capture its essence on film. I'm not going to write this movie off though, and I hope it turns out really great.
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10:07AM on 04/20/2012
the origin movie had some good parts, but sucked for the most part. especially the ending. but jackman is a great wolvie and i won't say no to seeing this.

and anything can be faked now. CGI can make baton rouge look like montana.
the origin movie had some good parts, but sucked for the most part. especially the ending. but jackman is a great wolvie and i won't say no to seeing this.

and anything can be faked now. CGI can make baton rouge look like montana.
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9:07AM on 04/20/2012

You can't fake Japan...

So Japan is going to look a bit more Australian... I am doubtful that they can reproduce the exotic visuals of Japan on a soundstage or in the Australian outback...
So Japan is going to look a bit more Australian... I am doubtful that they can reproduce the exotic visuals of Japan on a soundstage or in the Australian outback...
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12:05PM on 04/20/2012
Dude it's Hollywood, and you can fake anything. I'd love the authenticity of shooting in Japan as well, but if this was the worst thing to happen to the movie, I'm not really complaining all that much.
Dude it's Hollywood, and you can fake anything. I'd love the authenticity of shooting in Japan as well, but if this was the worst thing to happen to the movie, I'm not really complaining all that much.
12:29AM on 04/21/2012
I believe Hollywood "faked" Japan with New Zealand (?) outback in The Last Samurai, and it looked fine to me.
I believe Hollywood "faked" Japan with New Zealand (?) outback in The Last Samurai, and it looked fine to me.
9:00AM on 04/20/2012
Unbreakable bones or not, I bet a lot of people had unbreakable boners after seeing that pic of Lynn Collins. Hothothothot.
Unbreakable bones or not, I bet a lot of people had unbreakable boners after seeing that pic of Lynn Collins. Hothothothot.
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