Hugh Jackman brings The Wolverine Down Under
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."
|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.|