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07.19.2007by:
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It looks like we might get our favorite adamantium-clawed mutant in theaters next year after all! The WOLVERINE solo movie now officially has a director, and it's... Gavin Hood?

Yep, the South African director of the acclaimed TSOTSI will delve into the labyrinthine past of Logan's time as a Weapon X experiment and his subsequent memory loss. As previously rumored, star Hugh Jackman will finish up work on Baz Luhrmann's AUSTRALIA by November and then immediately start slashing through David Benioff's script, which takes the character back to his early paramilitary days with X2 villain Stryker.

Certainly not someone you might expect a studio to slap into that role Ratner-style, but Hood's upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal/Reese Witherspoon espionage thriller RENDITION was apparently the convincer for Fox (who I bet will be at Comic Con after all in light of this announcement). And since Jackman is producing the movie as well, he likely had plenty to say on the subject of director (and the buzzed DJ Caruso and Len Wiseman obviously didn't meet his standards). Color me intrigued, true believers!
Extra Tidbit: Characters from Wolvie's comic history that made it into Benioff's script include Sabretooth, Blob, Silver Fox and John Wraith.
Source: Variety

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9:55AM on 07/21/2007

If they had....

Sabertooth, Omega Red, Maverick, and Deadpool would help make a great Wolverine movie. WIth Blob, Silver Fox, Sabertooth, and John Wraith the movie could go either way. I really enjoyed all 3 X-Films. Yes even the third one. So I have faith the Wolverine movie will be good.
Sabertooth, Omega Red, Maverick, and Deadpool would help make a great Wolverine movie. WIth Blob, Silver Fox, Sabertooth, and John Wraith the movie could go either way. I really enjoyed all 3 X-Films. Yes even the third one. So I have faith the Wolverine movie will be good.
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9:08AM on 07/20/2007

Ummm

Where did Blob fit in the Weapon X storyline? Wasn't he just in the circus? Although he should put in Maverick because he was a part of Logan's team. Deadpool would be a nice addition, although it'd work on his own film, who'd be a good choice for him?
Where did Blob fit in the Weapon X storyline? Wasn't he just in the circus? Although he should put in Maverick because he was a part of Logan's team. Deadpool would be a nice addition, although it'd work on his own film, who'd be a good choice for him?
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3:39AM on 07/20/2007

What about the script?

Well, at least it's not some Rent-A-Hack director (Ratner, I'm looking at you).

But I'm still worried about that script (last I heard, young Wolvie's origin was no longer set in 1800s Canada, what with him now fighting high school football players and such...)
Well, at least it's not some Rent-A-Hack director (Ratner, I'm looking at you).

But I'm still worried about that script (last I heard, young Wolvie's origin was no longer set in 1800s Canada, what with him now fighting high school football players and such...)
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1:42AM on 07/20/2007
This is fantastic news! I was getting worried that Ratner would end up directing this. I haven't had a chance to see Tsotsi yet, but I've heard nothing but great things. Hell, it won a frickin' Oscar! And with all those characters making appearances, this movie is going to kick ass! Can't wait!
This is fantastic news! I was getting worried that Ratner would end up directing this. I haven't had a chance to see Tsotsi yet, but I've heard nothing but great things. Hell, it won a frickin' Oscar! And with all those characters making appearances, this movie is going to kick ass! Can't wait!
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1:22AM on 07/20/2007

bad-fucking-ass!

I had no idea Blob was in the script. Blob kicks some ridiculous ass. I really hope they allow him a personality and don't throw him into non-character limbo.
I had no idea Blob was in the script. Blob kicks some ridiculous ass. I really hope they allow him a personality and don't throw him into non-character limbo.
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1:07AM on 07/20/2007
Tsotsi was a GREAT film... it'd be interesting to see Gavin head this project. I'm interested.
Tsotsi was a GREAT film... it'd be interesting to see Gavin head this project. I'm interested.
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12:23AM on 07/20/2007

interesting

It's always cool when studios find offbeat but solid talent to put behind a popcorn movie. Makes things a bit unpredictable, and that's always better than the alternative (and don't bring up the Hulk because I'm still not entirely convinced that it was a waste, just more arty than fans were comfortable with).
It's always cool when studios find offbeat but solid talent to put behind a popcorn movie. Makes things a bit unpredictable, and that's always better than the alternative (and don't bring up the Hulk because I'm still not entirely convinced that it was a waste, just more arty than fans were comfortable with).
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1:50AM on 07/20/2007

i'm officially

scratching my head. Bear in mind I haven't seen TSOTSI (weren't Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange in that?) and I have no idea how good it is, but for Caruso (who really made a great great film in THE SALTON SEA and got some really big box office with DISTURBIA) and Wiseman (who has a very compelling and kinetic visual style that was displayed in the UNDERWORLD films and really has a good sense of action set pieces), I hope that this guy brings something to the table that could really make this
scratching my head. Bear in mind I haven't seen TSOTSI (weren't Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange in that?) and I have no idea how good it is, but for Caruso (who really made a great great film in THE SALTON SEA and got some really big box office with DISTURBIA) and Wiseman (who has a very compelling and kinetic visual style that was displayed in the UNDERWORLD films and really has a good sense of action set pieces), I hope that this guy brings something to the table that could really make this work. And I was reeeeeallly hoping this would be more Claremont/Miller limited series with Logan going all samurai rather than a bunch of evil mutants and evil government agents. Been there, done that.
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