So when is that second Wolverine film 20th Century Fox has been wanting to make actually going to get in front of cameras? The studio had been looking at getting the project into production sometime during the fall, though they never had a firm start date. Now, Deadline is reporting that the studio may push that start back to next spring.
The problem with getting a firm production start date set lies in the fact that the film is set mostly in Japan and Fox is having some problem locking down filming locations in that country “because of weather-related considerations.” Reportedly the studio is now looking at splitting production between locations in Japan and Canada. However, it is also being reported that Wolverine will have to wait until Jackman is done with his work on Les Miserable.
It must be frustrating for Fox that it is taking so long to get this film into production. The first X-Men Origins: Wolverine grossed$373 million at the worldwide box office despite, or perhaps because, of a well publicized online leak of the film just a few weeks before its theatrical release. Just this summer the most recent X-Men franchise installment First Class drew $350 million, so there is definitely still an appetite for the films among moviegoers. The film is set to be directed by James Mangold, who stepped into the position after Darren Aronofsky dropped out of the project.