The Scorecard Review news
News: The sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine may not start filming this fall, as originally planned. Instead, the Christopher McQuarrie script directed by James Mangold would be shot in Spring 2012. Due to “weather-related considerations,” the script that mostly takes place Japan might be shot in Japan, Canada, or even just Canada.
Thoughts by TSR: Since this movie is hardly into the production process, I don’t feel like this is much of a difference. Okay, so it won’t shoot this fall, but instead next spring. In movie math, that probably changes the possible release date from summer 2012 to now even summer 2013. (Let’s be honest, it’s going to come out in the summer, I don’t care what year it is). Either way, this movie has hardly gotten off the ground, (to 20th Century’s teeth gnashing, apparently), and it looks like it will just stay there for a bit longer.
Will the “wait” be worth it? Tough to say. Christopher McQuarrie is certainly a writer worthy of a mention whenever important scripters might be mentioned, and James Mangold has some solid action experience with 3:10 to Yuma. However, recently they’ve been a little shaky – McQuarrie’s writing for The Tourist didn’t save it from being a running joke at the Golden Globes, and his co-writing work for Valkyrie made for a polarizing experience. On Mangold’s angle, Knight and Day just wasn’t very special. (I wonder if McQuarrie and Mangold will ever sit down and complain about Tom Cruise fumbling their work?)
Regardless, it’s another Wolverine movie, which should be worth at least one trip to the movies (I happened to have enjoyed the first movie as solid popcorn fare). Perhaps McQuarrie will rescue the beloved franchise character from action clichés like “Walking away from a big explosion.” Or, perhaps he’ll give us just that.
Either way, we’ve got some more time to bide before we see Wolverine again. And if this movie does end up filming in Spring of 2012, we can be almost certain he’ll be going up against movies like Superman: Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and even The Smurfs 2 in 2013.