According to previous reports, Fox was looking at a Fall 2011 start date for the Christopher McQuarrie script for Wolverine 2 starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold. It now looks like production will not begin until the Spring of 2012.
Even though the studio says it never gave an official production start date, there are many rumored factors that would push back the start date. The bulk of the screenplay takes place in Japan, and most of the shooting would be on location. According to studio insiders, it’s currently very difficult to find suitable shoot locations in Japan due to all of the weather-related considerations and current rebuilding process. It is now being rumored that the shooting will take place in Canada in conjunction with a secondary filming location.
The other factor that is being rumored to affect the start date is that production will wait until after Jackman finishes making Les Miserables.
The production has already faced some set backs, when Darren Aronofsky bowed out as director in March. By June, 20th Century Fox found their director after one of the most highly anticipated announcements of the summer. That set up the studio thinking that it could begin production in the fall.
The studio is obviously anxious to get the second showing of the Wolverine franchise as soon as possible so they can capitalize on the current hype surrounding the popularity of the recently released X-men: First Class and it’s well placed Wolverine cameo.
Do you think it’s going to end up being to little, too late?