Long-in-the-making "prequel-sequel," The Wolverine may have hit yet another snag in its attempt to get rolling. Yes, it seems that the film will once more be delayed.
We had previously thought that the film was set to go for this Fall, but if the latest report from Deadline proves true, then star, Hugh Jackman won't get to shed his claws in the front of the camera until Spring of 2012.
Additionally, it appears that the original aim of the film to actually shoot the Japan-set prequel in Japan is beginning to look unfeasible due to weather conditions and they may have to ship the production up to Canada. Or, in the very least, shoot between countries.
Will any mutant healing factor be enough to fix this film?
Having already cemented its status as one of the most delay-plagued films in recent years, The Wolverine had to endure the exit of director, Darren Aronofsky earlier this year and watch as a tsunami devastated its primary shooting location in Japan. (Of course, the people of Japan were the ones who truly "endured.")
Now, well into the last quarter of 2011, current director, James Mangold could now be looking at a complete shifting of the production, which at one time, looked ready to start shooting in the beginning of the year. While the film will obviously still be set in Japan, it's possible that those paper doors and pagodas might have to come to life through elaborate sets and opportunistic shots of the Canadian countryside.
As for Jackman, he's finishing up his role on Les Miserables, but evidence in recent interviews has shown that the subject of The Wolverine has become kind of a sore spot for the actor, who had been geared-up to go for quite some time, now. It appears that the intense workout regimen, which will have him at a size bigger than ever, will once again resume.
Perhaps, the delay may end up a blessing in disguise. If the film had shot this year and ended up hitting theaters in 2012, it would find itself among a lot bigger fish in the superhero genre. (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, etc.) It's therefore possible that greener pastures await it in a 2013 release.