It seems that X-Men prequel-sequel, The Wolverine has finally sharpened its admantium claws, ready to finally slice its way into filming.
After years of obstacles which included the exit of director, Darren Aronofsky (James Mangold has since taken the chair), the recent exit of would-be villainess, Jessica Biel, along with various delays and timing issues, the sequel to 2009 X-prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is officially a go when filming starts at the beginning of August in Hugh Jackman's home country of Australia.
What will this mean for the film that for years has been teased to adapt the famous 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller which takes place in Japan?
In a welcome that was certainly not understated, the production of The Wolverine was greeted with an announcement by Australia Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who confirmed that the $100+ million film would be coming to the Land Down Under, shooting at Fox Studio in Sydney.
On top of that, the PM would be providing the film a $12.8 million grant, accompanied by what is said to be a generous location tax rebate.
While that's all well and good, fans are probably wondering how authentic the Japan-centric film, which at one point was set to physically shoot in Japan, will come across while shooting inside a studio in Australia?
According to director, James Mangold:
"It speaks to the incredible craftsmanship [here] that we can make so much of Japan - feudal Japan, urban Japan, sets - all here on our soundstages in Australia."
Additionally, the years of delays certainly has not dampened Hugh Jackman's enthusiasm as he has gone on record saying that:
"I have been working for 12 years on the Wolverine character and while the franchise will go well beyond me, it really has been the backbone of my career.” Adding that he will call it quits “when I stop loving it."
The Wolverine is currently set to Fastball Special its way into theaters on July 26, 2013.