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A new report suggests production on the final Wolverine film and the first Avatar sequel is edging closer...
Both Avatar 2 and The Wolverine 3 are sequels that seem to be without shooting start dates. James Cameron has been working on his three planned Avatar sequels for many years now, without any obvious sign that they're going in front of the cameras. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman has been insistent that his Wolverine swansong - to be directed by James Mangold - wouldn't enter production until the script was where it needed to be.
In fact, Jackman revealed just last week that he's back doing the required physical work to become Wolverine for the final time, and he also said that the screenplay was very close to where they needed it to be. Now we learn that The Wolverine 3 is likely to start shooting at the end of April, with »
Thanks to My Entertainment World, we’ve got details on production start dates for some of 2017’s big hitters.
The Scarlett Johansson-headlined Ghost in the Shell, which is set to be directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will begin filming this month in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai.
Also set to commence production this month is the Fifty Shades of Grey follow-up Fifty Shades Darker, which sees Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson returning as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele alongside new addition Kim Basinger.
The release date of Avatar 2 may have been pushed back due to Star Wars: Episode VIII, but James Cameron will reportedly start shooting the follow-up to the highest-grossing film of all time in New Zealand in April.
- Gary Collinson
Arguably two of the biggest sequels teetering on the edge of entering production, in a comprehensive report detailing upcoming start dates, My Entertainment World has seemingly revealed that Wolverine 3 and James Cameron’s long-delayed Avatar 2 will leap in front of the cameras come April.
Recently pushed out of its tentative December 2017 release window – likely to make room for Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – Cameron’s sci-fi follow-up has struggled to nail down a concrete production timeline up until now. Now, however, My Entertainment World claims that the director’s trip to Pandora will begin filming in New Zealand in only a few months’ time. No word yet on whether Cameron will remain committed to filming three sequels back-to-back, though we’ll keep you updated as Avatar 2 inches closer to firing up production.
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- Michael Briers
This year is shaping up to be a big one for 20th Century Fox, with the release of highly-anticipated superhero movies such as Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse. This year will also be huge for the studio as a number of other big projects starts production. Today we have start dates for three of the studio's biggest movies, Wolverine 3, Avatar 2 and Alien: Covenant. All three of these movies start filming in April, albeit in different locations around the globe, according to My Entertainment World.
Wolverine 3 is reportedly set to start filming on April 25 in New Orleans and Mexico. Star Hugh Jackman revealed last week that the script was finished, although he wouldn't say exactly when production will get started. The actor is currently the only confirmed cast member at this time, but it is believed that Patrick Stewart will also be back as Professor X. No story details have been confirmed yet. »
Last year it was revealed that Hugh Jackman is set to unsheathe his adamantium claws one final time in 2017 as he reprises the role of Logan for the as-yet-untitled Wolverine 3, which will reteam him with The Wolverine director James Mangold.
Speaking to Collider to promote his new film Eddie the Eagle, Jackman has spoken about his last X-Men outing, revealing that the script is all but complete, but he’s wanting to have it perfected before they push ahead into production.
“We have a script. A full script. To tell you, two days ago I got that the full finished—well, it’s not finished, but we’re getting super close—as you can see by the rate of my facial hair. That might give you a good clue that perhaps…yeah, it’s sooner rather than later. I don’t have a firm date yet. My thing and I »
- Gary Collinson
In a recent Deadpool promo, Ryan Reynolds took a few good-natured jabs at his old X-Men Origins: Wolverine pal Hugh Jackman and Wade Wilson's much maligned appearance in the movie. Yahoo! caught up with the Aussie actor at Sundance where he's promoting his new film, Eddie The Eage, and asked him for his take on the hilarious video. “Love it. It’s just brilliant. I mean, I love Ryan, he’s a good mate of mine. He’s so fantastic,” Jackman replied - but couldn't help getting a little shot of his own in when asked if Wolvie would take the Merc With a Mouth in a fight. “A hundred percent,” he replied with a grin. Much has been made of Jackaman's next appearance as the clawed mutant in James Mangold's The Wolverine follow-up being his last, but it sounds like he wouldn't mind taking another crack at »
The Wolverine 3 has a finished script, but if it doesn't start shooting soon, that March 2017 release date might just change...
On the promotional trail for the upcoming Eddie The Eagle movie, Hugh Jackman has been nattering about the current state of The Wolverine 3. This is the film that's set to see Jackman hang up his Wolverine claws for good, and with production due to start later this year.
"We have a script", Jackman has now revealed to Collider. "A full script. To tell you, two days ago I got that the full finished - well, it’s not finished, but we’re getting super close - as you can see by the rate of my facial hair. That might give you a good clue that perhaps… yeah, it’s sooner rather than later".
We didn't see Hugh Jackman's facial hair ourselves, but we can imagine that he has some. »
Last week, Deadpool released a new promo vid in which he made a few gags about his oft-derided scenes as Wade Wilson alongside Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and while promoting his new movie Eddie The Eagle at Sundance, Yahoo! asked Jackman if he had a response.
The Aussie actor was as jovial as ever about it, but couldn’t resist getting a little dig of his own in at the same time.
Love it. It’s just brilliant. I mean, I love Ryan, he’s a good mate of mine. He’s so fantastic,” Jackman answered cheerily. But does he think Wolverine would still be able to take down Deadpool? “A hundred percent,” a grinning Jackman replied without missing a beat.
- Mark Cassidy
Within the next few years, 20th Century Fox's X-Men universe will undergo some interesting changes. Later this year, fans will be introduced to the Merc With the Mouth with the studio's R-rated Deadpool, while, at the same time, the X-Men prequel trilogy will come to a close with X-Men: Apocalypse. Next year, fans will also bid farewell to Hugh Jackman's iconic Wolverine character with the highly-anticipated Wolverine 3. 20th Century Fox has set a March 3, 2017 release date, but we still don't know when shooting will take place. Hugh Jackman recently spoke to Collider at the Sundance Film Festival, where he revealed that the script is complete.
"We have a script. A full script. To tell you, two days ago I got that the full finished-well, it's not finished, but we're getting super close-as you can see by the rate of my facial hair. That might give you a good clue that perhaps. »
At the Sundance Film Festival this week to promote the "Eddie the Eagle" biopic alongside Taron Egerton, actor Hugh Jackman has spoken with Collider about the upcoming third standalone "Wolverine" movie and the last time the actor will take on the role of the triple-clawed mutant.
The film is currently set for a March 3rd 2017 release under the helm of James Mangold, but beyond that there's nothing really set in the way of dates or details. Asked where things stand now, Jackman says:
"We have a script. A full script. Actually, two days ago, I got the full, full, full finished--i mean it's not finished--but we're getting super close, as you can see by the rate of my facial hair. that might give you a clue that perhaps it's sooner rather than later.
I don't have a firm date yet. My thing is, I've told you, and I've told everyone. »
- Garth Franklin
One of the best American suspense films of the last ten years sneaks onto VOD, iTunes, and Netflix streaming this week as director Phil Joanou’s The Veil arrives courtesy of Universal and Blumhouse. A movie in the subgenre that James Mangold once referred to as “the cinema of unease,” it’s a slow burn horror flick that skillfully utilizes the Blumhouse production model (which yielded The Purge, Sinister, and The Visit) to tell a slightly more ambitious – though no less unsettling – tale. Working from a subtle, complex, and ruthlessly original script by Robert Ben Garant, Joanou tells the story […] »
- Jim Hemphill
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