Posted on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 by David Chen
Just yesterday, the fact that Gavin Hood was going to be filming reshoots of Wolverine: X-Men Origins lit up the internet and created rampant speculation on dozens of movie blogs (including our own) about what his meant for the film. Apparently Hugh Jackman himself has been reading some of these comments (at least the ones over at Ain’t It Cool News) and has written Harry Knowles an e-mail responding to some of the poisonous sentiment:
Hey everyone -
It’s Hugh Jackman, sending this note from freezing Vancouver. I have read a lot of your online comments regarding the footage that we are currently shooting and I share your passion for the Wolverine character and the movie – I owe it all to you guys!
I wanted to reach out and let you know that due to scheduling conflicts with certain cast members and location/weather considerations, we had to wait until now to shoot a couple of scenes. Please rest assured that WOLVERINE will be badass and hopefully meet all of your expectations. I am stoked by the positive response to the teaser, which clearly reflects the tone and scope of the film. If you like that, we’ve got much more in store!
In the meantime, here’s an exclusive shot of some characters you may recognize…
[Head on over to AICN to see the publicity still Hugh is talking about. Apparently everyone except Wolverine has something stuck on their shoe]
Knowles himself doesn’t buy the story wholeheartedly, saying, “[Y]ou should know that officially this is what is happening. You won’t hear from any official source the problems that have occurred on this film” (emphasis mine). Nonetheless, Knowles was optimstic, adding, “DARK KNIGHT’s rather phenomenal success is helping the creatives behind WOLVERINE to unleash the sort of Wolverine that we’re hoping for.”
I would wager that having Jackman personally respond to comments about the reshoots is either a genuine move by Jackman to assuage fan fears about the film, or a desperate play on Fox’s part to tamp down the existing negative buzz (or maybe a combination of both). In any case, feel free to continue the speculation in the comments below.