X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood is finally speaking publicly about the highly circulated rumors that the film production suffered from constant interference from Fox Chairman Tom Rothman. While Hood admits that he “didn’t always agree” with Rothman, he claims that he “never had a stand-up fight” with Rothman.
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One can only imagine what it feels like to be among the few to experience footage from James Cameron‘s Avatar. Moreover, how would one convey the privy mind explosion to the 99.9% of Joe Six-Packs out there? IESB spoke with 20th Century Fox co-chairman, Tom Rothman, about the 2009 film (we need a new word) and he summed it up as “the coolest shit I’ve ever seen.” That’s one way. He also clarified that Avatar is not the most expensive movie ever produced by the studio, and discussed its franchise potential…
So, potentially, this is a franchise?
Tom Rothman: If it does well, yes, absolutely, in terms of an arena a whole new world. But for us, it isn’t any of that, it isn’t even the technology, it isn’t even the look and the world all of which is the coolest shit I’ve ever seen, it isn’t even any of that, it’s that it’s a great story. It’s just a great story. You read the story and you are gripped by every page, it’s just a great, original story with tremendously, classic emotional value.”
Hold on. Does Rothman’s comment mean we now have to contemplate Avatar 2? These remarks can be interpreted to mean a “franchise” in terms of unrelated films utilizing the groundbreaking technology, but Rothman added that Cameron makes hits and he expects this to be “the beginning.” Please exit my brain, “constantly expanding universe,” I have to make room for a (im)possible sequel to 3D cinemageddon.
The Wolverine situation is something that movie journalists have been talking about since February. You probably didn’t notice because most of us didn’t write about it. And even now, I’m not exactly sure what I could or should say. So I’ll just relay the RUMOR that Jeff Wells is reporting on Hollywood Elsewhere.
The basic gist is that Fox co-chairman and CEO Tom Rothman has been going around director Gavin Hood in an attempt to make X-Men Origins: Wolverine a more kid-friendly film. Wells’ source claims that when Hood left a set which was being prepped for a “dark, dinghy and somber” look, only to return to something much brighter and totally different than he had planned.
I’m not sure this story is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me considering all the behind-the-scenes bickering that has been rumored. For instance, in March, Dark Horizons reported that Richard Donner had been put on set as “some sort of directing consultant”. Fox later downplayed the rumor claiming that Donner also was on set for the X-Men films. I’m sure this rumor will also be denied.