Wolverine Reshoots Good or Bad?
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Here's what I think is humorous about the production of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. All the rumors direct from the set/production claim that not everything was hunky-dory while filming. Coming off X3, fans of the franchise should worry some about the rumors, as Fox currently seems incapable of releasing a great blockbuster film. Romantic comedies they still do pretty well, but somehow can't get back onboard with this sort of genre. As a matter of fact, Fox's biggest blockbuster this year might turn out to be Watchmen, something they had no part in during the production phase. But I digress...
Fans worries should have been squelched quite a bit with the release of the film's first trailer. Everything looked good, really good. It looked like a return to good storytelling, real drama, and badass action sequences. But, for some reason, those early rumors still remain in the back of our minds. We've been given some firsthand proof that Wolverine can be great, and we still doubt it thanks to hinted production woes. Or do we still not trust Fox's ability to create a big-budget actioner?
Either way, the X-Men Origins franchise is looking to take another negative hit with news that extensive re-shoots are taking place.
Latest Photo for X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The good people at Collider have confirmed with sources that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is back filming. These aren't small edits either, as just about every person on the callsheet has been called back.
As for the production, everyone (and by "everyone", I mean the world of online film journalists) knows that Gavin Hood was not getting to make the movie he wanted while on set. There have been reports of Fox basically going around Hood and micro-managing like they always do. Example: some sets were re-painted because it's what the execs wanted, not what Hood wanted.
Matt (@Collider) follows the report up with a good question. Will Wolverine be fu*king epic or something more like Fantastic 4; which, mind you, was also Fox.
Remaining optimistic, I can't conclude that the re-shoots are not necessarily bad. Take a look at this summer. Fox's biggest tentpole this year could be Watchmen. How embarrassing is that? While in full support of the Warner Bros-distributed film, Fox has to be hoping that Wolverine can post similar numbers at the box office. Considering the strong fanbase, even an okay installment should do great. But will it be enough to keep a franchise up and running?
Seeing that they are running out of franchises to destroy, I like to assume that Fox has decided to remove their vise-like grip from the Wolverine creation process and have allowed Gavin Hood to get back behind the camera to do things his way.
Since it has been suggested that these 're-shoots' are actually new scenes to better fill the film's content, I can only assume that this will be for the better. If spending a bit more means making a sub-par movie into a great film, I'm all for it.
Then again, expect many of us to be incredibly critical of the film's next trailer.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens to theaters on May 1st.
For the trailers, stills and more movie info, go to the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Page.
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