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Gavin Hood already has an indie following from his Oscar winning film Tsotsi. His first studio film, Rendition, has some buzz going, but nothing compares to the heat of being announced as the director of Wolverine. Even Hood joked about "selling out."
Gavin Hood on Wolverine
"I love Wolverine partly because it will pay my [daughters'] college fund," said Hood. "I'm doing it because that's the cynical answer."
But Gavin Hood is too principled to do a movie just for the money, so he found a way to make Wolverine sound artistic. "You want to know why Gavin Hood is interested as somebody who loves actors and emotions? Looking at it more closely, and I was raised on Greek mythology, not comics. I happen to be a big fan of the X-Men movies because I think those, especially what Bryan Singer did, those are movies about prejudice. They are movies about absence of prejudice and they happen to be done in a very accessible and commercial way. So I think there's a great deal of themes and ideas to explore in Wolverine beyond just three claws."
And that, folks, is as far as Hood has thought about Wolverine. "I don't know anything about the details of the movie yet but we're involved in the casting process. We will not know for a good couple of months. We start shooting the film in December, possibly January. We're very involved in the prep process now and will be casting over the next couple of months. Not this week. Right now I'm still doing Rendition. That's all I can say."
Hood did confirm he is shooting for a PG-13 rating and has his production schedule pretty much set. "Probably three or four months. Four months, about four months of shooting. It will be in Australia and New Zealand and a lot of it in the Fox Studios in Sydney. That's as much as I can give you."