The future “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” sequel movie, starring actor Hugh Jackman (photo), will not be filmed in Japan, but in Australia. The decision was taken by 20th Century Fox and could have to do with a $12.8 million subsidy awarded by the Australian government for the production.
The Wolverine was supposed to be filmed in Japan, but problems related to last year’s natural disasters forced the producers to look for other solutions. Canada was one of the alternatives discussed.
In a statement, Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and arts minister Simon Crean said that the subsidy should help create “over $80 million of investment in Australia and create more than 2,000 jobs.” The government insists that this is a one-time deal, but many in the Australian film industry hope the project could attract other film productions in the country.
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was filmed in Australia in 2008 as well. The sequel, simply titled “The Wolverine”, will begin production in Sydney in July and the film should be ready for release one year later.
The new movie will be set in Japan and incorporate elements of ninja storyline. In the movie, Jackman, 42, will fight Silver Samurai, the mutant son of the former Japanese crimelord Shingen Harada.