Anyone who was afraid that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was going to be too toned down to make a good film can take some comfort in the latest news. According to Collider, the prequel to the X-Men films is going in to reshoots, but with director Gavin Hood still at the helm.
Initial reports from the set of the film suggested that Hood had come into conflict with the studio over the tone of the film, so many are hopeful that these re-shoots are to allow the director to bring the film back in line with his original concept. In light of the studio's conflicts with Warner Brothers over Watchmen, and the failure of their recent string of superhero movies, including the less than stellar Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, this may show that Fox is turning a corner and is going to try to give fans more of what they expect from their superheroic fare.
That said, officially, Fox claims that the reshoots were always planned, and were intended to capture precise weather conditions in Vancouver. We'll find out more as we get closer to the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Leading up to the events of X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits theaters May 1st, 2009.