Twentieth Century Fox has announced Gavin Hood will be directing the X-Men spin-off movie Wolverine staring Hugh Jackman. The movie begins production this November and is scheduled to debut in 2008.
Hood is the South African director whose 2005 film “Tsotsi” won the foreign film Oscar. He was among several hot young directors vying for “Wolverine” and sources said Fox brass was swayed after viewing his latest film, “Rendition,” the politically charged New Line drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Peter Sarsgaard. It opens Oct. 19 and premieres at Toronto.
Wolverine will be an origin story telling how he came into being, and will be diving into Marvel lore and Frank Miller’s Weapon X series for inspiration.
Wolverine is written by David Beniofff, with Hugh Jackman reprising his role as the indestructible mutant.