Variety reports that South African director Gavin Hood is set to helm the WOLVERINE x-spin-off. Hood’s TSOTSI won an Oscar for Best Foriegn film.
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.
Using several resources that include the Marvel Comics lore, along with the more recent Weapon X graphic novels by Frank Miller, “Wolverine” mixes action with an origin story about how Logan emerged from a barbaric experiment as an indestructible mutant with retractable razor-sharp claws.
Film begins lensing in 08 with Hugh Jackman returning as Wolvie.