Friday, 27 July 2007

Well, what would you prefer? Yellow spandex?

Gavin Hood has won direction duties for Twentieth Century Fox's movie Wolverine, which will star Hugh Jackman.
Apparently there was some sort of ‘Director Idol’ held by the studio. Sources say Fox went with Hood, who won the Foreign Language Oscar in 2005 for Tsotsi, after seeing his latest Oscar baiting film Rendition. Rendition is the politically-charged New Line drama, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, and Peter Sarsgaard, and will be premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Back to Wolverine. The film has been written by David Benioff (minus “Troy” that would be a good thing), and will tell the story of how Logan emerged from a barbaric experiment as an indestructible mutant with retractable razor-sharp claws.
A 2008 release is scheduled.
As much as I love Wolverine, I would like to see some of the other X-Men in this as well. There are nothing if not a team.
I am currently reading Ultimate X-Men and think it would make a wonderful series. I like the idea of the X-Men being teenagers trying to come to terms with controlling their powers.

The Comics are very well written and the styling of Storm is fierce. Half the time she looks like one of the female warriors from "Sin City", the other half she oozes nobility.
Makes you forget ole Halle and her barely-there acting style.
When you go back to the source material, especially with Storm, you see what an amazing power she actually had, the many varied ways she could use it. I would love them to some how bring back Storm, and of course cast a different actress. She really does deserve her own film, and her back story is fantastic. She was always in total control of her power, and the most confident of the X-Men
Makes what they did with her in the films embarrassing.
(Storm deserves mention because she was one of the first black comic book characters, and the first black female, to play a role in the big two comic book houses, Marvel Comics and DC Comics.)

The best thing about the comics however is the fact that they have decided to make Colossus gay and give him a bf. This was a really sweet touch and nice step forward that they made the strongest of the X-Men gay. Trying to break taboo’s, and get the young readers educated.
Also for us gay boys, it is a fantasy come true. Be still my beating groin.

I doubt that will ever make it to main stream TV/film. But since Wolverine is, we will have to sigh at the specimine that is Hugh Jackman.
Perhaps if the director is able to make this film a success, we will see the X-men take off again in film. I imagine each character getting their own film and making appearances in the others. That is something that I would get excited about.
Can you imagine entire films based around Storm, Rogue (in the comics she is fierce), Night Crawler, Colossus, Mystique? I am giddy at the thought.

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