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Origins: Wolverine is an upcoming superhero film based
on the fictional Marvel Comics character Wolverine,
due for release on May 1, 2009. The film is directed
by Gavin Hood and stars Hugh Jackman as the title
character. It is a prequel to the X-Men film trilogy,
focusing on the mutant Wolverine and his time with
Team X, before Wolverine's skeleton was bonded with
the indestructible metal adamantium. The film was
mostly shot in Australia and New Zealand.
roughly twenty years before X-Men, the film will focus
on Wolverine's violent past, and his early encounters
with William Stryker (Danny Huston). The Weapon X
program and his interactions with other mutants will
be explored, including his complex relationship with
Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber).
Jackman as Logan / Wolverine, the mutant and future
X-Man. Jackman, who played Wolverine in the previous
films, has also become producer of the film via his
company Seed Productions, and earned $20 million for
the film. Jackman underwent a high intensity weight
training regimen to bulk up for his role. He changed
the program to shock the body into change and also
performed cardiovascular workouts. He woke up each
morning a 4am to eat one of the small number of protein-based
meals he was allowed each day. Jackman worked out
in a Queenstown gym where he would arrive daily at
6am. He stayed in character and made noises while
Software is developing a video game based on the film,
which Activision will publish. Marc Guggenheim wrote
The official trailer of the film has been confirmed
to be released on December 12
speculated that there could be a sequel, which may
be set in Japan. Such a location was the subject of
Claremont and Miller's series, which was not in the
first film as Jackman felt “what we need to
do is establish who [Logan] is and find out how he
became Wolverine". Jackman stated the Claremont-Miller
series is his favorite Wolverine story. He added another
Wolverine film would be a follow-up rather than continuing
on from X-Men: The Last Stand. The inclusion of Deadpool
and Gambit also leads to the possibilities of their
'heartbroken' over stolen film - 8th April 2009
- The Hollywood star who plays superhero Wolverine
said he was "heartbroken" that his new X-Men
movie was leaked on the Internet a month before its
Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who plays the mutant
in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," is also angry
and determined that the bad guys who stole the film
and leaked it will be brought to justice.
"It's a serious crime and there's no doubt it's
very disappointing -- I was heartbroken by it,"
Jackman told reporters at a promotion for the movie
The leaked version of the 20th Century Fox Films action
movie was reportedly downloaded tens of thousands
of times within a day of being posted on file-sharing
websites at the end of March.
"Obviously, people are seeing an unfinished film,"
Jackman said. "It's like a Ferrari without a
The 40-year-old star, named Sexiest Man Alive by People
magazine last year, said he was convinced the culprit
would be tracked down.
"The FBI (US Federal Bureau of Investigation)
are on to it and they're taking it very, very seriously,"
he said. "Rest assured that person will be found."
Jackman unveiled 20 minutes of completed footage from
the film to about 600 fans and media on Sydney Harbour's
Cockatoo Island at the start of a global promotion
tour ahead of the film's official release at the end
of the month.
Meanwhile, the film industry's response to the leak
has already claimed at least one casualty -- a US
entertainment columnist fired for reviewing a stolen
copy downloaded from the Internet.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns both
20th Century Fox Films and Fox News, said it had "promptly
terminated" writer Roger Friedman for the column
posted on Fox News' website last week.
"We, along with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation,
have been a consistent leader in the fight against
piracy and have zero tolerance for any action that
encourages and promotes piracy," News Corporation
told AFP in an emailed statement.
"When we advised Fox News of the facts they took
immediate action, removed the post, and promptly terminated
Mr Friedman," it said.
The "X-Men" film, based on the eponymous
comic book characters, was apparently spread with
BitTorrent file-sharing technology that lets people
exchange large data files between computers in a fashion