A Variety article detailing the lackluster summer 20th Century Fox is having touches on woes on the set of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', but also gives some insights into upcoming Marvel movies with the studio.
On the 'Wolverine' front, the article talks about how the film was delayed due to actor Hugh Jackman's involvement in the film 'Australia'.
Even more alarming, the article states that sources claim director Gavin Hood was "nearly fired". Richard Donner, noteworthy director and husband of the show's producer Lauren Shuler Donner, apparently spent a lot of time on the set. The cover story was that he was there in capacity as a producer, although he's not been listed as a producer in the films credit roster thus far.
Insiders say he was on set to "smooth things over." One has to wonder if Donner spent time behind the camera as well.
2008 may go on record as the biggest year for superhero movies yet, but Fox didn't have an entry in that race this year. However, the Variety article suggests more X-Men movies are in the works, including a young-X-Men project as well as 'Deadpool,' based on a character played by Ryan Reynolds in 'Wolverine.'
And the studio still holds the film rights to 'Daredevil' and is considering putting that back into play.