Gavin Hood Talks Wolverine; Possible Sequel

South African Gavin Hood directed the Oscar-winning Tsotsi but has also knocked about Hollywood, acted in over a dozen movies and, following his political thriller Rendition, got the nod to helm the blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine . Though the film drew mixed reviews, its box office has been enough to set in motion plans for a sequel. Recently we caught up with Hood to ask him about it, and share his thoughts on working with Hugh Jackman, comic book movies, and his admiration for fellow countryman Neill Blomkamp.

Will you be directing Wolverine 2?

I have no idea. All that’s happened at the moment is that the studio has just commissioned the script for Wolverine 2 to be written. Whether that film will ever get made will depend on so many factors — whether the studio likes the script, whether they find a director who responds to the script. Might that be me? Sure, I’d be extremely interested and thrilled if they were to send it to me.

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Jon Favreau NOT Directing The Avengers

Iron Man director Jon Favreau has ruled himself out of the running to direct The Avengers as well as confirming that Ed Norton won’t be appearing in Iron Man 2 as the Incredible Hulk. Here’s what Favreau had to say on the matter –

“They’ll have to [find a different director], because I’m not going to be available,” he explained. “It’s something I’m being the executive producer on, so I’ll definitely have input and a say.”

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Where the Wild Things Are Review

After six years of painstaking work and a much-publicized tussle with Warner Bros. over the original — and reportedly much darker — cut, Spike Jonze has reached the end of his journey into both the world of Maurice Sendak and the shark pit of studio filmmaking. That the fruit of his labours is so visually splendiferous and defiantly idiosyncratic marks some kind of triumph. But seeing as Jonze’s adaptation of Sendak’s 1963 kid-lit classic Where the Wild Things Are may be the most depressing and distressing children’s movie since the rabbit apocalypse that was Watership Down, one has to wonder whether the director’s objectives were as sound as his ability to carry them off.

Jonze states that his new film is not a children’s movie. Instead, he “set out to make a movie about childhood,” a loaded phrase that should alert hipster parents to the film’s possibly deleterious effects on their progeny.

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Hmm I heard the first Wolverine sucked. So, meh, I don’t care about a sequel.

Have you seen Where the Wild Things Are yet? If so, how was it?