X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics‘ fictional character Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installament in the X-Men film series. The film was directed by Gavin Hood, written by David Benioff and Skip Woods, and produced by and starring Hugh Jackman. It co-stars Liev Schreiber, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, will.i.am, Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney and Ryan Reynolds. The film is aprequel focusing on the violent past of the mutant Wolverine and his relationship with his half-brother Victor Creed. The plot details Wolverine’s childhood as James Howlett (Troye Sivan), his early encounters with Major William Stryker, his time with Team X, and the bonding of Wolverine’s skeleton with the indestructible metal adamantium during the Weapon Xprogram.
The film was mostly shot in Australia and New Zealand, with Canada also serving as a location. Production and post-production were troubled, with delays due to the weather and Jackman’s other commitments, an incomplete screenplay that was still being written in Los Angeles while principal photography rolled in Australia, conflicts arising between director Hood and Fox’s executives, and an unfinished workprint being leaked on the Internet one month before the film’s debut.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released worldwide on May 1, 2009, opening at the top of the box office and grossing $179 million in the United States and Canada and over $373 million worldwide. Reviews were generally unfavorable, with critics considering the film uninspired, criticizing its screenplay and poorly produced CGI but praising Jackman’s performance. Jackman himself confessed being unhappy with the final result of the film. Another Wolverine movie entitled The Wolverinewas released in 2013.
Needless to say, we are not done with X-Men just yet!!! A new installment called X-Men Days of Future Past is due to be released on May 23, 2014