Gavin Hood Talks Wolverine and Wolverine 2
Director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine gives further insight about the film, the sequel, and his feelings about District 9 director Neill Blomkamp.
Thanks to Rottentomatoes.com, an interview with Gavin Hood was conducted where he discussed "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and his thoughts of Neill Blomkamp.
On whether he will be directing the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it appears Hood isn't too sure on the matter.
"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," he said.
One of the biggest complaints of the film dealt with Hood linking Sabretooth and Wolverine as half brothers and he mentioned recently it made sense to in order to create a stronger emotional attachment. It seems in this interview, the half brothers position didn't exist from the beginning of the script.
"In the original script they were not half brothers. There was some resistance to that, because in the world of the comics there's only a small suggestion in one particular comic that Victor Creed and Wolverine may well be half brothers. I just gravitated to that. Just having one good guy versus bad guy, with no emotional connection just felt like "Whoa -- you'll have nothing but punching and kicking". That was a way to build up the emotional power of the film. I thought Liev Schreiber did a phenomenal job. I'm very pleased that on the Blu-ray disc there's a particular scene that I was attached to that didn't make it into the movie. I say that without saying "It should have!" I think it probably should have been in the movie, but I understood the argument against it, and at the time there was much to-ing and fro-ing about it. It's a great thing to be able to put that sort of scene on the Blu-ray and let people think of other themes and idea that were in my mind when we made that scene," he explained.
When asked about Neill Blomkamp, he seemed to possess a level of pride for the fellow director who is also from South Africa.
"We have spoken because I had to tell him what a phenomenal job he did. I sat there in the cinema -- and probably it was a great deal of patriotic pride -- but I thought, here was something so fresh and so out there, yet so emotionally powerful. It was just so fantastic to see the originality of the piece," said Hood.
On whether he felt "District 9" represented South Africa accurately.
"Yeah. Scarily so. I know those characters. Those [adopts a funny Afrikaans accent] very well meaning policemen, who think they are being very nice to you who, but are completely on the side of authority and they're patronizing you to death. Yeah. We grew up around those guys. Scary!"
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