The super hero sequel "The Wolverine" will shoot in star Hugh Jackman's hometown of Sydney Australia says The Daily Telegraph.
The deal is estimated to be worth $80 million to the New South Wales economy and will generate more than 720 crew jobs along with opportunities for 1200 extras later this year.
The pic was scheduled to shoot in Japan last year but the devastation from the tsunami pushed the production back. Also originally attached helmer Darren Aronofsky left the project for personal reasons.
The new film will use Fox Studios the same place where 2009's heavily-panned prequel "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was shot. "The Wolverine" will essentially be a stand alone film with- no connection to characters seen in last year's acclaimed "X-Men: First Class" or the X-Men film trilogy
The script initially written by Christopher McQuarrie--then reworked by Mark Bomback--is set mostly in Japan and based on the great mini-series by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont. The sequel will find our steel clawed hero going toe to toe with the Silver Samurai.
James Mangold will direct the pic which should begin shooting as soon as Jackman finishes Tom Hooper's (The King's Speech) adaptation of "Les Misérables". The film has a July 26th 2013 release date.