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Discuss: Are ‘Wolverine’ Reshoots a Bad Thing?

Huge Ackman as Wolverine

The production process for X-Men Origins: Wolverine has been…ungood. It’s nothing new – the usual disagreements between a studio placing big money on the line (played this time by Fox) and a director (appearing in this edition as Gavin Hood) who wants his vision of the project to emerge from the arduous filming process.

We’ve been hopeful after seeing some of the footage and a bad ass trailer, but now Collider is reporting that there are some massive reshoots afoot in the snowy hills of Canadia. Vancouver to be exact. And, no, I have no idea whether there are actually hills in Vancouver. I’m not even sure where it is or if it actually exists.

Yet, there’s something curious about these reshoots. Usually, it’s a few extra days of filming – in this case it’s much, much more. Usually, the studio slaps its forehead if word leaks out – in this case, the studio is discussing having set visits for journalists. Usually, Richard Donner attends every reshoot for every film ever – in this case, oh wait, he’s apparently there, too.

So we’ve got two options here:

1. The usual doom and gloom red flag that a reshoot represents. Studio meddling to ruin a movie.

and

B. The possibility that the reshoot is just what the doctor ordered to make a better film.

Since I’m totally confused about it, and since I’m incredibly lazy, I’ve decided to throw the question out to you guys. So…

What do you think? Are extensive reshoots a good sign for the film’s health or a sign that this train wreck is going to crash into theaters, killing the hopes of fans everywhere?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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