With the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” sequel lining up to be shot early next year, Hugh Jackman has dropped out of the comedy “Avon Man” which was scheduled to start shooting this October reports Deadline.
No director is currently attached to the sequel which Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects,” “Valkyrie”) penned. The storyline adapts one of the most acclaimed “X-Men” comic storylines which revolved around Logan visiting Japan where he falls in love and takes on some ninjas.
At last report Tony Scott (“Deja Vu,” “Taking of Pelham 123”) and Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield,” “Let Me In”) were the favourites to helm the project, though Scott’s recent commitment to “Nemesis” seems to rule him out. One person it definitely won’t be is Bryan Singer who is committed to shooting “Jack The Giant Killer” early next year.
‘Avon’ was to shoot this Spring but got pushed back to the Fall due to Jackman’s commitment to the currently shooting comedy “Butter”. Jackman remains attached as producer on ‘Avon’ and will help in the search for a new male lead for the film.