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Aug 16, 2005
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Two articles today:

This says filming starts on Jan. 22 and there's a lot of info in it:


Queenstown ready for Jackman film
The Press | Wednesday, 09 January 2008

New Zealand-based fans of Hugh Jackman can enjoy their first close-up with the hunky Australian star next week as filming of his new Hollywood blockbuster starts in and around Queenstown.

Rumoured to have a budget in excess of $100 million, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is in pre-production at Sydney's Fox Studios.

It is the fourth movie in the popular X-Men series.

It was believed filming would start in the Southern Lakes area on January 18 and finish in the middle of March.

A traffic management plan for the project puts the finish date at March 15.
However, an industry insider said shooting would start on January 22.

Meanwhile, the region will host several action scenes.

Location manager Jared Connon had revealed that the shell of a military-style Iroquois helicopter would be used in a crash scene near Glenorchy.

"It will be a special-effects rig where a helicopter shell will be suspended in the air by two construction cranes parked alongside the Glenorchy Paradise Road.

"The helicopter will swing from a cable off the boom arm of one of the cranes and then be released to then land on the ground alongside the roadway."

That scene was expected to be shot near the end of this month.
Other scenes would be filmed in Skippers Canyon, not far from the Coronet Peak access road, and in Deer Park Heights.

Documents from WOZ Productions, the film's New Zealand production company, reveal a rigorous schedule.

Filming will be between 5am and 11pm every day.

Much of the filming will be near Glenorchy.

It is expected the Glenorchy area will host crews on 15 to 20 days.
This will be over a six- to seven-week period.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's regulatory arm, Lakes Environmental, has issued consent for the filming subject to conditions.
These include the payment of a $50,000 bond on work such as buildings and structures being removed from locations.

In addition, sites must be returned to their original condition.


Resort braced for arrival of X-Men

HOLLYWOOD fever is set once again to hit Queenstown, with the filming of blockbuster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, expected to start soon.

While Woz Productions, the Australian office of the film, has refused to divulge when filming will begin in Queenstown, it is understood sets began arriving in the area this week.

Rumoured to have been unloaded near Arrowtown earlier this week were props including vehicles and body armour.

The Otago Daily Times understands a secure studio at Closeburn is housing props and is the location for some indoor scenes.

Other proposed locations for filming include Queenstown, Deer Park Heights, Skippers Canyon, Glenorchy and Milford Sound.

While those involved are unable to comment, the ODT also understands several Queenstown residents have been enlisted for the film.

Those include a sculptor who is to join a special effects team for particular scenes in the movie, along with another Queenstown resident, heavily involved in special effects for The Matrix, which starred Keanu Reeves.

The ODT also understands a young Queenstown make-up artist has been signed on for the duration of filming in the area.

Wolverine is the fourth in the X-Men series, in preproduction at Fox Studios in Sydney.

Gavin Hood, who directed 2005 Academy Award-winning foreign film Tsotsi, has been confirmed to direct the movie while Jackman will return as the title character, Wolverine.

Woz Productions did not return the ODT’s calls yesterday
Not sure if this is another blog or anything official:



STATUS - January 22 - mid-March 2008

LOCATION - The proposed locations for filming include Queenstown, Deerpark Heights, Skippers Canyon, Glenorchy and Milford Sound.

PRODUCER: Lauren Shuler Donner - Ralph Winter - John Palermo - Kevin Feige

DIRECTOR: Gavin Hood

LP: Louis Friedman

CAST: Hugh Jackman - Liev Schreiber - Maggie Q

WRITER: James Vanderbilt - Scott Silver

Based on the character Wolverine from the "X-Men" comic book series. The story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.


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