With James Mangold, director of Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma and Day and Knight, all but signed on to helm The Wolverine 20th Century Fox can start making preparations for shooting.
While speaking to Toronto radio station CHFI (via Playlist) about an upcoming stage show Hugh Jackman said “We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that. That’s usually around the timeline”.
This suggests the studio may be planning to release The Wolverine in later summer, or late 2012. Matthew Vaughn recently proved you can make a good movie in a short time-frame with X-Men: First Class, but hopefully Fox give James Mangold time. 2012 is already packed with comicbook movies as it is with The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers, so it would probably be best for The Wolverine to avoid them and come out in October/November before Man of Steel.
The script, written by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie, takes Wolverine to Japan where he falls for a woman named Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.