20th Century Fox are known for pushing their weight around in regards to creative decisions on films. We’ve heard situations where they haven’t been too kind to directors, such as with Alex Proyas during I, Robot, who has said he will never work with them again, and more recently with Mathieu Kassovitz on Babylon A.D. There have been some rumours from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine set that Fox have been asses to director Gavin Hood, which involved Fox ordering people to re-decorating a set. To this day we haven’t heard anything more of it, and to be honest it was kind of a crappy rumour to begin with. I’m sure Fox could do much worse than paint the set a different shade of dark.
According to David Poland’s The Hot Blog Gavin Hood has had pretty much most of what he wanted as they come into the closing stages of post-production.
And here’s one for good measure… had a chat with a high-ranking, unmotivated-to-bullshit member of the Wolverine team… and the take is that the movie is about 90% what Gavin Hood wanted as they finish up post. So… how evil does that make Fox and will the studio get a break? Or is 90% of his vision for the first-time action film director of a comic book film not enough? Or do you think you know what percentage of compromises that Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan (the first time around) and Bryan Singer really made when making their comic book films for Warners?
Fanboys have a habit of letting their dislike for Fox overshadow their judgement on some potentially good movies, however I don’t think X-Men Origins: Wolverine will disappoint (unless you’re a Deadpool fan).