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Hood takes on Fox 'Wolverine'

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Gavin Hood is suiting up to direct "Wolverine," 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" spinoff that will star Hugh Jackman.

David Benioff wrote the screenplay, which will explore the origins of the lone-wolf superhero, one of the most popular characters in comics. Wolverine has a mutant healing power that allows him to recover from any wound, which led him to survive an experiment in which his skeleton was bonded with an unbreakable metal. The process also installed retractable metal claws.

Lauren Shuler Donner, Jackman and John Palermo are producing the movie, which is eyeing a fall start date.

Marvel Studios is executive producing.

Hood, who won a foreign-language Oscar in 2005 for directing "Tsotsi," recently wrapped "Rendition," New Line Cinema's political thriller starring Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Hood is repped by WMA and Anonymous Content.