Aronofsky Offered Wolverine 2 & Tales from the Gangster Squad
We heard at the end of August that director Darren Aronofsky was one of the top contenders to direct the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, apparently he was much more interested in helming the new Superman iteration The Man of Steel, which we just heard last week. But now that Kal-El has been handed over to director Zack Snyder, Vulture says Fox has been quick to officially offer Wolverine 2 to Aronofsky and he's now in talks with the studio to negotiate a deal. But it's far from a done deal since WB, still eager to work with the buzzed about Black Swan helmer, has offered Tales from the Gangster Squad as a consolation prize.
We previously told you that Warner Bros. had offered the aforementioned period crime thriller for Ben Affleck to direct, but the actor turned filmmaker has since turned down the project. In a strange twist of events, Affleck was apparently offered to direct The Man of Steel, but he turned that down as well. So now Aronofsky has a choice to make, and while either project will somewhat feel like sloppy seconds, his great working relationship with Hugh Jackman after The Fountain is giving the comic book sequel an edge in his decision.
In addition, Fox is eager to work with Aronofsky despite the financial failure of the aforementioned collaboration with Jackman. Apparently execs at Fox have been wooed by his frugal filmmaking ways garnering big returns in the form of awards attention for The Wrestler, and now early Oscar buzz for Black Swan. It's not clear which project Aronofsky will choose just yet, but we'll likely find out very soon. For my money, I'm dying to see a comic book flick, especially one with Wolverine, in the hands of Darren Aronofsky. How about you?