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Aronofsky Offered Wolverine 2 & Tales from the Gangster Squad

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October 5, 2010
Source: Vulture

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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?

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  • Toucmyinfection
    Thatd be very interesting to see Wolverine 2 in the hands of Aronofsky, I loved The Fountain, and The Wrestler was awesome, so Im lookin forward to this! 😀
  • Xerxex
    Well this is excellent news!
  • Fnord
    Apparently Aronofsky is also in the runnings for "PREACHER."
  • Eric
    I love Aronofsky, his films are always different and though I like the idea of him tackling Wolverine, I feel that he's better then directing a comic book film that's already has ran out of a bit of steam...who knows, I may be wrong and he can pull it off and resuscitate it
  • Rebecca Honey
    I hope that in X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, they include Albert, Jessan Hoan, Itsu, Amiko Kobayashi, Rancor, X-23, Mariko Yashida and Yukio. I look forward to seeing some of the following villains in this: Bloodscream, Chimera, Abraham Cornelius, Cyber, Daken, Genesis, The Gorgon, Malcolm Colcord, Matsu’o Tsurayaba, Mister X, Nitro, Nuke, Ogun, Omega Red, Romulus, Roughouse, Shiva, Silver Samurai, Shingen Yashida, Weapon XI, Wendigo, Wild Child.
  • dude…
    This could be one of those rare occasions where the sequel (and hopefully a threequel) totally eclipse the first. FINGERS CROSSED!
  • Voice of Reason
    Man....I really DO NOT want to support Wolverine 2....at all....but Aronofskys inclusion would certainly challenge my protest.....dammit
  • luke
    he should of done the first. wolverine is more like a DC character tan amarvel guy he is much darker. darren shouldof done thefirstone give wolverien somedark soul. hewouldof shown the tussle between his animal self and his humanity way better
  • GerggTown
    lol @ #5. id personally rather see aronofsky do something original on his own than do a big budget franchise movie like this. because although i think it could be great, im just afraid that fox execs will get too involved in trying to make it a guranteed money maker instead of just letting aronofsky do his thing.
  • Daniel Arbiture
    @ #5 Sooo, you'd pretty much like to see any of the Wolverine-centric villains that weren't in the first movie?
  • simon
    I was more exited about Robocop.

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