Aronofsky Says His Movie Titled 'The Wolverine', Not a Sequel?
Every time I think about Darren Aronofsky directing the next Wolverine
sequel movie, I get baffled and excited, mostly because I'm still amazed he is going to direct this next. If you need any more proof that this project is now in perfect hands to whip Wolverine back into shape and show us what he is really capable of, here it is. HitFix spoke with Aronofsky recently and learned that the title will actually be The Wolverine, ditching the X-Men Origins prefix, and it apparently is a "one-off" that "isn't a sequel in any conventional sense." I'm sure they're trying to distance themselves from X-Men Origins: Wolverine as much as possible.
As a recap, The Wolverine (or Wolverine 2) is set in Japan and is based on the Chris Claremeont & Frank Miller mini-series from 1982. The script, written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), follows Wolverine as he falls in love with a Japanese woman who is married to another man. But to win her heart, he must battle her samurai family, which sounds like a beautiful and brilliant setup for Aronofsky and Jackman to explore the darker side of Logan. It looks like Fox may actually be trying to take the Christopher Nolan route and use Aronofsky to "reboot" (hate to use that word) this character in a darker one-off movie.
Shooting on the Darren Aronofsky directed Wolverine movie starts next March for a presumed 2012 release. In related news, HitFix also learned that cinematographer Matthew Libatique will most likely work with Aronofsky again on The Wolverine. Libatique has shot four of Aronofsky's films, not including The Wrestler, as well as Iron Man 1 & 2 and Cowboys & Aliens for Jon Favreau. Everything about this project sounds like it's in good hands, so for now we'll remain cautiously optimistic, even though I'm fully confident in Darren. Casting is most likely underway as promotion continues for Black Swan, in theaters starting December 3rd.