Darren Aronofsky Set to Direct 'Wolverine 2' Starting in March
After being shortlisted to potentially direct The Man of Steel before the job went to Zack Snyder, director Darren Aronofsky had quite the decision to make. We heard the filmmaker had been offered Tales from the Gangster Squad as a consolation prize from Warner Bros, but apparently 20th Century Fox was quick to offer him another superhero in the form of the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Though it has been up in the air for the past couple weeks, Deadline has word that while Aronofsky's deal isn't totally official yet, negotiations are to the point that it's a guarantee that he'll be working with Hugh Jackman again for the comic book sequel.
Discussions for the deal are already focused on shooting the sound stage portions of the film in New York so Aronofsky and Hugh Jackman don't have to inconvenience their families by re-locating, so it's pretty much a done deal. After Aronofsky passed on Tales from the Gangster Squad last week, there was little doubt Aronofsky wouldn't make the jump to a big studio flick with Wolverine 2. Production is slated to begin in New York in march of 2011 and upon completion of the sound stage portions of the production schedule, they'll head over to Japan for the majority of the story from writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie). All I know is that I'm much more interested in this sequel with Aronofsky's involvement. How about you?