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Darren Aronofsky Set to Direct 'Wolverine 2' Starting in March

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October 18, 2010
Source: Deadline

Wolverine / Aronofsky

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?

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  • Jake
    YES! Please! Hopefully Aronofsky can bring some of the dark reality and grit from The Wrestler into a Wolverine franchise that sincerely needs it. This could wind up being a dream come true for Wolverine fans but we'll see. Never can be sure when a director first makes the jump to big budget.
  • nelson
    A Christopher McQuarrie Script + Darren Aronofsky Directing + Hugh Jackman Starring + Frank Miller Japan Story = SO MUCH WIN
  • Spider94
    i wouldn't get excited yet,just wait untill fox comes in and ruins everythin all over again
  • tir na nog
    Could be brilliant,looking forward to this a lot more now plus has the Frank Miller Japan story.First film was not great.
  • http://www.spill.com Pete the Geek
    The only way this will work is if they either completely ignore the first movie, or actively contradict it because what they did with Origins amounts to character assassination. I can't imagine how they're going to pull the series up out of the ashes, but if you're going to attempt it Aronofsky is the guy to do it
  • Voice of Reason
    ARRRGGHHH!!! The first one was miserable, I am seriously conflicted if Aronofsky is doing this for the money (never pegged him for a sell-out, frankly, but it just still seems WEIRD) or if the movie will actually have some merit. AND DONT TELL ME that because of Aronofsky's inclusion will save the sequel. Plenty of brilliant directors have helmed (comic) sequels and those movies SUCKED.,.....dunno what to think.
  • GerggTown
    this could be great. im very curious to see how it turns out. as much as i like aronofsky, im also in the line of thinking that his involvement alone isnt a guranteed awesome wolverine movie. but it does spark hope
  • Jimmy Love
    I was hopping that they forgot to make this. Oh well
  • nelson
    guys the first movie has no relevance to this movie japan story has no continuity to deal with it can be new and fresh
  • Alex T.
    Wow. What a waste of talent.
  • That Awesome Norwegian Dude
    AWEZUM
  • Ricardo
    As odd as this combination sounds, I'm super hyped! I'm not that big of a fan of wolverine, but this might turn into one of the best super hero movies ever made! And please get Clint Mansell to score this.
  • uberman
    Aronfonskys BLACK SWAN will probably be up for best picture this year...and he will follow it up with...Wolverine??????????? This is like Halley Barry doing CATWOMAN after getting the Academy Award for MONSTERS BALL. Bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad move. Probably the worst choice he could have made. Should please the 7-10 year old crowd though.
  • Kinks!
    Much better fit for him than Superman. This has the potential to be truly outstanding. Wolverine is probably the coolest comic book character ever created. There's also the fact that the first film was a crock of shite and so there'll be very little pressure on him... great fit. Very happy with this.
  • chris
    Great news!!!
  • Jericho
    who cares, where is DEADPOOL!!!!!!!!
  • D
    he is not gonna do this.
  • http://twitter.com/gimmesumsuga Mathieu
    I'm loving Aronofsky's look in that top photo. He's like Errol Flynn's gay nephew or something. And I mean that as a compliment.
  • http://twitter.com/gimmesumsuga Mathieu
    Oh, and if they're planning on calling this something as clunky as X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, I seriously hope they have a rethink. That's really going to stick out like a sore thumb on Aronofsky's otherwise classy filmography.
  • croniccris
    i'm with jericho i wanna see deadpool....the only wolverine i wanna see is like that from the wolverine origins game...if you don't know what i'm talking about go to youtube and look it up....it shows the real wolverine with blood and everything like it should be....but that ain't gonna happen anytime soon...i just wish i'll be able to see one like that b4 i die....
  • blake
    interesting....
  • David Banner
    Recut/reshoot/remove a lot of first Wolvie film, so it doesnt look like a sour fart, then were talking! Like Nelson said above: "A Christopher McQuarrie Script + Darren Aronofsky Directing + Hugh Jackman Starring + Frank Miller Japan Story = SO MUCH WIN" /agree
  • cmo
    If anyone is going to bring this series out of the whole its in now its him. But in my opinion he is so much better then directing a sequel to a shitty movie. I would of much rathered seen him direct the man of steel. Him and nolan working together is a dream.
  • silver
    holy sh*t! I can't believe that I forgot the awesomeness that is Clint Mansell comes hand in hand with Aronofsky directing. I'm interested to see if Aronofsky can direct action, I mean I go to see a movie about Wolverine to see some awesome action, oh well IN to see Aronofsky direct samurai fights
  • Fisherr
    I have never been a fan of Darren, although what i hear most of the time and read about him is that he gets the job done right.So this movie needs a great director like him with the involvment of Hugh Jackman i believe we will see a true piece of art this time around instead of what happend the first time.

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