Darren Aronofsky May Potentially Direct 'Wolverine 2' Now?
While we do our best to hold off on speculative rumors and potential casting deals for various high profile projects, when the news comes from reliable and legitimate outlets, it's hard ignore it. Even more distressing is when the news in question is so positively mouth-watering that the thought of it potentially never coming to fruition is just so disappointing. So it's with a heavy heart that we call your attention to a Deadline report that Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), along with previously mentioned director David Slade, is one of the key contenders to helm Wolverine 2, the sequel to the not so warmly received X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
While Jackman met with Slade this week to discuss the project (as was planned), he's also been talking with Aronofsky who he previously worked with on The Fountain after Brad Pitt famously dropped out. Jackman is a very big part of the decision on who will direct this sequel, but the studio also has to be comfortable with the choice as well. Slade seems to have a slight edge since he's just come off a special effects driven summer blockbuster (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), but Aronofsky's Black Swan is getting a lot of great buzz and the filmmaker was already looking to move into action territory with his now dead remake of RoboCop. Robert Schwentke (who was previously in the running with Slade) opted out of consideration with an eye toward directing the adaptation of Robert Ludlum's Osterman Weekend or graphic novel R.I.P.D. with Reynolds.
Honestly, the security that Slade apparently provides after work on The Twilight Saga doesn't shake a stick to the excitement that should be building around a Darren Aronofsky helmed Wolverine movie. I would just love to see Aronofsky sink his teeth into Wolverine's character and story. He's a gritty filmmaker who would bring something very fresh to the comic book genre that has started to feel tired, unoriginal and formulaic. After the disappointing results of the first film, I think we need fresh and unlikely eyes on a project like this, and Aronofsky seems like a fantastic and quite unconventional choice. Would you guys be up for that?