David Slade Might Be Directing Hugh Jackman in Wolverine 2
Just recently our Casting Tidbits let you know that Hugh Jackman had dropped out of Avon Men in favor of getting back in hardcore shape for Fox's sequel to Wolverine. Though we know Christopher McQuarrie was scripting the spin-off sequel, a director still hasn't been chosen, but Vulture just got a scoop on who'll be sitting in the director's chair. Apparently the choice has been narrowed down to Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife, RED) and David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, Hard Candy), but an inside source claims the latter will be the top pick with Jackman making the final call after meeting with both of them next week.
Schwentke has a bit more variety in his resume, but Slade's cinematic material makes him a slightly better choice. With consistently darker material like Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night (which also had plenty of action), that's probably just what this Wolverine sequel needs after being a little too generic the first time. Also, I've heard that the third installment of The Twilight Saga was the best one, so anybody who can work a bit of magic with that franchise could probably work wonders for Wolverine 2 (or so we hope). Remember that this sequel will see Wolvie in Japan likely following a 1979 story arc that saw him getting caught up with samurai and Yakuza mob bosses. Hopefully they don't screw it up and Wolverine's claws don't look like toys.