James Mangold is Prime Choice to Take Over 'The Wolverine' for Fox
Let's get this project back on track, bub. After Darren Aronofsky decided not to direct the upcoming X-Men spin-off The Wolverine, we were worried it might derail the project entirely, but Fox has made it a priority to get things back on track. It now looks like James Mangold (of Girl Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Knight & Day) is their top choice to direct. Deadline is reporting that Fox and Hugh Jackman both want Mangold to direct, but he hasn't signed on yet. However, Fleming says "negotiations are about to get underway, but I'm told that Mangold will take the helming job." Looks like he'll be their man.
Mangold is an okay choice. Other directors in consideration as recent as this week include Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor and Brooklyn's Finest helmer Antoine Fuqua. According to Deadline, Fox still wants this to start shooting in the fall - now most likely after Jackman finishes Les Miserables. Additionally, the script from Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun, Valkyrie, The Tourist) is still intact, which is great news as it sounds like Mangold might be able to salvage the ideas Aronofsky had originally worked on. Now we'll just have to wait to see if they can keep this iteration on track. Thoughts?