Darren Aronofsky May Potentially Direct 'Wolverine 2' Now?

August 30, 2010
Source: Deadline

Wolverine / Darren Arronofsky

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?

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Kind of a waste of talent don't you think

kevin on Aug 30, 2010


Darren Aronofsky + Christopher McQuarrie(Usual Suspects Screen Writer) + Hugh Jackman = EPIC

nelson on Aug 30, 2010


This is Robocop all over again and I'm not falling for it again... Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me...

peloquin on Aug 30, 2010


There's no way in hell this is true.

Alex T. on Aug 30, 2010


I will refrain from rejoicing until there is an actual offical word.

Xerxex on Aug 30, 2010


Here's the only problem: Aronofsky could get caught up between making an incredible film and what the studio wants. Everyone knows what I'm talking about.

ModernAmericanMan on Aug 30, 2010


When I originally sold my soul to Satan for something completely, mind blowing cool to happen in my life I had no idea this would be the result. Seriously too early to start breaking open the champagne but wow, what a thought. I'm with Xerxex and will remain cautiously optimistic. I will sacrifice a litter of kittens to the dark lord until this happens >=/

Tether on Aug 30, 2010


Please let it happen. A Wolverine movie could be so good with the right director and the right script, and I think Aronofsky (typo in headline?) is the type of director who could pull it off. Of course, #6 is right and the studio could butcher his (potential) vision.

Vet4Peace on Aug 30, 2010


I seriously hope this never happens!!!!!!! Darren: Do something original, that is what your good at. Not another freaking super hero movie, even if it would be better than all the other super hero movies out there. Please let this be only a rumor and nothing more ever!!!

Tomi on Aug 30, 2010


really? I mean, come on... Don't ruin my impression of you Darren. let wolverine die, please.

Colt on Aug 30, 2010


I was fine with the first film, but seriously, Darren is too talented to get caught up in the level of studio compromises and bullshit that a film like this will surely create. Not to mention the fact that the tone of an Aronofsky film is vastly different than anything the X-Men series has seen before. I was super excited about Batman: Year One (though what CN has done with the series has eclipsed all of my expectations), and kind of excited about Robocop (at least those movies have been long dead and can therefore be approached from a different direction), but him jumping into an already established (and ongoing) series like X-Men doesn't feel right at all. He needs something he can recreate, not something that he must simply continue.

Mark on Aug 30, 2010


Darren could save the Wolverine franchise and bring superhero movies to another level just like Nolan did, the problem is Fox and they would surely never let that happen. They have a good track record at ruining great directors. At fox great directors often makes their worst movies and you got to wonder why.....

Loser on Aug 30, 2010


Nah.. It's not gonna happen unless this doing super hero movies is a "thing" among critically respected directors now..

Lincoln on Aug 31, 2010


i'd love to see his eye with the Wolverine in Japan Story (amazing story line!)... but i don't think it will ever happen

DoomCanoe on Aug 31, 2010


i don't think he'd lower himself to direct a comic movie.

deadpool72 on Aug 31, 2010


Darren and Hugh worked together on The Fountain and the result was great. With the script by McQuarrie, this could be great. But Fox might screw it up as they can do it with everything.

Terry on Aug 31, 2010


The wolverine backstory was fucked fromn the get go due to the first film. Man, that sucked. Darren should jump on some other comic, Spawn maybe.

ryderup on Aug 31, 2010


Never gonna happen. Aronofsky does this a lot - get attached to a high profile studio genre flick, then abandon it to make an offbeat indie. (See his brief flirtations with Batman: Year One, Robocop, Watchmen...) I like to think he siphons off the free pre-production cash from the studios to fund his passion pics. 😉 Anyway, both McQuarrie and Aronofsky are too good for this crap. But you never know - it seems that Fox are finally listening to the criticism of their poor handling of the X-Men franchise by re-hiring Singer to produce First Class and Vaughn to direct it, so... stranger things have happened. Anything that keeps people too busy to remake a cast-iron classic like Robocop is fine with me.

Mathieu on Aug 31, 2010


Oh, how I wish it wasn't all about Wolverine these days. Like no one else in the X-Men realm deserves their own movie treatment.

DuirMan on Aug 31, 2010


Yeah but wolverine is a badass, hope they make a rated R movie with a character such as wolverine, but in what world will the studio aloud that. Still it will be awsome if Daren gets the part.

Luis Garcia on Aug 31, 2010


*cough* RoboCop *cough*

Joseph on Aug 31, 2010


dont know if someone posted this already but besides obviously being one of the greatest things that could happen to this movie, or movies in general....Regarding the studios/producers decision about this, I would think what Nolan did for batman would clear their minds of any doubt for what Indie can do for action. I just hope Arronofsky stays on board!!!!!

Chupacabraz on Aug 31, 2010


I forgot Fox was doing this...didn't Fox rape what the director for La Haine did to his last movie!?

Chupacabraz on Aug 31, 2010


Great news! PS: first_showing needs to up their font size by a point

Gary the Bruce on Aug 31, 2010


@ #24, Gary the Bruce Actually, you can fix that issue, by going to the view tab and just zooming in on your browser. It doesn't cut off anything (unlike when you zoom in with a camera) and makes the text easier to read. Hope that helps!

Ethan Anderton on Aug 31, 2010


This is the ultimate example of the phrase TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

lamar on Aug 31, 2010


If Darren directed this sequel to a turd of a movie it would turn into an instant classic. I'd love it. Shit they need to do something amazing with Hugh Jackman as "THE" Wolverine before Hugh tires of it all.

Johnny Neat on Sep 1, 2010


way too different...i cant believe im saying this but i wouldnt want darren to cheapen his string of films with a cheesy super hero flick...i know its possible to make those films amazing (dark knight) but darrens eye on tragic storytelling seems a slight bit mismatched... id love to be proven wrong though.

blah blah on Sep 1, 2010


I would love to see what he would do with a superhero movie! holy crap. I dont think this will happen, no way marvel and hollywood would let someone have the control that he would require. Good fantasy though...

Lando on Sep 3, 2010


I agree with a few people here. If Aronofsky directs Wolverine 2, it's going to tarnish his name. His known for doing things his way and I'm pretty sure Marvel would want a movie sequel that's full of action and CGI but no storyline. That's not Aronofsky's thing... And that reminds me, is Wolverine 2 going to take place in Japan? That's what I read on

James Coulder on Sep 3, 2010

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