James Mangold is Prime Choice to Take Over 'The Wolverine' for Fox

June 15, 2011
Source: Deadline

James Mangold / Wolverine

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?

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It could work. I think Matthew Vaughan was the best thing to happen to th X-Men franchise.

N. Williams on Jun 16, 2011


I'm conflicted about this. '3:10 to Yuma' was fantastic, but 'Knight and Day' was terrible.

Craig on Jun 16, 2011


knight and day failed due to script this movie already has a script from a good screen writer

hg on Jun 16, 2011


Hey, Alex, any word on what that McQuarrie script is about? Is that the one based off of the old Claremont/Miller comic miniseries? Thanks! I liked 3:10 TO YUMA and KNIGHT AND DAY was fun, so Mangold seems like a good choice.

Chris_Hunter on Jun 16, 2011


Yea, as far as I know, this is still the Japan-set storyline, they're just getting a director in to take over for Aronofsky. But I think it'll still be the same story he was working on.

Alex Billington on Jun 16, 2011


i really liked the suggestion of the director of Never Let Me Go...he seems to have a sensibility that would work well for filming in the Japanese-Samurai environment

VS on Jun 16, 2011


Knight and Day was a train wreck..this worries me a little.  I think Antoine Fuqua would be a better choice.  He would bring a little more grit to the film..which it needs badly after the first Wolverine.

Csparker5150 on Jun 16, 2011


Copland and 3:10 TO YUMA are really good movies so this could be a good choice, Edward Zwick could work to 

Loser on Jun 16, 2011


Without Aronofsky, I'm back to hoping this project fails, dies or flops. The 1st remains eternally unforgiven.

Voice of Reason on Jun 16, 2011


Stop making Wolverine

Adam L on Jun 16, 2011


 Call me crazy, but what if we got and R-rated Wolverine movie...with blood and guts. The problem with X-men origins, besides it being just awful, was that it wasn't anywhere near gritty enough as it should have been.

Lamar on Jun 17, 2011

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