There are some mixed emotions in the air today. Most people want a great Wolverine film, but the last stand-alone film with the mutant’s namesake was an utter disaster. I won’t even bother mentioning the name. However, Hugh Jackman seems hell-bent on making a quality film with the character that made him a star, and it appears he may be reuniting with The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky to make that second film a success. Aronofsky has turned down Warner Bros. Tales from the Gangster Squad, according to Deadline, and he is nearing an agreement with 20th Century Fox for the Wolverine sequel that will take the eponymous character to Japan. For more on the potential deal and why I think this is a good thing for Aronofsky and us, hit the jump.
Let’s be blunt: Aronofsky is a great director. However, there is no denying the box office draw that a second Wolverine film would bring, especially if it turned out to be a great film. We have seen a small-budget, indie director take over a franchise and turn it into a roaring success (cough, Christopher Nolan, cough). Aronofsky could provide that same magic touch and turn around this property with one fell swoop. More than likely, he will completely avoid the schlocky and messy narrative of the original film and forge his own story and path.
The real quirk here isn’t whether Aronofsky will make a good, even great film. It’s whether 20th Century Fox will let him. Fox hasn’t had the best reputation when handling the X-Men property, but things seem to be going well for the upcoming X-Men: First Class. Whether they will give Aronofsky room to create a great film out of a masterful storyline that Chris Claremont and Frank Miller created in 1982 is still up in the air, but I am betting that they are trying to correct their mistakes. One thing is for certain though. Aronofsky will get paid, as it is reported that he will make in the ballpark of $5 million against 5% gross.
The hope here is two fold. That not only will Aronofsky make a great film, but that its box office success will give the director some cache to create grander films than he is currently allowed. Yes, most of his films haven’t necessitated a large budget like Nolan’s science fiction heist film Inception, but who’s to say he doesn’t have one cooking in his head? At the very least, he hopefully won’t have to make little to nothing upfront from a film in the future like he did with Black Swan. With Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) behind the script, there certainly is hope that the next Wolverine film won’t be complete crap. Huzzah. What do you think? Is Aronofsky in for a rough ride or will he be given room to make a great flick?