Is Darren Aronofsky in the Running to Direct WOLVERINE 2?

     August 30, 2010

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A couple weeks ago, we reported that director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) was the likely choice to helm Wolverine 2.  However, Deadline is now reporting that a far more interesting choice is in the mix: Darren Aronofsky.  Hugh Jackman reportedly spoke with Slade over the weekend and has been speaking with Aronofsky.  We previously reported that Robert Schwentke (Red) was in the mix, but he has apparently opted out and is looking at R.I.P.D. (starring Ryan Reynolds) or Robert Ludlum’s The Osterman Weekend as possible follow-ups.

As you may recall, Jackman previously worked with Aronofsky in The Fountain. However, Deadline believes that Slade has the edge with the studio since he has demonstrated he can handle a blockbuster, large-scale special-effects picture.  Hit the jump for why I would like Aronofsky to get the gig, but won’t be heartbroken if he doesn’t.

Aronosfky is one of the great directors working right now and his new film Black Swan is one of my most-anticipated movies of the year.  While a big studio picture may restrict some of his creativity, the “one-for-them, one-for-me” dynamic could pay huge dividends for the director.  Chistopher Nolan couldn’t have made Inception without The Dark Knight.  If Aronofsky has a big-budget, tough-sell project he’d like to do, then directing Wolverine 2 could help make it happen.

However, Aronofsky has shown that he can make genius pictures without a big budget and there’s no word of a large-scale feature he wants to do but can’t get off the ground. Aronofsky is going to keep making great movies whether he gets Wolverine 2 or not.  Personally, after the catastrophuck that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I’m indifferent on the sequel.  Whether you get Slade or Aronofsky, I can’t (or perhaps don’t want to) fathom that Wolverine 2 could be a worse movie.

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