Mark Romanek Says He Won’t Direct THE WOLVERINE, Comments on the Script

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A few weeks ago, we reported on a shortlist of directors that Fox was considering to helm The Wolverine, the follow-up to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. One of the best directors on that list (and my personal favorite) was Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go). Well today comes the unfortunate news that Romanek has passed on helming the flick. The director confirmed to Digital Spy (via The Playlist) that the material wasn’t quite up his alley, though he did give the Christopher McQuarrie script a semi-compliment:

“That’s just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing. That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about.”

While it’s disappointing that we won’t be seeing Romanek’s version of a superhero flick, I’m excited to see him do something he’s passionate about when he chooses his next project. Fox’s shortlist for Wolverine directors is rather low on depth, favoring more eye-candy friendly helmers (Fast Five‘s Justin Lin, Jumper‘s Doug Liman). After Romanek, my pick of the lot would be James Mangold. He’s proven himself dramatically (3:10 to Yuma) and he’s also shown he can stage fantastic action set-pieces (Knight and Day). The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, and is largely set in Japan.

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  • Jason

    “After Romanek, my pick of the lot would be James Mangold. He’s proven himself dramatically (3:10 to Yuma) and he’s also shown he can stage fantastic action set-pieces (Knight and Day).”

    Chitwood, you wrote the same bullshit last time you posted on this story.

    No, Mangold cannot do action. If you call the action in “Knight and Day” “fantastic” then your bar is set pretty low.

    You also wrote the same crap about Justin Lin last time implying he can’t do anything dramatic. I suggested you view “A Better Luck Tomorrow” which clearly you haven’t to make such a comment again.

    And another thing about these superhero films, too many of these directors that they pick are not good action directors. Favure’s Iron Man movies had lame action scenes and the less said about Nolan’s inept approach to action the better.

    If Hollywood were more like Hong Kong’s film industry where action directors get more respect and control on the action film then this would be a different story. However, Hollywood is filled with a bunch of ego filled personalities who think that action film making is easy and that they can do it when the opposite is true. The grand majority of directors in Hollywood suck at action film making and the bar has been set so damn low that Paul Greengrass’ shaky cam crap is considered top of the line by clueless critics and audiences while in Hong Kong action film maker visionaries like Donnie Yen are executing creative and truly fantastic action cinema.

    • Adam Chitwood

      I’m sorry you disagree, but the set-pieces in KNIGHT AND DAY are expertly executed. Not to mention Mangold’s work on 3:10 TO YUMA. They guy not only knows how to stage action, but does so in a way that’s visually interesting and slightly left of center.

      I have seen BETTER LUCK TOMORROW, which I enjoyed. But all of Lin’s work since has lacked any sort of dramatic tact. He’s phenomenal at staging action, but his dramatic scenes are severely lacking. I’d love for him to prove me wrong, though, and combine his penchant for action with some thoughtful dramatic work.

    • Johno

      It seems to me that there are very few directors capable of truly doing justice to Wolverine. I personally wish they would give it to Stephen Norrington, whose work on Blade I was simply phenomenal. After the horrible experience of League, he seems to no longer be willing to direct anything though.

  • Jason

    “Expertly executed”?? More like routinely handled at best. In other words, not very good which is like most Hollywood action. I’m sorry your standards are set so low that stuff like that impresses you.

    And if you have seen Better Luck Tomorrow then there shouldn’t be a question if Lin can handle dramatics or not regardless of what you thought of the movies he made afterwards.

    And really, since when was Liman known as an “eye-candy” director? Swingers and Go where eye candy? He was the one who made IMO the only good Bourne film until Greengrass’ came in and did his shlock shaky cam crap.

    I suppose you calling Liman an “eye-candy” director means you prefer Greengrass’ shaky cam nonsense. If so, my condolences.

    • Brian

      I thought the action in Knight and Day was awesome, the problem I had was the cg didnt look like it was finished, and are you really trying to start something? It’s the internet, if you don’t like what he has to say then find someone who shares your extreme interests, otherwise get over it

      • Jason

        “Extreme interests” huh?

        I suppose calling out someone for lazily and incorrectly mislabeling directors as nothing but “eye candy” when they have proven otherwise is an “extreme interest”.

        And I didn’t know that calling for higher quality action film making than Mangold or Greengrass was also an “extreme interest” as well as “trying to start something”.

        You’re right though, it is the internet. Which is why I said my piece and was going to leave it that but then you make your comment which really is “trying to start something”. Ironic.

  • Benjamin

    I vote Liman as well. The first Bourne was excellent (though I don’t mind Greengrass’s shaky cam) and had Jumper starred someone other than Christensen it too would have been very good. I think he would do a good job putting Wolverine on screen if handed the right script.

  • KZ

    Adam chitwood’s comments were condescending at best, and pretentious at worst. This guy doesn’t do his research obviously and like to make generally accepted ideas as his view and then publish comments to gain peoples agreement. Lin does his dramatic scenes r just fine, even in action movies. It is variably hard to balance drama and action in such movies, just because a movie doesn’t have much great drama doesnt mean the director is low on depth. I know this is not real journalism, but when people routinely read this website, let’s put some effort in it

  • Bheaya Emortalis

    Sorry guy but i have to disagree with the negative comments on James Mangold. He was fantastic with his action sequences on Knight & Day. I love the breezy pace he took with the I-93 scene. If all the other pass he’s still a good choice. He’s done everything except comic/superhero so im willing to giv him a chance.

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