WOLVERINE Sequel Titled “THE WOLVERINE”; Matthew Libatique Will Be the Cinematographer

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Great news on the sequel to Hugh Jackman’s solo spin-off of the X-Men franchise today. Director Darren Aronofsky tells Drew McWeeny at Hitfix that the official title of the film will be The Wolverine. Jackman recently said this film will be “very different” from the first film, and Aronofsky seems to validate that point.  The director emphasized that The Wolverine isn’t a sequel in the conventional sense, referring to the movie as a one-off.

Hitfix also reports that Aronofsky’s frequent collaborator Matthew Libatique will shoot the picture.  Libatique coming aboard to be the cinematographer is very good news indeed. He shot both Iron Man films and recently finished work on Jon Favreau’s upcoming western/sci-fi epic Cowboys & Aliens. This being Aronofsky’s first foray into relatively commercial/tentpole fare, Libatique’s experience should be a fantastic asset.  Hit the jump for more info on The Wolverine.

Not a great deal of information is known about the film so far, save for the fact that Hugh Jackman is starring and the majority of it will be set in Japant.  Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) is writing the screenplay and filming is set to begin in March. They’ll shoot in New York for a while, and then the crew will move to Japan to shoot the rest of the film.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the more I hear about this project the more interested I become. Certainly Aronofsky’s involvement came as a bit of a surprise, but the guy’s a fantastic filmmaker so his involvement is very much welcomed. It’s a bit reminiscent of when we first heard that Aaron Sorkin was writing a movie about Facebook with David Fincher set to direct, and look how that one turned out.  Jackman’s a fine actor and I have no doubt he and Aronofsky will turn out something special.

Aronofsky’s Black Swan is currently enjoying wildly enthusiastic critical acclaim, and he’ll certainly be busy come Academy Awards time in February. He recently signed on to direct Machine Man after he finishes The Wolverine. Jackman just wrapped filming Shawn Levy’s sci-fi/action film Real Steel. The Wolverine is set to be released sometime in 2012.




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  • Ryan

    Aronofsky + Jackman = The Fountain (one of the best films I ever saw) and now The Wolverine.

    I am now complete.

  • p86

    Jackman’s best performance came from The fountain aka a Darren Film should be a treat

  • http://twitter.com/DailyVsVidz Daily Vs Vidz

    Sweet, can’t wait! Big fan of Hugh Jackman as the wolverine!

  • Three Gun Fish

    This movie is going to be awesome!

  • Three Gun Fish

    This movie is going to be awesome!

  • Bob

    Damn, I was hoping it would be called: “X-Men Origins 2: Wolverine; Endgame: Japan “

  • Billy

    I am very disappointed that Aronofsky decided to do Wolverine of all movies. As much as I love superhero movies, he is so ABOVE the material and I’d much rather watch an original Aronofsky creation rather than an unwarranted sequel to a terrible movie.
    Fox is a clueless, cynical company that doesn’t understand their own franchises and destroys them one after another

    • FincherFan

      At least we’ll get an original movie like “Machine Man” after “The Wolverine”. Either way, I can’t imagine you or me or anyone else being disappointed in either of his two upcoming films.

      In Aronofsky We Trust

    • Fuckyoubilly

      You are an idiot.

      Darren Aronofsky is only 41 years old. Like Chris Nolan, he needs box office credibility to make the pictures he wants to make. He doesn’t want to struggle to come up with the financing to make a film. Wolverine will allow him to do that.

      Plus, the guy that wrote The Usual Suspects is writing it. So shut the fuck up you dumb fuck, and have some faith you cunt.

    • InfiniteMonkey

      Err…I agree mate, Fox is clueless but this is also a stand alone entry into the Wolverine bit, its not a prequel or a sequel. Get a bloody grip!

      This should be good, I hope.

  • FincherFan

    I LOVE DARREN ARONOFSKY!!!!

  • Adam

    this NOT a sequel

  • sense11

    Great News, That man shot Requiem for a Dream & Pi, nuff said.

    • joe kerr

      so? GAVIN HOOD DIRECTED TSOTSI AND WOLVERINE STILL SUCKED

  • Niles

    EPIC WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/bodyquickmuscle bodyquick

    Yeah I remember when folks were all jazzed about hardcore Gavin Hood and his scrappy Wolverine movie- but too much studio meddling and a crappy script = bad film. Don’t see where Aronofsky won’t hit the same Fox Studios crapfest brick wall waiting for him either…
    Bodyquick

  • Anonymous

    THE WOLVERINE sounds cool. Right away it made me think of THE DARK KNIGHT.
    Coincidence?? I think not.

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  • Arnold

    Is this going to the MI4 route? Is this following The Dark knight title?

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  • Christophercantos

    the players are set so here we go

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    the players are set so here we go

  • Gunther456

    Spoilers for X-Men : Last Stand

    @ Billy: I feel your pain. Their decision to kill off Prof X so in Film #3 is like they are performing their own sepukku (suicide). Why they want to kill off a profitable franchise like The X-Men? The solo movies are a fine concept but X-Men as a team will create a bigger fan awareness, event etc. To Fox credits, the 1st 2 films are pretty good. halle Berry can be a terrific actress but she can barely hide her contempt for her X-Men role. On another note, Fantastic Four as a franchise is very poorly written and therefore acted. No more Jessica Alba as as superhero, unless she is naked. The only bright spot in the FF movies is Chris Evans as the Human Torch.

    • renou lee

      Agree with the last three sentences. So true, so true.

  • YELLOW SUIT

    Give Wolverine his Yellow n Suit and I’ll watch it! Do it not, and I wont bother as I’m bored of seeing just Hugh Jackman with knives running around slashing. The yellow suit he wears in the comics must have an origin? If not, create one! (I’m surprised he never wore one in X-Men 1 when he was a cage-fighter.)

  • YELLOW SUIT

    Give Wolverine his Yellow n Suit and I’ll watch it! Do it not, and I wont bother as I’m bored of seeing just Hugh Jackman with knives running around slashing. The yellow suit he wears in the comics must have an origin? If not, create one! (I’m surprised he never wore one in X-Men 1 when he was a cage-fighter.)

  • Criss

    this is going to be epic!!!

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