It looks like one of two directors is going to be taking Wolverine to Japan. Vulture reports that the contenders to helm Wolverine 2 are David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife, the upcoming Bruce Willis action flick Red). While both men have been approved by 20th Century Fox brass, the decision comes down to Hugh Jackman, and Vulture says he’s going to choose Slade.
Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) is penning the script, which will see Wolverine traveling to Japan and completely ignorant of the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine thanks the magic of adamantium memory bullets. I’m going to assume that McQuarrie will be drawing from Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s 1979 arc that had Wolverine traveling to Japan and falling in love with Mariko Yashida whose father, Shingen Yashida was a Yakuza crime boss. Shingen also had an illegitimate son, Keniuchio Harada, who was a mutant and came to be known as the Silver Samurai. Vulture says the plot of the movie has Wolverine battling folks with samurai swords. Hopefully those swords won’t be coming out their freaking forearms. Hit the jump for my thoughts on Slade (potentially) getting the gig.
I skipped Slade’s 30 Days of Night since everyone I talked to said it was crap. However, I have seen Hard Candy and Eclipse and he has skills. Then again, Gavin Hood, who directed Origins, won an Oscar for Tsotsi, so past success doesn’t necessarily translate to a quality picture. Wolverine deserves a good movie and he didn’t get it the last time out. Hopefully, Slade, McQuarrie, and Jackman can make it happen this go round.