David Slade or Darren Aronofsky to Direct ‘Wolverine 2′

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

wolverine 2 director David Slade or Darren Aronofsky to Direct Wolverine 2

Two weeks ago, Hugh Jackman dropped out of the lead role in Avon Man to begin preparing for his return as the Adamantium-laced, hot-tempered mutant Wolverine in his own self-titled sequel, X-Men: Wolverine 2. A few days later the director’s shortlist for the project completely changed, dropping Matt Reeves, Tony Scott, Kathryn Bigelow and Timur Bekmambetov in favor of David Slade (Eclipse) and Robert Schwentke (Red).

Twentieth Century Fox is revving up pre-production on the next X-Men installment featuring the franchise’s poster boy mutant and now the shortlist for the director’s gig has changed yet again. Out goes Robert Schwentke and in comes Darren Aronofsky.

Deadline has the exclusive on the director shortlist update, reporting that Schwentke dropped out of the running for Wolverine 2 to pursue a job helming either Ryan Reynolds’ RIPD or the remake of The Osterman Weekend. It’s not too surprising since David Slade was the clear favorite after the unsurprising success that was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in what was surprisingly the best film of the series.

Stepping into the ring to battle for the Wolverine 2 director’s chair against Slade is Darren Aronofsky who may have the advantage having previously worked with star Hugh Jackman in The Fountain and having won the hearts of moviegoers for his work on The Wrestler, revitalizing Mickey Rourke’s career.

Slade met with Jackman while he was working on Real Steel but Deadline confirms that Aronofsky has also chatted with Jackman about the project. Ultimately, it will no doubt come down to who Jackman wants to command the project and who will help it sell and win over the most fans. It’s no secret that Fox is interested in breaking into the Twilight fanbase with their attempts at wooing Taylor Lautner into X-Men: First Class but still managing to grab another Twilight star in Edi Gathegi.

I still believe Slade will be the director chosen. He proved he can do a lot with a PG-13 rating, winning many more skeptical moviegoers and critics over, with a Twilight film no less. He made action moments and character moments much more effective, while maintaing the dark themes of the story and again, there’s the bankability now behind Slade that Aronofsky doesn’t yet have with mainstream audiences, despite his insanely gifted works presented on his resume – just look at his last three films: The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream.

Who would you choose to direct Wolverine 2?

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Source: Deadline

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  1. Jesus Christ can fox do ANYTHING right?
    As much as I love Aronofsky, the movie will still more than likely blow.

    Ah well, at least I have that awesome X-Men first class movie to look forward to right?

  2. Darren Aronofsky would be the better pick in my opinion, if Fox actually wants a better movie. Him being attached is the only way I would show up to the theater to see this film, if not, then I’m skipping it.

  3. I like either choice I think both are good.


    Nothing against Slade (loved 30 Days of Night but a Twilight movie?) but Aronofsky is a true artist and a in a different league. And Wolverine needs someone like that. A mid level director will not do much for the franchise (which is exactly how it started, with a mid level director).

    My hopes are low though. Fox loves to butcher a director’s/writer’s vision so not sure Aronofsky will go for that.

    Crossing my fingers.

  5. Neither director would be a terrible choice in my opinion. The story of Wolverine in Japan at that time is less gory and violent most of the rest of his life. So a PG-13 wouldn’t really hurt it like I feel it did with the first movie. I’ll keep a wait and see attitude. I’m more concerned with who is writing this and whether they can make work.

  6. Hoping that Hugh Jackman has some influence over Fox executives to make sure Darren Aronofsky gets the job.

    I would rather watch a gifted work on screen than mainstream TWEEN popcorn fodder.

    • pretty much my thoughts too Mag

  7. “Darren Aronofsky who may have the advantage …

    It’s interesting to me that Fox had a short list, and when one fella backs out, David Slade should have the job, right? Well, not so fast! Aronofsky’s name comes out of nowhere and suddenly, comics fans think it’s a wonderful idea!

    Comics fans, if this is your wish, I officially disown all of you. Yoo do remember all those nice ideas Aronofsky had for Batman (Year one), don’t you? Oh, well, he directed the well acted The Wrestler, and- I’m stunned over the love over The Fountain. But y’know, Aronofsky he would be a great choice for a remake of Zardoz, should one ever happen.

    But Wolverine II?

    I think Slade is going to get it. But y’know something? Once Aronofsky says no, I suspect “the short list” will throw in another name, maybe one of the three directors who doesn’t wind up with the FF gig. Or maybe another director, (other than Chris Nolan, and obviously Woody Allen) who had worked with Jackman before…

    Just give it to the 30 Days director.

  8. At this point I’m more concerned with the writers then I am either of these directors.

  9. Please aronofsly don’t!

  10. Seriously Aronofsky is way above this.

  11. I loved The Wrestler and Iove Hugh but The Fountin was just awful. Crap film

  12. I dont think the Superheo Genre is Aronofskys forte.
    Give it to Slade.

  13. I’m with you Sully. Aronofsky is way above Wolverine2 and if he does direct it it will be ground breaking.

    Guys a friggen genius. ,,,

  14. Great. Slade will get the job and we’ll have Wolverine sparkling, pasty-faced and brooding. Twilight: Wolverine. UGH.

    If Wolverine got bitten by a vampire, would his healing power cancel out the power of the undead? :P

  15. Why all the fuss over who is director? Sounds like nobody plans to go see the movie anyhow. Suddenly here is Aronofsky — he goes with the Japanese setting, in a way.

  16. I say David Slade as long as he plays the movie like he did on “Hard Candy.” Aronofsky has better movies to be making.

  17. Darren Aronofsky has better sense than to get involved in something as awful as this. X Men 4 ( Wolverine ) might be my least favourite comic book movie of all time. Frankly, I’d watch a Batman and Robin marathon that only showed Batman and Robin.

  18. Aronofsky of course. The X-men franchise could be way more complex and confusing than it was presented in the blockbuster versions. The whole idea of X-men relies very much on psychology and thought patterns. That’s the kind of thing Aronofsky specialises in. Less action, more story. That’s the only way to pull of a sequel that doesn’t look like a cover of the prequels.