Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is going to Japan and while he doesn’t need his memory to earn a new love interest and some enemies, he does need a new director. Through interviews after the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it’s been clear that Gavin Hood would not be back to direct the sequel – perhaps a result of the poor critical response to the film.
While there was talk of Bryan Singer possibly taking the director’s chair, he was instead given the chance to helm the X-Men prequel, First Class, until scheduling issues caused him to step out and into the producer role. So who then could we see join Twentieth Century Fox to direct Wolverine 2?
New York Magazine’s Vulture is exclusively reporting that directors David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Robert Schwentke (Red) are both being considered to helm Wolverine’s next adventure. Strangely enough, neither Slade or Schwentke were listed in the candidates named last month: Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), Tony Scott (Man on Fire), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). Reeves and Scott were apparently the two Fox was honing in on then but now it appears none of those directors are in the running.
According to the latest report, Slade and Schwentke have both been approved by the executives at Fox but sources hint at Slade being the likely choice. If it’s true, I’m totally sold on Slade. He’s proven that he knows how to make a dark movie with action, even with a PG-13 rating as we saw with Eclipse, by far the best of the Twilight series.
We also can’t ignore the Twilight connection. There was a strong push for Twilight actors playing a part of X-Men: First Class and we know they’ll mention Eclipse in the advertisements of Wolverine 2 should Slade get the job.
As for the story of Wolverine 2, we know Logan heads off to Japan after the mess that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine and while there, he falls for a woman who is set to be married to another man. This of course, leads to fighting, Samurai and Adamantium claws, and the hilarity ensues.
With Hugh Jackman recently dropping out of the lead role in Avon Man to make time to prepare for Wolverine 2, Fox wants to get moving on this project and start locking in the key people.