Hugh Jackman Promises Wolverine 2 Director ‘As Good’ as Aronofsky

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

The Wolverine New Director Hugh Jackman Promises Wolverine 2 Director As Good as Aronofsky

When the news broke that a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine would instead act as a standalone film with potential to launch a series of successive installments – a la James Bond – it was a good thing. In fact, we don’t want any X-Men movie to feel the need to base itself on what happened in Wolverine’s first solo outing. Deadpool and X-Men: First Class are ignoring it too.

News got even better when it was announced that Darren Aronofsky, living in the success of Black Swan, would re-partner with Hugh Jackman (The Fountain) to bring us the sequel, titled The Wolverine. Finally, we had a chance of getting a Wolverine movie the way it should be made. Right? Wrong.

Then, all of a sudden, that positive momentum hit an adamantium-laced wall when Aronofsky pulled himself out of the project. Rumors of creative differences with the studio (not again…) aside, Aronofsky is no longer a part of the project due to the time commitment away from his family.

Without a director and with the terrible situation in Japan caused by the horrifying tsunami, The Wolverine was finding itself in limbo. Enter Hugh Jackman on his shiny white horse with an appearance at CinemaCon to show off footage for Real Steel. Where Hugh Jackman goes, so do Wolverine questions.

“So now we’re out looking for a director… We were pretty much ready to go. The script is fantastic — the best we’ve ever had, which is why it attracted Darren in the first place. His personal situation precludes him from doing it now, and I feel for him. But now we need to find a director.”

Who can replace Darren, Hugh?

“We’re not going to settle. We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good. Everyone is still pushing forward to getting it done.”

Finding a quality director willing to take on a possibly rushed big budget film in a franchise looked upon with mixed reaction for a studio that’s also looked down upon for how it handles said franchise may be a challenge. That was a mouthful.

I hope for Jackman’s sake and that of moviegoers and X-Men fans everywhere that Twentieth Century Fox is able to sign a director we can really get behind, but more importantly, that said director will have significantly more control over the final product. Jackman has really dedicated his life to this role and character, and he’s even working harder than ever at 42 years of age to build his body into a stronger and bulker mutant.

Darren’s out. Who do you think should replace him in the director’s chair?

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

Source: EW

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  1. Breck Eisner, Matt Reeves and Doug Liman seem reasonably obtainable choices.

  2. Tarantino!

    • Yeah that is a sure formula for fail.

  3. I know he’s busy with Avatar 2 but James Cameron would be a an excellent choice. He knows how to make a story come alive in the the movies.

    • Cameron wouldn’t touch Wolverine at all.

    • 15 years ago maybe, today he is so full of himself even Wolverine couldnt pop that ego with his claws.

  4. Ang Lee (best choice)
    Guy Ritche
    Takashi Miike( 2nd best choice)

    • Ang Lee?? Really? This must be a joke so I’ll bight…LOL!!!! Ha Ha! Good joke :)

  5. SUUUUUREEEEE he also promised that X-men Origins Wolverine would be good and that sucked. What do you expect him to say though, that Aronofsky dropped out because the movie was going to suck? I mean you know that he woudl have found a way to work if he thought that the script was worth it. I feel like this film will suck too

  6. Oprah!

  7. hate to state this and his comments are all well and done – but thats the same sheeeet he stated the last time. although, i would hope to believe that this one will stand alone.

  8. Doug Liman.

    He knows how to do excellent action scenes without shaky cam.

  9. Danny Boyle
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Yimou Zhang
    Brad Bird

    • pt anderson?? a comic book movie! hahahaha. next you would want godard making superman

  10. Wouldn’t surprise me if he ‘Jackman’ didn’t bring Shawn Levy “Real Steel” on board. However what about “A-Team” director Joe Carnahan or “The Rundown” director Peter Berg?

  11. Wolverine sucks. The character was interesting a long time ago under Frank Miller or Chris Clairmont’s pen. The healing factor was not on a level with a deity, he was tough as nails but didn’t trade punches with the Hulk. Now he survives ground zero nuclear attacks, can trade blows with the Hulk. LOL Marvel does what is has always been loathe to do everytime a character becomes popular, it (with no explaination) elevates their powers to match their level of popularity. We saw this with every X character, Spiderman and most specifically over the years Wolverine. Marvel even had to make him a pretty boy because god forbid one of their more popular characters be physically ugly (or at the very least rugged looking) and routinely draws him at the same height as other characters when he is supposed to be 5ft 3″. Part of his charm was that he was a tenacious underdog. He always got his ass kicked by the bigger stronger characters but never gave up. Now he stands toe to toe with Thor .

    All that aside, this movie is now undoubtably doomed. Fons would have brought out that rogeish underdog charm that made Wolverine a beloved- broken character. Thats what Fons does best, Broken characters with empathy.
    They ain’t gonna get Scorsece or Coppola and Kurosawa is dead and other than those three I can’t imagine another director with the balls have free reign to play up the brokeness and play down the shiney prettyboyness that is Movie and current Marvel Wolverine.

    Maybe Takashi Mike but he speaks no English. He would be great but will never ever f-ing happen. These are properties and investments. With the only BANKABLE gritty dark et director off the table they will go safe, clean and shiney

    • clairemont rules. mike rules, but american audiences would b so lost with mike’s directing style. would never get a rating so marvel could sell their toys.

    • The comic books overpowering everyone really has nothing to do with them wanting to just make a commercial movie at this point. The Claremont/Miller Wolverine would be an R-rated movie like Blade was and that’s not what Fox wants and that’s probably not going to change.

      Wolverine could always take a punch from the Hulk though, it was actually his job before X-Men. As you observed he just had to keep up with the other marquee characters as time went on.

  12. i think we need Michael Bay

  13. David Lynch

    Aprils’ …..!

  14. I’d say Ridley Scott, but it looks like he is already got a lot on his plate

  15. Even though it does, what Jackman said about XMO:W should not put down his credibility. He’s entitled to his own opinion, and it was not all bad, far from it. Still not how it could of been. To be fair he was probably just as hyped as the rest of us about the mere prospect of a Wolverine solo film, as he is a fan of the character now himself. Plus, even if this film doesn’t get a good director, that has nothing to do with the comments he’s made on the script itself, they are unlinked.

  16. I’d go left field and give it to Ron Howard