Darren Aronofsky & The Wolverine Updates

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

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A week ago, news broke that Wolverine 2 would have a different title and that the film would act as a standalone movie and not so much as a sequel to Hugh Jackman’s first true solo movie as the adamantium-laced mutant with rage issues.

While we’ve been waiting for some official movement forward with the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, since the title change news broke, interviews and updates have popped up everywhere from Darren Aronofsky’s press rounds for Black Swan. It was also confirmed via Fox through a press release that Darren Aronofsky and the studio have officially signed a two year production deal. Aronofsky’s production company Protozoa Pictures’ first feature together with Fox will be The Wolverine, thus confirming the film’s new title.

From the press release:

“Darren’s vision has brought audiences some of the most original and memorable stories and characters in recent motion picture history,” said Fox Searchlight heads, Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. “We at Fox witnessed this first hand with his work on ‘The Wrestler,’ and ‘Black Swan,’ and now, on ‘The Wolverine,’ which will be an exciting take on that iconic figure and on the genre itself. We can’t wait to see what else Darren has in store for us.”

Added Emma Watts, president of production, Twentieth Century Fox: “We’re excited Darren is going to bring his unique vision to ‘The Wolverine’ and we take great satisfaction that Fox, irrespective of the size of his films, continues to provide a home for his extraordinary talent.”

Source: Coming Soon

While Darren Aronofsky works the press rounds for his buzz-worthy film Black Swan, the director is fielding questions about his first studio franchise film, The Wolverine. Below is video from an interview with Movie City News where he confirms the new name of the film as The Wolverine, emphasizing that there is no number two in the title. The interview touches on this being a very unusual movie for Aronofsky but he optimistically explains why and how his vision for the X-Men spin-off will be “very different.”

Source: Movie City News

Our pal Ed Douglas also had the opportunity to chat with Aronofsky last week and nabbed a few tidbits of interesting information as well. As it turns out, the acclaimed director had long wanted to do an adaptation of the Japanese manga series “Lone Wolf and Cub” and with The Wolverine, he’ll get his chance to at least bring some of that to the screen.

“There’s all the samurai elements that are really exciting… I’m a big fan of Japanese movies, we’re going to try to have a good time.”

As for whether the film will have Japanese actors speaking English or subtitled, he claims it’s still under discussion but they are casting plenty of Japanese actors since they are shooting on location.

With Aronofsky’s two-year deal signed with Fox and casting about to get underway, they just have to finalize Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. The director explains that they still have some revisions to do to get it to where he wants to be.

“We’re trying to get it into a slightly better place but he’s working on it, and I think it’ll be easy to fix. Chris is an amazing writer and I’m very lucky to have him as a collaborator.”

He wouldn’t go near the topic of other characters or special appearances from franchise regulars like Sabretooth. With them hiding ties to the previous films, don’t bank on a Liev Schreiber cameo.

Source: SuperHeroHype

With Vaughn and Bryan Singer working away on X-Men: First Class and Aronofsky helming the next Wolverine spin-off, things are looking brighter for the future of Twentieth Century Fox’s largest and most successful Marvel movie franchise.

The Wolverine begins shooting in March for a 2012 Summer release.

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  1. You know, despite the cinematic abortion that was ‘X-men Origins: Wolverine’, I’m really excited about this film. I think MaQuarrie is very talented writer, and Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors (can’t wait for Black Swan). Besides, considering how horrible the last film, the sequel has to at least be good.

    • I couldn’t agree more about the “abortion” comment. The CGI in Wolverine made the Green Lantern trailer look like Avatar!

      • The only thing I liked about the movie was Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, and that was only like, 5 minutes (probably less).

        • For real. Why’d they tease us with him? He was hilarious and kick @$$

      • Little Monster and foopher,

        Ditto both your comments. I was really bored with Wolverine. Now I’m excited again!

  2. If Fox indeed allows this artist to make the movie his way, I predict The Wolverine will become Marvels The Dark Knight.

    • Unfortunately, it will become FOX’s The Dark Knight is what you mean. Iron Man is Marvel’s Dark Knight.

      • I would not call Iron Man Marvels Dark Knight. Iron Man was entertaining, but was hardly as meaningful as TDK it was more of a light hearted film. I would say Thor is probably more on it’s way to being TDK for Marvel. Financially Iron Man may do better, but I predict Thor will be a much better film. Financially Avengers will probably be their biggest earner.

        • Iron man will never compare to tdk. Apples and oranges for sure.

  3. Man I don’t care what you people say, X-Men Origins Wolverine rocked. It was a great movie, best of all the X-Men movies(though Last Stand was awesome). Yes I just said it. The last two X-Men movies are very underrated and I cannot wait for First Class and the Wolverine.

    • XMO:W is not a good movie.

    • I’m not sure if we watched the same movie.

    • you must be a toddler to like origins and the last stand. hahahahahaha
      neither of those films are remotely close to what the xmen are….

    • I saw an unfinished (not to be confused with illegal) copy of Wolverine before it came out and thought to myself “well when the CGI is done it will be cool”.

      There was no difference in the quality of the CGI. The 5 dollar disc I got off some guy in Times Square was no worse than the theatrical release…

  4. I’m seeing this movie regardless, I Love Wolverine and so far have been impressed with Hugh Jackman as Logan, can’t really see anyone else in the role now. Hope to Wolverine open up a can of you know what on The Silver Samurai. Wolverine 3 after that would be cool, but we’ll see. Wolverine 3 if there is one should end up back in Canada where the first Xmen movie found him.

  5. As long as hugh jackman wants to keep playing wolverine then I’m totally fine with continuing to watch him

  6. well i hope we see wolverine don the suite in japan as a asamuria warrior, and sabretoothe,and stryker must be in it as well searching for wolverine, and it would be cool to see omega red unless hes in first class.

  7. As a huge fan of Wolverine material (and a wife who really likes Jackman) we’re both on the fence with this one with the attitude of “its their last chance to get this right”.

    To anyone with knowledge of the story that was meant to be told in Origins…the film was, to quote the first posting, an abortion. Whilst Liev is a fantastic actor he’s just NO Sabretooth…just from a physical standpoint wrong. Add to that the cut-and-shut thing they did with Wolverines first 200 years and the nonsense regarding his lost memory (where was the chemical conditioning in the Weapon-X Project?) and for both of us here we’d best forget the “film”.

    So, fingers cross for this one but they have to work hard to undo the damage done. Besides picking Wolverines Japanese period is also going to be a task as I don’t see them including a cannon-correct depiction (or even reasonably close) of the Silver Samurai for example which will upset plenty of people.

    • i second that one for sure…

  8. LOL…. his visions… this dude has been directing movies since 1998 and has yet to have a real box office hit.. this will be the biggest hit of his career because of the name WOLVERINE.. but name it something else and its just another bad cheesy ninja flick.. FOX needs to give this franchise back to MARVEL, NUFF SAID..

  9. The only reservation I have is that this film is still being made by Fox Abattoirs who have continuously butchered MARVEL characters in which can be best described as counterfeit versions.

    Let’s see just how much control Darren Aronofsky will actually have on this project.

    Fox Abattoirs have NO respect for the original mainstream source material, they show contempt for the fans by always introducing their own convoluted changes which bear no resemblance to the original work; again disrespecting the writers and artists over the decades whose work made these characters popular in the first place.

    Give the film rights back to MARVEL / DISNEY so that we can get to see a TRUE & FAITHFUL adaptation on screen that do the comic books justice.

    It’s only a matter of time before the MARVEL / DISNEY behemoth buy back the film rights from Fox Abattoirs and Phony Sony.

  10. The only good thing about this movie is the Japanese actors in Japanese roles. Other than that, this movie looks like it just might suck

  11. soo cant wait for this

  12. Please put the mask on him this time!!!

  13. I love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but they should’ve stopped after X2. It just got, what’s the word? “Ridiculous”

  14. So this could be good or it can be horrible bad like the first hulk movie or even judge dredd:)

  15. I don’t know if this will be good, but it will certainly be different. I’m a fan of more realistic superhero flicks (well, as real as you’re able to get in the genre) and I think Aronofsky will surely deliver there.


  16. I would LIKE to have hope for anew x-men and a new wolverine movie, but I just don’t. Fox has had four shots at this story, and the best they have done is O.K.. Both the x-men and wolverine need to be rebooted,preferably by Marvel, but I’ll take a Fox reboot.