Wolverine 2 To Shoot in March, Aronofsky Deal Almost Done

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

Darren Aronofsky directing Wolverine 2 Wolverine 2 To Shoot in March, Aronofsky Deal Almost Done

The shortlist of director candidates to helm Wolverine 2 was narrowed down to one two weeks ago and now it’s being reported that negotiations with Darren Aronofsky are almost complete. While we can now say Aronofsky will be directing Hugh Jackman yet again, talks have now moved to selecting a start date and shooting locations.

The Gavin Hood-directed Wolverine was shot mainly in New Zealand and Australia, with a few scenes filmed in New Orleans and British Columbia. For the sequel, much of the movie will be shot on location in Japan with the sound stage portions being done in New York for the sake of Jackman’s and Aronofsky’s families as Deadline points out.

Since Hugh Jackman is intimately involved with the production of Wolverine 2 as he was with his first solo outing, Fox wanted to bring someone in who has a resume of films that fans can get behind and someone who already has a strong working relationship with the Aussie star. Both Wolverine and X-Men 3 earned big money at the box office but both were not so successful from a critical standpoint. The studio and producer Lauren Shuler Donner wish to turn that around as they move forward in expanding the X-Men franchise and they hope to bring back the ratings and positive fan reception with X-Men: First Class and Wolverine 2.

Wolverine 2 will follow Logan after losing his memory in the first movie as he heads to Japan. The film, penned by Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie will attempt to adapt one of the most popular and famous Wolverine stories from the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont/Frank Miller.

Jackman had dropped out of Avon Man back in August to begin training for Wolverine 2. With production set to begin in Spring 2011, we can expect Fox to set an early Summer release date in 2012 in similar fashion to all four previous X-Men titles. With First Class opening in 2011, this will give Fox at least one mutant blockbuster per year for the next two years unless they can also get Ryan Reynolds to shoot Deadpool next year as well, also for 2012 release, in between his Green Lantern movies for which they’re already scripting a sequel.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. things I want to see in Wolvie 2:

    A massive ninja battle, wolvie vs. The hand, a hundred of ‘em!

    Donald Pierce (he can set up for wolvie 3 when he fights THE REAVERS!!! cross my fingers)


    Omega Red!

  2. yeah lets just wait till fox comes in and ruins everythin all over again shall we :)

  3. Can’t say I have any real interest in this, the first one was absolutely horrendous, waste of the talent involved, waste of my money goiing to see it.
    Was one of the worst comic book moives ever made in my opinion, its up there with Batman and Robin, and Spiderman 3.

    I usually like Hugh Jackman in all of his films, but with this, and the robot boxing movie (WTF by the way?!) he’s losing all appeal for me. I remember hearing that he was in the running to play Bond at one point, and I can’t help but wonder what that may have been like…

    • he woulda been an austrailian sounding Bond Sam lol.

      • True, but I reckon he could do an English accent, he’d have been a better Bond than Craig.

        • hmm, its a flip of a coin, for me i’ve always felt that iconic screen characters should be done by someone that is the same nationality as the character they are portraying. but maybe that’s just me.which is why i haven’t seen Scott’s Robin Hood film.

          • No I do agree with you, I’m hugely against anyone who isnt British playing Bond, I just thought Jackman as Bond might have been an interesting experiment.
            Bond is described as being English but only two of the actors to play him have actually been from England.


            I still think Clive Owen would have been a better fit for Bond, but he would only sign a two picture deal and wanted 10% of the gross, with combined from the two films would been 80 million dollars!

  4. It can’t rain all the time. Can it? Maybe they’ll finally get it right. They’ve got the right back story, Jackman is a good Logan, he really is. And he’s done this 4 times now. Aronofsky’s got some chops, I’m crossing my fingers on this one… think positive.

    It’s all we got.

  5. This either be brilliant and unique or it’s gonna stink like a big pile….

  6. I just really wish I wasn’t going to have to put up with the Silver Samurai. I would much rather see Omega Red or the Hulk. Alpha Flight would be awesome. But oh no. Wolverine vs ninjas and Silver Samurai. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!

  7. seriously. hey fox! do the right thing and give marvel back theyre characters! the weird thing is if marvel WAS behind these productions… they would be totally differnt films i bet with the same directors and everything it would be 100% accurate to the source material because thats what marvel believes in all the xmen and spiderman films would be within the continuity of the marvel universe. because of sony and fox we jjust have a huge mess theyve butcherd these films

  8. AWESOME!!

  9. Things I want to see in this film: better script better acting, better dialogue, special effects that live up to today’s standards. Overall, everything that was done in the last film needs to be improved.

  10. “The studio and producer Lauren Shuler Donner wish to turn that around as they move forward in expanding the X-Men franchise and they hope to bring back the ratings and positive fan reception with X-Men: First Class and Wolverine 2.”

    I don’t foresee this happening. All the comic fanboys are already upset about Fox’s interpretation of “First Class” and how this may turn out.
    We will see.

  11. We Got A Great Director
    A Great Lead Star
    A Great Screen Writer

    lots of things to be excited about

    • thats b.s. Fact of the matter is Wolverine’s solo comic stories have never been all that fascinating. Of all the cool possibilities that Wolverine offers (based on his traits and origins) the comic story lines hardly ever equaled that. That’s why he was always better in the X-Men comics.

      I am a die hard Wolverine fan (he’s my favorite amongst marvel characters) but I don’t see Silver Samurai being cool in any movie and the point of Wolverine’s life in Japan is about falling in love, being betrayed and revenging the death of his Japanese bride. Sound familiar?

      If this is gonna be anything better than the pile that W:Origins was than Aronofsky better pull off an amazing story and cast super strong emotionally charged actors that will be passionate about their characters.


    • it wasnt anyones fault but Ryans merc :( he wasnt as dedicated as he said he was to getting the film done or even dedicated enough to get it jump started.

      • Ultimately he went for the paycheck. but lets see how Green Lantern turns out before we crucify the guy.

  13. I think that Aronofsky will work wonders with the Japanese aspect, along with Jackman’s Wolverine magic — if only the script is as good as they are, and it should be.. it could be the best movie of them all.

  14. Yeah sort of like a rare coin embedded in a fresh cowpie. If only you had a rubber glove and a closepin…

  15. when I was on the farm, a fresh cowpie was a valuable commodity — it fertilized the watermelon patch..

    who is the rare coin and who is the cowpie? I hope Jackman is the coin as he is my all time fav actor..

  16. I am sorry tell everyone Fox is going to screw this movie up. Fox could not make a good movie base on Marvel comics even with the help of GOD.

    • God would help them, but they declined him when he said he wanted to play Wolverine.

    • @Salo LMAO!!! Imagine God getting mad at Fox for messing up. “Me-dammit! You guys are bunch of hardheaded heathens”!

  17. Such a lot of kvetching! If u didn’t like Wolvie 1 these changes should make ya’all happy as pigs in sheets – no? Try showing just a shmear of support for cripes sake if you really want this to come together.