James Mangold to Direct The Wolverine
06.16.11 by Ryan
In October of last year, Hugh Jackman confirmed that director Darren Aronofsky was in place to direct The Wolverine, the stand-alone sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and all seemed right with the world.
Armed with a script from Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), there was no reason not to believe Jackman when he said that Aronofsky was going to make The Wolverine "fantastic." Plans were in place to start shooting in April of this year, but a month before the Japan-based shoot, Aronofsky decided he didn't want to spend a year away from his family and quit. Then, the project just...sat there.
In May, it was revealed that Twentieth Century Fox had put together a shortlist of directors for the project which included Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), commercial director Gary Shore, Gavin O'Connor (Pride and Glory), James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line), Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, Elite Squad 2), Justin Lin (Fast and Furious, Five Five) and Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go). Romanek passed, but it looks like Mangold got the job.
The Playlist reports that Mangold is Fox's pick for the job, which had to be precipitated by the fact that continuing to search for a director would mean delaying the movie until 2013 or beyond. Or perhaps the studio thought that the director of last year's poorly received Knight and Day was the best choice for the job. Mangold won't be able to duplicate Aronofsky's dark and personal directorial tone, though Mangold has proved he can succeed in a variety of genres, using various budgets.
Based on the 1982 comic book mini-series by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller, The Wolverine follows Wolverine as he goes to Japan to confront a long lost love and becomes embroiled in a confrontation with a ninja clan called the Hand. Currently, the movie has no release date.