Darren Aronofsky on Why He Decided to Direct The Wolverine
11.22.10 by BJSprecher
Ever since acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky was first rumored to be in the running to direct the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, naysayers have been coming out of the woodwork. Comic book movie fans have questioned whether Aronofsky has what it takes to direct an action movie featuring one of the wildest, most feral superheroes in all of comic-dom, and fans of Aronofsky's previous body of work have questioned whether he has "sold out" by making a comic book movie. In a recent video interview with DP/30, Aronofsky explained why he signed on to direct The Wolverine, saying that he is "just tryin' to have fun" and that "hopefully, once again, I'll surprise everyone."
I think, for the first time in my life—you know, every single film that I've done so far I've been the only person in the room who wants to make the movie. And, I kinda am excited about doin' a film where actually everyone wants to make it. And, just to see what the experience is like and to see if I can do what I do in that world.
Aronofsky said that fans of his previous body of work are wrong if they think that he will change the way he makes movies in some way just because he is working for Fox on a big budgeted superhero movie.
It's not like I'm gonna to change my process. I'm gonna to be working with the same team, and making—you know, really trying to do something very, very different.... I think I'm being hired because of who I am. I'm not being hired to turn into someone. I'm being hired to do what I do.... We're definitely going to make something great, you know, but it will be very different. And, that's what I do.
Aronofsky bristled somewhat by the interviewer's reference to the movie as "Wolverine 2" and once again stated that The Wolverine will not be connected to the previous movie or to the X-Men movies.
By the way, take off the "#2"; it has nothing to do with that. It's a standalone piece that has nothing to do with the whole franchise or in that universe.
The script for The Wolverine was written by Christopher McQuarrie and is said to be based on the classic Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller (300, Sin City), which took Wolverine to Japan and pitted him against ninjas and samurais for the right to be with the woman he loves. Hugh Jackman will once again reprise the role of Logan, aka Weapon X, aka Wolverine. The movie is expected to go into production in April 2011 in New York before moving to Japan.