Source Code Duncan Jones to Direct The Wolverine?
Posted 04.12.11 by Ryan
Since director Darren Aronofsky decided last month that he wasn't ready to commit to the lengthy shooting schedule involved in 20th Century Fox's The Wolverine, the stand-alone, non-sequel sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, rumors of a replacement have begun.
The week after Aronofsky's departure, director David Slade (Twilight Saga: Eclipse) denied rumors that he was up for the job, silencing the rumor mill for the moment. Duncan Jones, director of the recently released Source Code, is the latest director to have his name associated with the project.
To be fair to rumor mongering, Jones did reveal to IGN at London's Kapow! Comic Con that he is a fan of the character of Wolverine.
I think he's a great character, and I don't want to go dangerous ground here, but I'd say he's more interesting to me than Batman. I think they've made a very successful run of films with that and I think a good Wolverine film could be an amazing thing. He's got a sense of humor and he's gruff and he's kind of pissed off at everyone — and I like that.
Now that isn't Jones admitting he would direct the movie, but AICN reports that Jones has a meeting with Fox about the project. That's hardly a confirmation that Jones will take over for Aronofsky, and, prior to Jones' Kapow! interview with IGN, Jones told Empire that he has "a lot of meetings and catching-up to do when I get back to LA," implying that other projects could take precedent.
In his IGN interview at Kapow!, Jones was more excited to talk about his futuristic thriller Mute, the sci-fi passion project Jones wanted to make before eventually directing Source Code. Jones again spoke of Mute as the "next film" he would like to direct.
I'm writing what I hope will be my next film. Again, Mute keeps on coming back, it's kind of like my Don Quixote for Terry Gilliam [and Orson Welles before him], I don't know if I'm ever going to get it made but I'll keep trying.
As a first stage, we're gonna try and do it as a graphic novel, because that worked for Darren Aronofsky when he did The Fountain. He was able to get the film made off a graphic novel of that story. So we're going to try that and I'll keep trying to get Mute made as a film. Otherwise, there's this other thing I'm writing that I'm very excited about.
Sounds like Jones has other projects that are more important to him than The Wolverine, however, should Jones decide to direct the movie and it became a success for Fox, it's more likely that his would be able to get Mute off the ground. Jones would already have a star attached in Fox's Hugh Jackman, and, reportedly, a great script from Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects). Jones just has to be okay with spending a year shooting in Japan, something that was a deal-breaker for Aronofsky.