For a while now it’s been known that Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain, The Wrestler) has been offered the directing chair for the next Wolverine film, but there hasn’t been any confirmation that he is actually going to do it yet. But today Hugh Jackman has confirmed that Aronofsky is in fact attached to direct it. He goes on to say that Aronofsky’s Wolverine 2 will not be a “usual” X-Men movie.
This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope. Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.
Jackman goes on to talk about how the film is going to have “meat and bones”.
This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark. But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic. There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.
Cool, right? Well not so fast. Jackman said similar comments with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He really talked that movie up, and got us all excited for it. Only to see the film to be one of the worst comic-book films in history, right up there with Superman IV.
Sigh, I dunno. I guess we’re just going to have to look past the fact that the Wolverine storyline once passed through the hands of Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner. Maybe we should be fully expecting a Christopher Nolan-ish turn on this one!