Many fans were disappointed when Patrick Stewart commented back in January that he didn’t think he or Ian McKellen would be reprising their X-Men roles in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. Some wondered if we’d ever see them back as Professor Xavier and Magento ever again. Fear not though, it seems that both Sirs will be returning to the big screen to play those iconic X-Men roles, maybe just not in the same movie together. (more…)
Jackman Absolutely, Positively, Without a Doubt Certain that ‘Wolverine 3’ will be the LAST Time he Plays Logan (Maybe)
Any nerd will tell you that the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine sucked. It wasn’t thematic, had no tension, and made a mockery of the iconic characters rich and dynamic history. In other words, it’s so bad it causes diseases.
Regardless of en-raged fans, a sequel was going to be inevitable.
Now, who the hell would want to make a sequel? Who would want to make a follow up to what is arguably the worst super movie of all time (OK, it’s not the worst, but it is certainly is one of the most disrespectful)? Who would want to be attached to that unwashable cum stain of a movie? Well, apparently….Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain, The Wrestler).
Truth be told, we’ve been hearing his name tossed around as possible director for quite some time, but we never took it seriously. Honestly, why would the visionary/master story teller of The Fountain and The Wrestler even consider such an offer? Beyond conceivable. Regardless, much to our surprise, he is taking the job….or, at-least we think he is.
The films cinematographer Matty Libatique had let it slip at screening of Aronofskys film ‘The Black Swan’ that he, again would be working with the director for Wolverine. Drew McWeeny at HitFix caught up with Aronofsky at a later press junket and confronted him about this reveal. Here is what Drew came back with :
The film that he’s directing is officially called The Wolverine, and there won’t be a number attached to it. In our interview, he referred to the movie as a “one-off,” and he emphasized that the film isn’t a sequel in any conventional sense.
Mind you there is still no official announcements confirming that Aronofsky will shoot the flick, but really that comment speaks for itself.
Motherfucker, the maker of ‘Pi’ and ‘Requiem For A Dream'” to “the director of ‘Wolverine 2′”? Never thought it would happen. But, now that it’s true I’m actually really freaking excited. Not only is ‘The Wolverine’ not going to be a sequel, which means we can forget about the skull fuck experience of the first one, but we actually might get a reboot that does justice to the character.
What do Wolverine and Aronofsky have in common? They both have a lot to offer. Aronosfky’s films are all about emotion and Wolverine is a character of emotion all into himself. This is a perfect pairing. Hopefully Aronofsky will embrace the violent nature of the character and give us something confusingly awesome and complex, as he’s known to do.
What say you? What do you think about Aronofsky directing? What do you think of the title ‘The Wolverine”? Share you thoughts with the group.
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!
A while back we heard that Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) was approached for the director chair of Wolverine 2. Being that he’s name has been beat around Hollywood like a $5 hooker the rumor wasn’t taken that seriously. After all, his name has been dropped for every other, highly anticipated, nerd movie (Batman 3, Preacher, Superman Reboot). It seemed more like nerd wishful thinking rather then legimate news.
Well now, since he’s out of the running for Superman (Zach Snyder got the job, in case you didn’t know) it’s been reported, by Vulture, that 20th Century Fox has indeed offered the directing role for the next Wolverine movie to Mr. Aronofsky.
Until last weekend, though, Aronofsky was far more interested in directing WB’s original take on Superman — in which Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman — than doing a sequel like Wolverine 2. But on Saturday, Aronofsky was informed by WB he was out of the running for Man of Steel, and suddenly directing a sequel didn’t seem so bad. Today, his reps began negotiations with Fox to put him behind the camera for Wolverine 2.
If he takes the job, he’ll be directing a script by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) which puts Wolverine in “a love story featuring a Japanese actress“, possibly an adaptation of the Mariko Yashida storyline.
I still can’t take this seriously. Who knows, maybe he has been offered the gig, but, I can’t see him realistically taking the job. 1. He’s a directer that takes his time and doesn’t like to be restrained. It’s his way and that’s it. A guy that spends months trying to get a film just right. FOX being controlling douchebags, at-least with their super hero franchises won’t allow for this kind of artistic freedom.The two just don’t mix (unless it’s for a FOX Searchlight Pic. like The Wrestler). 2. Does he really wanna be the guy to follow up X-Men Origins: Wolverine, perhaps the worst superhero movie of all time (oh, that “I’ll shoot him in the head to make him forget” scene angers me greatly)?Honestly, who wants that come stain on their career?
At any rate, you can just add this to the list of ‘potential’ projects sent Aronofsky’s way. He’s an acclaimed director with some serious nerd street cred, so his name is bound to come up in choices for projects like Batman 3, Preacher and even Wolverine 2, which has name was also tossed around for.
WOLVERINE 2? SUPERMAN? PREACHER? What would you like to see him direct?
Ya know my biggest problem with X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Hugh Jackman! I’m sure I’m gonna get shit for this (bring it), but he sucks as Wolverine. The character of Wolverine is that of a feral beast trying desperately hard to find his humanity. Jackman plays it the other way around. He’s just a jacked underwear model trying to hard to be a beast. But, that was just one of my many disappointments with the Wolverine flick. It wasn’t thematic, had no tension and it they just cherry picked the characters comic history, put it in a blender and served it with a side of shit (shit shakes are the worst). Suffice to say I hated the movie (and you should to) and I am not looking forward to the sequel. Regardless of who’s involved.
But, that’s me. I’m sure the rest of you have some investment in second installment. And, with word going around the internetz of directors being approached for the project you might actually be excited.
Deadline New York has reported that previously rumored director, Robert Schwentke, has dropped out of contention for directing the film, most likely because he may have committed to the R.I.P.D project.
The trade site is now reporting that Darren Aronofsky (The Wrester) is in the mix now to direct the film but that the studio’s favorite is David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse).
With Aronfsky and Jackman’s history with ‘The Fountain’ I can see why he might approached. But, knowing the creative freedom Aronofsky likes to have with his projects and knowing the butthole spelunkers at FOX are controlling Nazis, it seems unlikely Aronofsky would take the offer seriously. So, who does that leave? The fucking guy responsible for Twilight: Eclipse. Honestly, do I even need to illustrate how bad of an idea that is? hmm, I guess I do. OK, here it goes. David Slade+Wolverine= POOP w/claws.
The rumored plot for the sequel will focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord, and what happens to Logan when he escapes to Japan after the Three Mile Island incident of the first film.