Well, this is somewhat unexpected. Rumors have been abounding for quite some time about who will direct the sequel to the dismal pile of vomitous ruin that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film will be set in Japan and show more of Logan’s early years. It will once again feature Hugh Jackman as the mutant Wolverine, and hopefully will not destroy the comic’s continuity any further, and will also hopefully not feature every mutant in the fucking universe. Seriously: Sabertooth, Wolverine, Weapon X program. Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston. How they fucked that up will remain one of life’s great mysteries.
Anyway, it’s looking more and more like one of the recent rumors is about to come true, and that the director will be one of the more unlikely candidates — Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain). Aronofsky just officially turned down Tales From The Gangster Squad, the period gangster flick about Mickey Cohen, and he’s apparently working on a mega deal with Fox to direct Wolverine 2.
Fuck if I know if it’s a good idea. Many people think that with Aronofsky at the helm (he’s been linked to a half-dozen other superhero pictures in the past), we’re in for an epic, Dark Knight-caliber flick. Which would be outstanding, except that Fox meddles with its movies to the point of ridiculousness, forcing directors to add more and more superfluous junk to them, while ignoring any semblance of storytelling and plotting (see also: X-Men 3, Spider-Man 3). And Aronofsky is a director who usually has a fairly uncompromising, singular vision. If he can somehow wrestle creative control away and make his movie, we may have something special. Hopefully it’ll be ass-to-ass free, though.
As long as it isn’t Logan as a whiny pup who has about four minutes where he actually acts like the character. In a perfect world, it’d get a hard R and be as bloody as the the “Wolverine” comic books were when they came out — all Madripoor and Silver Samurai, cutting up people by the dozens and shit. How likely is that? Not very. But a boy can dream.
In any event, it’s not signed or sealed yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
(source: The Playlist)
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