David Slade to Direct Wolverine 2?

Despite poor reviews and plenty of grumbling from disappointed fans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine still made $373 million worldwide, so it only makes sense that Fox would continue to move forward with another solo Wolverine flick. Last we heard, a script had been written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun), but a director still had not been decided upon. Gavin Hood will not be returning, and despite rumours to the contrary, neither Tony Scott nor Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) ended up taking the job. Now this week we’ve got a report that there are two more filmmakers competing for the director’s chair, and the most likely of the two just finished helming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Should we be concerned?

According to Vulture, Fox has narrowed their choices for Wolverine 2 down to David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, The Time Traveler’s Wife). Hugh Jackman apparently has the final say, but an inside source claims that David Slade is the current frontrunner.

Schwentke does not appear to have as much experience directing action movies, although his most recent film is the upcoming Warren Ellis comic book movie Red starring Bruce Willis. Slade himself just finished The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which actually seems like good preparation for Wolverine, believe it or not. Not only did it feature plenty of fight scenes involving creatures with claws, but Twilight is obviously based around the idea of forbidden love, and apparently there is a similar love story at the center of Wolverine 2 as well. The movie takes place in Japan where Logan falls for a woman whose hand in marriage is already promised to another man. What do you think, are either of these guys right for the job? And is there a chance that Wolverine 2 might actually be an improvement on the previous film?

  • Ben

    DESPITE his work on Twilight, Slade is a director with a lot of potential. I don’t know enough about Schwentke at this point to have an opinion one way or the other; the trailers for Red look good though.

    I don’t know what to make of this. The direction was the least of the problems with the first Wolverine movie. It was so bad that I’d find it hard to give the series another chance without some solid indications that it’s good.

  • I liked Slade’s first two and still have faith in his abilities even though he sold out and did a Twilight movie. Can’t blame the dude, I’d take care of my whole fam too, if I had the opportunity.

    Slade has a more stylized approach; and that’s what a comic book movie needs.

  • If Slade directs this he’s officially off the radar for me. As melodramatic as that may sound, it’s just very weird that the director of Hard Candy is now directing sequels, and sequels of spin offs.

  • And it’s fine if he sells out every once in a while, but two in a row? It seems like thats all he’s interested in now.

  • Kurei

    Is this movie gonna have him fighting the Silver Samurai then? That could be cool, and make a great final fight.

  • Ben

    The idea of “selling out” is incredibly overused. The idea that sequels automatically fall into this realm of the imaginary “sell out” is, also, incredibly overused.

  • I’m pretty sure that sequels to things like “Wolverine” and “Twilight” count. Were not talking about Kill Bill Vol. 2 here, this is just flat out assembly line cinema. It doesn’t matter if it’s overused, it’s a reality.

  • Gil

    Agreeing with Drew here.