A few months ago, we first started to hear rumours that Darren Aronofsky was on the shortlist of directors being considered to helm the next Wolverine film. At the time, most people seemed doubtful, despite the fact that Hugh Jackman had previously worked with him on The Fountain and continued to talk up the possibility in interviews. However, as time went on, his involvement began to look more and more likely, and I think this week we can finally confirm that Aronofsky is indeed going to be taking on Wolverine 2. Here’s the thing, though: he’s not referring to it as a sequel, and it won’t actually be called Wolverine 2 either.
On Friday, Drew from Hitfix ran into cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who had worked with Darren Aronofsky on all of his films except The Wrestler. Libatique confirmed that he would be shooting the Wolverine film for Aronofsky as well. The next day, Aronofsky sat down for an interview and Hitfix relayed the following tidbits:
“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.”
Of course, as far as we know, this is still going to be based on the script by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) where Logan travels to Japan, so even though Aronofsky is going to try to make it self-contained, it was originally conceived as a continuation from the first. Either way, this is pretty exciting news. I don’t think many people had a lot of enthusiasm for this franchise after seeing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but now there is definitely a reason to look forward to it. After years of wondering what could have been with Aronofsky’s failed Batman movie, it appears we are getting what is essentially the next best thing. Are you psyched to see Aronofsky take on a comic book movie, or is this something that’s below a director like him?