Darren Aronofsky Confirmed for Wolverine 2, Reveals Title

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?



  • Hugh

    There are plenty of potentially intersting directions that they can take the wolverine character in.

    I just hope that it is an improvement on the last film, which was mediocre at best.

  • I actually really liked Wolverine – second favorite X-Men movie behind X2.

  • mark

    Is it still gonna have hugh jackman? I hate that guy.

  • Over the years, a lot of the best Wolverine solo stories have been pretty self-contained, not tied to whatever craziness is going on in the core X-Men books, so the character lends itself well to something like this. They could do a dozen different Wolverine films without having to tie them together with anything more than just the most basic continuity (this is who he is, this is what he’s done, and that’s about it), each with different creative team, and it could work. It could be the comic book movie equivalent of the Bond series, nearly all of them being stand-alone adventures that you can watch on their own without needing to know what went on previously. Also, since Wolverine is supposed to be a couple hundred years old, you open yourself up to different time periods. If Fox decides that they can commit to an idea like that and get audiences to buy into it, this sort of thing could be a goldmine.

  • Jonny Ashley

    I think Aronofsky will do for Wolverine what Nolan did for Batman

  • Cari

    Hey guys when are we going to get the podcast? Just asking, no pressure. Thanks.

  • Jonny Ashley

    @Cari

    tonight. if you add Film junk on facebook they do a wall post once a week that either says “recording tonight” or “recording tomorrow night”

  • Cari

    Thanks Jonny! That’s really helpful

  • Colin

    Psyched. Love Jackman as Wolverine, but haven’t liked either of the last two X-Men movies. Really interested in seeing what Aronofsky will bring to it.

    Maybe this is a silly request, but I hope there are few to zero other mutants in it.

  • Ella

    Aronofsky and Jackman! I loved their Fountain so this could be a great movie, too.

  • anton

    wow, this is gonna be interesting!

  • Mark In Ottawa

    No podcast this week ?

    Can we get Frank and Reed to do some beatboxing instead, maybe something like this (go to the three minute mark) –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFpdiwdGA_o

  • Phil

    Whoa, it’s going to be interesting to see a quality take on this character

  • Ben

    Colin, why do you hope there are zero other mutants in it??

    Now, to be fair, I assume it’s because you’re one of the people who had complaints about all the mutant cameos in the other X-Men movies (especially part 3). I know, I know, we get all these bit part mutants who come in for a couple seconds and don’t get developed, right? Let me ask you this, does every cameo in every other movie we watch get development or is it simply a double standard that we have that, simply because in this case the character has a power, they HAVE to be more than a cameo? How does that make any sense?

    If I’m totally off base, what other reason would there be?

  • kyri

    Wolverine is dead.

    Aronofsky should have done ROBOCOP not this crap