After Darren Aronofsky left The Wolverine, the second origins tale for Hugh Jackman’s X-Man, rumours started speculating as to who would replace him. Fox revealed a wish list, which included the likes of Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) and Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). But one director has topped the list and will call the shots for the Japan-set adventure. That director is James Mangold, whose last film was the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz action-comedy, Knight and Day.
That film was fun enough, but I imagine Fox have based their decision more on Mangold’s work on such exciting action movies as his Western 3:10 to Yuma, the tense Identity and character sensibility of Walk the Line. He’s a solid choice who I think is more than capable of making a decent Wolverine movie. He’s just not as an exciting choice as Aronofsky was.
Fox aims to get shooting underway in Japan this Autumn, with a script by Christopher McQuarrie, following Wolverine as he lives in Japan and faces a battle with family of Samurai’s to be with the girl he loves.