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Jackman: Aronofsky’s Wolverine 2 Will Be ‘Fantastic,’ ‘Very Different’

Darren Aronofsky may not have officially signed on to direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, but everyone involved is proceeding as if it’s a done deal.

As we reported yesterday, word is that 20th Century Fox is looking to begin shooting on a New York sound stage in March to accommodate the filmmaker and his family. And star Hugh Jackman? He’s bulking up, and talking about what to expect from an Aronofsky-directed Wolverine 2.

“This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope,” he tells Vulture. “Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.”

How’s that for confirmation?

Jackman goes on to brush off any concerns that Aronofsky, who’s best known for dark dramas like Requiem for a Dream and the upcoming Black Swan, might be a peculiar choice for a big-budget action movie: “This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark. But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic. There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.”

Wolverine 2 is based, in part, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and has Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.

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  • Maestrohulk

    The director of the Wrestler

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    The writer who won an Academy Award for writing The Usual Suspects

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    A story based on a Chris Claremont and Frank Miller story

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    The Best X-men movie ever.

  • Rando M.

    That would be a God send since all the X-Men (with the exception of 1 and 2) have been crappy

  • Sir Manley Johnson

    There's a distinction to be made between “out of the box” which means predictable, safe and packaged, and “outside the box” which means unexpected, bold and unpredictable.

  • LDMcStrong

    To my knowledge there are only 4 X-Men movies, counting the Wolverine movie. So don't you think saying all of 4 with the exception of 2 have been crappy is being a little dramatic? Could you just say half? Or the last 2?
    I do agree though. X-Men 3 was a travesty and Wolverine was like the Titanic, it started out an awesome ride and ended a historical disaster.

  • Johnny Blaze

    OK I'm probably going out on a limb w/ this statement but Director/Acting combo behind The Fountain together again?!?!? AWESOME!!!!!

    Regardless of what you thought about the Fountain (for those of you who have not seen it, you NEED to) the Conquistador portion of it was balls out action and suspense. Can you imagine w/ Darren's going to be able to do with a BIG budget? Ninjas? Japan?!? This is going to be EPIC!! Don't forget, Aronofsky's a comic nerd. He was rumored to be in the running for Watchmen before Zack Snyder.

    This is Fantastic news and i'm VERY excited about this, as should all Wolverine/Comic book movie fans!!!

  • Godwellz

    Okay, this is sounding interesting and a far take away from the load the first one was. I trust these three dudes to pull this off.

  • dumbsaint

    I have been a huge fan of Aronofsky ever since seeing Pi in the cinema back in the day. I saw Requiem for a Dream the day it came out and was anticipating it's release. So comic book or not I am game for anything Aronofsky has planned. This just catapulted Wolverine 2 to the film I'm most looking forward to. The man wont fail.

    This will be the next The Dark Knight, I guarantee it. He has an amazing style and I'd wager he'd make it look lethal and visceral even if challenged with a PG 13 outing (it wont be.). He also has the ability to direct Hugh Jackman, so Wolverine should be spot on.

    Unless something along the lines of David Lynch doing a Dr Strange film gets announced I can't think of anything I'd be more excited about. I never thought I'd be saying this after the utter shite Wolverine vs Baraka /w no mouth.

  • dumbsaint

    The Fountain was awesome. It also ended up as a graphic novel after his first attempt to make it failed – so that just adds to his comic book cred. Check out the book if you haven't already!

  • darthtigris

    Oh if this could only be part of the Marvel Studios universe too. Then it would simply be perfect.

  • Greg

    As a massive Aronofsky fan, I really don't want his flawless record tarnished with a film call “X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2″

    Call it “Logan”, or “Weapon X”, or something, anything to confirm that it's a stand-alone film aside from the previous crapfeast.

  • Brandon

    As a comic fan this is exciting. As an Aronofsky fan… yikes… he's doing a Wolverine movie now…?

  • demoncat_4

    should be interesting to see Darren add his touch to the xfranchise that plus this way fox does not wind up trying to add so many xmen characters to this film. to bog it down.

  • Mastadge

    This by me is good news. A thought, however: instead of screwing around with continuity with yet another prequel/origin, why not just set this after the trilogy?

  • Cainmarco71

    I WANT MORE ACTION!!!!!!

  • Inconspicuous

    It's true, this does sound too awesome for words – especially with the writer of The Usual Suspects hopefully adding a strong script to the mix.

    Still, as for nothing else being exciting, what about Joss Whedon directing Avengers? He won't mess around on something like that. With any luck we're in for some awesome treats in the near future…

  • shawn

    I expect a free ticket for this to make up for me paying to see the first Wolverine movie. What a piece of garbage.

  • HeroineAddict

    I wonder if the reason negotiations took awhile is because they had to fenagle a “Fuck You Tom Rothman” clause in there so he couldnt muck it up.

  • Alex

    When they made Wolverine into Quesada’s ‘James’ version that killed it for me. Wolverine should be Logan, not James. That ‘origin’ wasn’t anything special and probably wasn’t well thought out to begin with. COme to think of it most of Quesada’s decisions seem really bad, so maybe they should just delete them from Marvel history. The NExt time they do an ‘universe altering’ event they should actually work on the writing of it. Just an idea.

  • DragynWulf

    People love to blame Quesada for everything without thinking of the bigger picture. Because Marvel licenced out the X-Men characters to FOX in the 80’s (long before Quesada was on the map in comics), Marvel gave complete control over the characters to FOX. They could tell the stories they want, change the characters, change the origins, create their own origins, and do whatever they want because they had control over the characters. As a result, FOX was planning on giving Wolverine an origin. Instead of letting a movie company that has nothing to do with Marvel give one of its bigger characters an origin and real name, Quesada wanted it to come from Marvel instead. This is why Wolverine was given an origin and real name because the movies get more expossure than comics and it helps bring in new fans to the comics. If someone watched the X-MEN or WOLVERINE movies and then found that the character was not the same in the comics… then they would have lost interest in the comics because they are not the same. Just like comic fans lose interest in movies when movies are not like the comic version. This is the reason why Spider-Man was given organic webbing, the X-Men got leather costumes for awhile, Mystique, Toad, and others were changed to look like the movie version, the Fantastic Four’s costumes changed to look like the movie version, and so on.

    In short, don’t blame Quesada for creating an origin for Wolverine. It was going to be done no matter what when the movie was released. Would you rather have had FOX given Wolverine an origin and real name with the widely dislike for the X-Men movies and how they were written?