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Darren Aronofsky won’t be saddled with a cumbersome title — say, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 — for his Wolverine movie, set to begin production in March. No, the director tells HitFix, his will be called simply … The Wolverine.
If the title weren’t indication enough, Aronofsky referred to the movie as a “one-off” that isn’t a sequel in any conventional sense. That’s probably good news, considering that Gavin Hood’s 2009 film met with decidedly mixed reviews (yet went on to gross $373 million worldwide for 20th Century Fox).
Written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), The Wolverine 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 Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.
“This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope,” star Hugh Jackman said last month. “Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.”