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What’s Next For The Wolverine?

Although Fox executives insist they and star Hugh Jackman “remain fully committed to making The Wolverine,” the surprise departure last week of director Darren Aronofsky naturally leaves numerous questions about the film’s future.

Entertainment Weekly casts some doubt on the studio’s pledge that it “will regroup and move forward aggressively,” quoting an anonymous source who says Fox is “in no rush” to find a replacement to kickstart production. That may be in large part, as EW and Deadline contend, because most of The Wolverine was set to be filmed in Japan for a story inspired by the 1982 miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Following the devastating earthquake in that country, Deadline wonders, “is it even possible to schedule a blockbuster-sized budget film shoot in Japan?”

Superhero Hype, however, calls the EW report “incorrect,” pointing to a “solid source” who “tells us that if the studio found a new director tomorrow, they could still start filming in July as was planned.” (There’s also the issue of Jackman’s schedule: If Fox waits too long, it risks losing its star to other projects — namely the Broadway musical Houdini.)

Deadline and others suggest David Slade, announced last Tuesday as the director of Fox’s new Daredevil movie, might fit the bill. After all, he was a candidate for The Wolverine before Aronofsky got the job. What’s more, this project already has a well-liked, completed script by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), while Daredevil is still in the early planning stages.

It certainly an interesting suggestion — one that Slade himself addressed (briefly) yesterday on Twitter.

Wolverine, there have been no discussions about this project to date,” he wrote. “Interesting to see what will happen with that as the again excellent script by Chris McQuarrie was set largely in Japan.”

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    Or.. whatever. I don’t care about Wolverine anymore (and haven’t cared for the character for a long while)

  • ConneryTL

    Then why would you read an article about it>

  • Suplex58

    Cared enough to click on the link to read the story…

  • http://twitter.com/KennethLivitski Kenneth Livitski

    I wouldn’t mind them finding an actual director from Japan to film this project. A) He/she wouldn’t mind being there for a year, and B) It would give the project a distinct Eastern feel. Maybe Fox/Jackman should consider that. Either way, when they do find their director, I feel confident that this film will make for an amazing comic adaptation considering it has a critically acclaimed script from Christopher McQuarrie.

  • http://twitter.com/KennethLivitski Kenneth Livitski

    Then don’t watch the film. There’s others out there, like me, who are thoroughly ecstatic for another Wolvie adventure starring Jackman.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/haversam [A]

    To see if they’re trying to do something interesting and get me interested again. That’s easy to understand, right?

  • Frater Uranus

    ummm… Bryan Singer?

  • ATK

    ummmm…no. Did you see Superman? The departure of Darren Aronofsky torpeoded what little faith I had in this project.

  • Mel

    Fox should get the person that directed OldBoy.

  • Godwell

    I was ecstatic for Aronosky to get it right. The first film stunkitty-stuck!!

  • Anonymous

    My only question is whether or not it’s possible to make a movie as bad as the first one. Also if so, can I be warned ahead so I know to get drunk first?

  • BoyWonder

    I’d like to see a light reboot with the X-Men franchise.

    Wolverine needs a new vision, and not just a bunch of craptacular mass market stink.

  • Alex

    Wolverine is fine with me, as long as they don’t mention the name ‘James’ or that ‘origin’. Come on, it’s not interesting. It’s just ‘I’m some guy… from Canada.’ We already suspected that. Big deal.

    Never got to read the Claremont/Miller epic. Someday I’ll pick up a trade of it. THAT is what I’m looking forward too.

  • 40 somthing action heroes

    not for nothin but the longer they wait to make a WOLVERINE sequel…which is still a prequel to 2000s Xmen 1….. HUgh Jackman is now in his 40s…. hes gonna start looking his age pretty soon. Not to mention how dificult it is to retain the physical shape he was in for the last film.

    Same thing for Daniel Craig who was cast to replace an aging BOND…. that dude will be in his mid 40s pretty soon. Hes alrady lost his jacked look he had in Casino Royal.

  • http://iamwallis.tumblr.com iamwallis

    its by Fox ! I dont understand why people keep having hope with these films.

    get a clue. its going to suck.

  • Gusgruesome

    Well, that makes two. Tom Cruise was rejected for beong too short, the second casting setback for the former superstar who, nevertheless, had to wear tranny stilletos to make height as “Frodo.”