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Fox Narrows The Wolverine Director List To 8 Names

Following the surprise departure of Darren Aronofsky from The Wolverine in mid-March, star Hugh Jackman insisted that he and Fox wouldn’t settle for just any replacement, promising, “We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good.” David Slade and Duncan Jones were floated as potential candidates, with the Moon director even confirming a meeting with studio executives.

Since early April, though, there’s been little chatter about Aronofsky’s possible successor, leading some to suspect Fox was indeed in “no rush” to start production on the film. However, now Variety has rolled out what it contends is the studio’s short list, eight contenders from diverse backgrounds, ranging from indie films to blockbusters to television commercials. Slade and Jones are nowhere to be seen, though.

  • Antoine Fuqua — Training Day, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn’s Finest
  • Doug Liman — Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Justin Lin — Fast & Furious, Fast Five, the proposed Terminator 5
  • James Mangold — Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Knight & Day
  • Jose Padilha — Elite Squad 1, Elite Squad 2
  • Gavin O’Connor – Pride and Glory, the upcoming Warrior
  • Mark Romanek — One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go
  • Gary Shore — primarily commercials

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.


  • Darkstream

    It’s a shame they can’t just get Matthew Vaughn to do it.  I think his X-Men: First Class movie is going to be and do great, despite how much people were originally hating on it.

  • Kevin

    If they want an excellent film, Romanek is the way to go. One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go are two of the best put-together, well-structured, brilliantly shot, wonderfully performed and amazingly atmospheric films of the last decade and a half.

  • Jacob

    It’s already getting [very] positive reviews. I hope Fox does consider him.

  • Randy Watson

    “Aw, crap.” – Hellboy

  • Peter Whitney

    When I heard about the Robocop remake I groaned.  When I heard Jose Padilha is set to direct I was satisfied.  That being said, I would love to see him tackle Wolverine.  

  • Eightiesologist

    This list is pathetic. 

  • Guydc3

    Antoine Fuqua

  • kalorama

    Yeah, of the names on the list his stood out to me. He can make a solid action-oriented movie with good character moments. Really, that’s all you need from a friggin’ Wolverine flick.

  • demoncat_4

    fox is indeed in a rush to do wolverine otherwise the rights wind up back at Dismarvel and would be hard to do any new xmen films without wolverine

  • Alex H

    I’m 99% sure the rights to Wolverine are wrapped with the rights to X-men, one doesn’t revert on its own.  Besides, theres an X-men film coming out next week without any Wolverine in it…

  • comicbookcub

    yeah, Fox doesn’t really need to rush with Wolverine, as Wolverine wouldn’t revert back to marvel, since you know X-Men: First Class is coming out next week.  Wolverine is a part of the X-Men rights.. so as long as X-Men movies are being produced, Marvel wouldn’t get the wolverine rights back. 

  • Not Daniel

    Fuqua *would* be great.  It’ll go to the commercials guy, you watch.