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James Mangold To Helm Wolverine

After a three-month search that found Fox considering such directors as Duncan Jones and Mark Romanek, the studio has settled on James Mangold to replace Darren Aronofsky on The Wolverine, Deadline reports.

Mangold, who helmed 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line and Knight and Day, appeared on Fox’s recent shortlist of candidates, which reportedly narrowed even further this week to include just two other names: Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory) and Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest).

The selection of Mangold will help to put The Wolverine back on track following the surprise departure of Arronofsky and the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan, where much of the film is to be shot. Although some contended that Fox wouldn’t be in a rush to find a new director, star Hugh Jackman insisted he and the studio were committed to the follow-up to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

“We’re not going to settle,” Jackman said in late March. “We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good. Everyone is still pushing forward to getting it done.”

Opinions will undoubtedly differ as to whether Mangold is as good as Aronofsky, but his resume is certainly impressive and diverse, ranging from the musical biography Walk the Line and the Western 3:10 to Yuma to the crime drama Cop Land and the action comedy Knight and Day.

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.


  • Lead_sharp

    Okaaay this is actually starting to sound like a good film. I’m looking forward to the fanedit that mashes them together.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. That’s great source material to write around, and we know that Jackman can pull off fighting ninjas with enough panache for it not to look like, I don’t know…Knife hands vs ninjas.

  • Anonymous

    Please be good.

  • Digger2307

    Wolverine franchise died with X3, why dont they jsut leave it alone.  They’re gonna have to an absolutley amazing (p**s no one off) job of this after the crash and burn that was origins…

  • Anonymous

     Well they managed to turn around the X-franchise in the eyes of the public with First Class. So as long as Fox stays with that course of action they’ll be fine.

    I’d really like to see what happens with Deadpool though. I’ve only heard good things about that script.

  • 0bsessions

    X3 and Origins were the failing of the production crew, not Jackman’s capabilities. As long as Jackman’s there, I’m willing to give it a shot if Fox is willing to gut the crew on any concept that doesn’t work out.

  • Sheehanjr

    I hope he finally gets his mask in this film.

  • Eric

    3:10 to Yuma is a fantastic movie, Cop Land is pretty good too. They’re definitely far more re-watchable than some Aronofsky films. Let’s hope Mangold sticks around.

  • pDUB

    oh man, i only just realized hes NEVER had his mask, WHAT?! anyways, i concur, especially since he’ll be fighting ninjas, itll make sense.

  • Mastadge

    It makes sense to wear a mask when fighting ninja?

  • Bmiddleton2

    Awesome news.  3:10 to Yuma is one of my favorites

  • Mr. M.

    The only words that jumped out to me were “Knight and Day”! :-(

  • Jmcreer

    Why the hell would you cover your A List actor’s face with a silly mask?  Wolverine is the one character that does not work in a costume – even the black leather X-Men costume was out of place on him.

    Keep the costume for the comics and keep him out of costume for the film please.

  • Jmcreer

    Death by laughter?

  • Jmcreer

    Knight and Day was a good film.  It was exactly what it promised to be – an action/ comedy/ romance.  It suffered from Tom Cruise backlash.  But nevertheless, it was an excellently crafted film and Mangold deserves due credit.

  • WeaponX7373

    Good news loved 310 to yuma awsome movie.  And no costumes.  Costumes only work in comics in movies it looks like a guy in his pajamas from when he was 8 years old.

  • Mr. M.

    I like civil disagreements, Jmcreer, so thanks for that. Let’s just agree to disagree on whether K&D was a good film or not.  I haven’t seen 3:10 To Yuma, which seems to be the one people are impressed with, so maybe I’ll check that out.

  • Davidvarient

    Well said costumes have no place in a comic book movie! and while there at it spiderman should fight crime in blue jeans&and a  styleized leather jacket and dont get me started on batman!

  • Jmcreer

    3:10 to Yuma is excellent as well.  Copland is well worth a look, as is Walk the Line.  Funnily enough Mangold has worked with Jackman before, prior to his A list status in Kate and Leopold (which I also enjoyed).

    If it sounds like I have stocks in Mangoldincorporated, trust me I don’t – he’s just a consistent director IMO.

  • Jmcreer

    Costumes are cool for most superhero characters in movies.  Wolverine is not one of them.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers, Ghost Dog) would have been an interesting choice as well.I would have been happy with either choice.