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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Darren Aronofsky confirmed as Director of X-men Origins: Wolverine 2

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and this is most certainly one of those times.  It has been discussed for a couple of weeks that Darren Aronofsky(Requiem for a Dream, Pi) was in talks to take his first shot at genre film-making by helming X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in thinking it was too farfetched to ever become a reality.  Sure Aronofsky and Jackman have history, but the Director of an Academy Award nominated film is going to make a sequel . . . to a spinoff . . . to a trilogy that wasn’t very good to begin with?  I couldn’t believe it, and just assumed it was all rumors.  Well it now appears the rumors were true.  Vulture spoke with Hugh Jackman(The Prestige, X-Men) Sunday night and it seems Aronofsky is a done deal, and Jackman at least, is excited about the direction of the film:
"This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope . . . Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different."

In terms of Aronofsky being a proper fit for Wolverine, Jackman seems unconcerned.

"This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark," Jackman said. "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.”

I want to be hopeful as nothing Aronofsky has done has ever been short of brilliant (yes, I even loved The Fountain), so maybe he knows something I don’t.  Lord knows I want a great Wolverine/X-men movie and let’s face it, if it weren’t for the baggage of the previous films I’d be over the moon at the prospect of an Aronofsky directed/Jackman starring Wolvie pic.  This may be exactly what the franchise needs; Fox has painted themselves into a corner by continually expanding a brand which gets weaker with each entry.  Is Aronofsky the film-maker who has the courage to make his own film, and move away from what has been done previously in the franchise?  I don’t know the answer but Aronofsky is all in on this one.  He is going to end up looking like the smartest guy in the room or potentially damage his reputation; you have to admire the stones.  I just hope they drop the subtitle and only call it “Wolverine”.  I think Jackman, Aronofsky and the fans all deserve the chance to start with a clean slate.  So what do you guys think, is this a fantastic idea or does it have disaster written all over it?

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