Following Darren Aronofsky’s departure from The Wolverine two months ago 20th Century Fox have been searching for a replacement, and Hugh Jackman said they were “going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better”.
Well today Variety got their hands on the short-list of directors being considered by the studio, and they range from indie directors to those who have made blockbusters which grossed $470 million worldwide.
Here’s the run-down:
Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, and MGM’s upcoming RoboCop reboot)
Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity)
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Brooklyn’s Finest)
Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go)
Justin Lin (Fast Five, Better Luck Tomorrow)
Gavin O’Connor (Miracle, Pride and Glory)
James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma)
Gary Shore (primarily a director of TV commercials)
A diverse group there, but interestingly Bleeding Cool points out that Gary Shore actually made a short film entitled Wolverine vs. the Hand which was posted online a few months ago. This could have been his pitch to direct the film, or it could simply be Shore demonstrating what he can do. The studio is obviously interested either way, but will they trust The Wolverine with a first time director?
The script, written by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie, takes Wolverine to Japan where he falls for a woman named Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.