The Wrestler and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has been linked to a number of comic book movies over the past month or so. He was a candidate for the Superman reboot, Hugh Jackman had spoke to him about directing Wolverine 2 and he was also “being targeted” to direct Preacher for Columbia.
Today Vulture is reporting that as Aronofsky is no longer in line for the Superman directing job following the hiring of Zack Synder 20th Century Fox has “entered into negotiations” with the director for Wolverine 2. Apparently he is the top choice for both Hugh Jackman and the studio.
Jackman said earlier this week that the aim is to begin filming next March/April for a 2012 release, so getting a director on-board will be Fox’s top priority. Aronofsky would be good choice as he is a great director, but he has never handled a budget bigger than $40+ million. The director may also want a lot of creative control, which Fox has been reluctant to give in the past.
The script, written by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie, takes Wolverine to Japan and is apparently a solid effort. If Aronofsky signs on to direct he will want to make his own changes, but a Jackman/Aronofsky/McQuarrie collaboration would be something to look forward to despite X-Men Origins: Wolverine sucking last year.