Last week The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky entered talks with 20th Century Fox to direct Wolverine 2 after the Superman job went to Zack Snyder. Following the buzz from his latest film Black Swan Aronofsky has been in demand, and the director had an offer from Warner Bros. to direct period crime drama Gangster Squad, however the director has apparently declined that offer and is edging closer to a deal for Wolverine 2.
Word is that Aronofsky–who worked for next to nothing upfront to get Black Swan made is in the throes of landing a healthy payday in the vicinity of $5 million against 5% of gross. Fox hasn’t closed a deal yet with the filmmaker’s CAA reps, but clearly Fox sees the filmmaker as ready to make that leap from modest grossing prestige fare like The Wrestler to the high gross stratosphere, the kind of leap made by filmmakers like Bryan Singer and Chris Nolan.
Aronofsky has yet to direct a movie with a budget over $40 million, so a $150 million superhero movie will be a big leap. The script for the Wolverine sequel, 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 (you can probably guess what happens next).
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner said they will likely shoot on location in Japan, so if Aronofsky signs on to direct he better pack his suitcase as filming is expected to begin next March/April.