With Black Swan‘s release set for December 3rd director Darren Aronofsky has been busy giving interviews to promote the film and, naturally, people have been questioning him on why after spending years making small-budgeted Oscar fare such as The Wrestler and Black Swan he signed on to direct a big budget superhero movie called The Wolverine.
In this case Aronofsky sat down with Movie City News and they literally asked him “Darren, what the hell are you doing?”. Luckily the director had an answer for them, and an encouraging one that at.
The body language when the interviewer mentions “Wolverine 2” is interesting, as Aronofsky quickly reminds the guy his film will have “nothing to do with anything in that franchise or the universe”. It looks like Aronofsky wants to put his own stamp on things and doesn’t want to be restricted or limited by what Wolverine has already been up to.
Ignoring the X-Men franchise and X-Men Origins: Wolverine will have it’s drawbacks as the audience has been witness to this time-line for 10 years now, but if Aronofsky pulls off something special, which it sounds like he intends too, then i’m all for it.
Aronofsky will be focusing on Black Swan (and a potential busy awards season) in the immediate future, but The Wolverine is expected to begin filming next April so the director will begin working on pre-production early next year. The Wolverine, 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.