We got news last week that David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) was being lined up by 20th Century Fox to direct their Daredevil reboot. A few days later it was announced that Darren Aronofsky would no longer directing The Wolverine.
Both are somewhat related as Slade was all but signed on to direct The Wolverine before Aronofsky came on-board, so Fox could potentially offer him the chance to work with Hugh Jackman again now there are no Oscar-nominated geniuses in the way. With all this speculation Slade ventured onto Twitter to give us an update.
Forgot to look at the internet for a few weeks and its a litany of false (and not so far off) rumours. So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare [sic] no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way. We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.
WOLVERINE, there have been no discussions about this project to date. Interesting to see what will happen with that as the again excellent script by Chris McQuarrie was set largely in Japan. So that’s all the news that’s fit to print.
Last year Slade spoke about almost directing The Wolverine, and he was obviously disappointed about not landing the gig.
I had a great meeting with Hugh Jackman. We were all ready to go and then Darren Aronofsky, who has a great relationship with Hugh, showed up. You kind of feel like: “well, the girlfriend’s come back. I can either put up a fight here or I can just let nature take its course.”
Wolverine is a proven franchise, and will therefore be a bigger priority for 20th Century Fox. There are conflicting reports on what the studio plans to do next considering Japan (where they plan to shoot) is still suffering from the recent earthquake/tsunami, and there are no directors currently lined up to replace Aronofsky. If they do intend to continue with filming later this year (Jackman can’t stay bulked up forever) then they will obviously be looking for potential directors, and Slade could be one of them if Daredevil is still at the outline stage.