X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a let down and Hugh Jackman knows it, which is why he asked his old friend Darren Aronofsky to get behind the camera for the sequel. Aronofsky directed Jackman in The Fountain, and it was confirmed earlier this week that the director had worked out a deal with 20th Century Fox to begin filming Wolverine 2 in March.
Jackman today confirmed Aronofsky’s involvement, and thinks the project has the potential to become the “best” X-Men movie (something i’m sure X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn will have an opinion on).
“I’m starting; I’m having my six meals a day.” With Darren Aronofsky directing, he says that Wolverine 2 will not be a “usual” X-Men movie: “This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope,” he said, and then paused. “Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.”
Also, Jackman doesn’t think that Aronofsky’s penchant for dark drama is at odds with the big-budget action franchise. “This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark,” Jackman said. “But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic. There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.”
As long as it’s not ‘How the hell can magic bullets wipe peoples memories’ then i’ll be happy. Jackman had similar praise for last year’s Wolverine film before its release, but this time I think we can take his word for it. Both the writer and director know how to make good movies, so hopefully they pass their greatness onto Wolverine for his adventure in Japan fighting crime lords and ninjas.
No release date has been set for the yet-to-be-titled Wolverine 2, but it will most likely be released in 2012.