Following Darren Aronofsky’s departure from The Wolverine there were conflicting reports on what the studio planned 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.
However while at CinemaCon promoting his robot boxing movie Real Steel Hugh Jackman said Fox are still moving forward, and are currently searching for a new director.
“We need to find another director and once we’ve found that, we’ll be able to know,” Jackman told us. “It’s too early to call on Japan, I’m not sure where they’re at, so now we’re finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we’re moving ahead full steam to find another director.”
The script, 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. It has recieved a lot of praise from everyone involved, including Aronofsky and David Slade who almost signed on to direct last year.
Aronofsky would have been the ideal candidate to inject some life into the Wolverine franchise after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but there are other talented filmmakers who could handle it.