A few weeks ago a list emerged which contained the names of 8 directors who 20th Century Fox were looking at to potentially direct The Wolverine following Darren Aronofsky’s departure. Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) was on that list, and in a new interview the director confirmed that he’d been sent the script, but ultimately wasn’t interested in directing.
From Digital Spy:
“That’s just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing.
“That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about.”
That narrows things down for 20th Century Fox, unless they’ve added more directors onto their list (which is likely). The script for 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.