Fox Offers Wolverine 2 to Darren Aronofsky

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Christian

The choice of Zack Snyder by Warner Bros. to direct Christopher Nolan and David Goyer’s Superman: Man of Steel appears to have wide-spread repercussions for Hollywood‘s other superheroes. The Noob News has just learned that 20th Century Fox today entered into negotiations with Darren Aronofsky to helm the sequel to last year’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the director is still being offered other valuable consolation prizes by Warner Bros., like Tales From the Gangster Squad, a high-priority project that this blog told you about last week.
Back in August, Fox brass had been focusing on a handful of directors for Wolverine 2, including Twilight Saga: Eclipse director David Slade and Red director Robert Schwentke. At the time, Fox had actually considered Aronofsky its top choice, as had its star, Hugh Jackman: The pair had collaborated on Aronofsky’s ambitious 2006 movie, The Fountain, and are said to still have a close relationship today.
And despite the financial failure of Fountain, Fox bosses were impressed by Aronfsky’s willingness to work frugally on smaller movies and still get big results: Aronofsky directed Mickey Rourke to an Oscar nomination with Fox Searchlight’s The Wrestler, and is generating similar Oscar murmurs for Natalie Portman’s turn as a sapphic, deranged, self-touching, wing-sprouting ballerina in Fox Searchlight’s forthcoming Black Swan.
Until last weekend, though, Aronofsky was far more interested in directing WB’s original take on Superman

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