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Wait…Darren Aronofsky to direct ‘Wolverine 2’?

In what may the most surprising production news to come out of Hollywood in quite a while, Darren Aronovsky is just about to ink a deal to direct the ‘Wolverine’ sequel.  Yes, the cutting-edge auteur behind Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, and the upcoming Black Swan is going to make an X-Men flick.  And not just any X-Men flick….he’s making a sequel to one of the most utterly disappointing comic spin-offs I can remember.

How the hell did this happen?

Apparently Aronovsky just saw something in the material that he wanted to work with.  Not surprising, considering the Wolverine story has a ton of great storylines, too many of which were thrown into the overstuffed turkeythat was X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  I’m sure Anonovsky can streamline things considerably.  His films, though highly stylized and thematically complex, actually have fairly simple and linear plot structures, even The Fountain (still one of the most misunderstood and underrated films of the last decade).  And just to add to the excitement that has somehow managed to surround this project, Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie is drafting the screenplay.  So I guess we have reason to hope for more compelling dialogue than “well well well, look what the cat dragged in.”

Studio intervention was a serious problem with the first film, and that’s why I haven’t been that hard on director Gavin Hood.  He was pressured to include way too many mutants in order to please the fanboys.  Though it buried the film in way too much plot and extraneous material, the plan seemed to work from a studio point of view.   It made a lot of money.  But Aronovsky is an established filmmaker and certainly not one to adhere to studio market research.  Could an actual auteur be given free reign to tell the Wolverine story, a la Christopher Nolan with the Batman franchise?  Looks like that just might be the case.  Intriguing, to say the least.

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