James Mangold is Fox's first choice to direct 'The Wolverine'

After Darren Aronofsky dropped out of The Wolverine in March, 20th Century Fox was left in the lurch. Immediately following the announcement, there was no short list of directors who might be able to replace the man who made Black Swan. Now, though, the studio seems to have found someone to helm the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadline reports that Fox is about to start negotiations with James Mangold, whose credits include Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma, and Walk the Line.

Star Hugh Jackman is reportedly on board with Mangold. When EW spoke to the actor in late March, he said that the Wolverine team was looking for a prestige filmmaker on par with Aronofsky. “We’re not going to settle. We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good,” Jackman declared.

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  • nick

    this is awesome. mangold is king.

  • The Red Awesome

    Fantastic. This movie will not suck after all.

  • SNIKT!

    THIRD!

  • Kevin

    Mangold is no Aronofsky. My interest level has dropped from 100% interest to around 60%.

    • paige

      agreed

    • SNIKT!

      Aronofsky was WAY over-rated. Did you actually WATCH “Black Swan”??? Buncha crap. And “The Fountain”?!?!? Holy poopballs what a turkey!! Mangold is MUCH better for this. 310 to Yuma and Walk the Line were excellent.

  • Matt W

    This is as good as it could be after Arnofsky left. I loved Walk The Line and 3:10 to Yuma.

  • hnv521

    If they wanted people to be impressed with the chosen director they shouldn’t have littered his experience with Knight and Day. Should have just left it with 3:10 To Yuma and Walk The Line, both amazing movies.

    • CylonRyder

      Agreed. Almost stop reading when I saw KnD listed.

    • Jay

      Knight and Day was an awful story…. the directing wasn’t bad, though.

      • Isel

        Aw come on Hugh,,,,Vancouver isn’t freezing ,.. it’s wet, beiafutul, mostly snows up in the mountains and is home to Stanley Park,,,,, but even Wolverine can’t call it freezing. :>) We’ve watched some of the filming over the years and even had a special proud moment when you jumped off the banister in #2 as you and our son had the same trainer/gym where you were awarded Best Long Jump in preparation for that scene. We are certainly looking forward to the release of Wolverine partially because it’s a standing date for hubby and I! Good luck. You’ve become a family favourite and we all wish you and yours the very best!!!

  • Lim

    So they’re making a sequel to a prequel that was followed by another prequel that had followed two sequels? *head hurts*

    • Loc

      I saw Hugh Jackman as host of the Academy Awards.He is a triple thraet: sings, dances and acts.Great talent, one of the best if not the best host of the Academy has ever hired!!He is very gifted young man.I hope the Academy brings him back next year!Kind regards,Anthony Joseph Lucchese

  • Todd

    A movie no one wants to see has a new director. Since Wolverine:Origins turned everyone off to X-Men:First Class, but First Class rocks, that may pump up interest in this movie, which has about as much chance of being good as Green Lantern (um, no chance, I’m saying)

  • Brian

    I’m most interested to see how this movie is going to take the “tortured, brutal warrior who becomes a better man through the love of a good woman who ends up dead” plot and make it seem new again. Because really, that’s all his arc in “X-Men Origins” was and it was a huge part of his arc in the other X-men movies. The same things seem to happen to Logan an awful lot and it’s going to take a REALLY good story to make me interested in this, especially knowing what happens in Japan to him. Logan’s got a good origin, but we’ve seen it (twice now) and he’s infinitely more interesting when surrounded by the rest of the X-men ensemble IMO.

  • jets

    excited! …I’d love to see something as grounded, smart, and “adult” as 3:10 to Yuma was, except that the “cowboy” character sprouts claws. Or, smart like the later Batman movies are, except with Wolverine instead of Batman. …and something good enough to make us forget that other Wolverine movie ever happened.

    • cake

      I gotta agree with Lukas. You have to admit that Smarty had its time and even though most peploe moved on, it’s still one of the most comprehensive templating engines today. I never regret using Smarty, it helped me lots and served me well.And point taken, if you use one of the MVC frameworks Smarty might be not necessary because they bundle what Smarty ships, but there are also a lot use cases which Smarty caters.All in all, of course there are lots of things which Smarty could use, but so do a lot of open source projects. Feature request never come short, while participation is an exception.And before peploe make up claims they should check out the website e.g. release in December 2008 and also a note that there is an alpha of Smarty3.

  • Mandy

    Wolverine was the worst of all the Xmen movies (and I love those movies) so I don’t see why we need a sequel?!?!

  • Sean

    3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line were great movies. While I’m still on the fence about Knight and Day, I will admit that there were some really good action pieces in that movie. Mangold sounds like a great choice.

  • Chelsea

    I’d rather see X4.

  • Berenice

    Until you’ve produced a movie yoesrulf, you don’t know the issues involved. The studio is neither lazy nor cheap. They are looking out for their actors and crew in looking for an alternative to shooting in Japan. It takes a lot of coordination to get all the moving pieces of a film together, especially one as big as this.

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