Right now the world on street is that James Mangold might be directing the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel. Originally, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Fountain) was attached to the project, but he backed out for various reasons. Then, the studio composed a shortlist of directors they were interested in and James Mangold was one of them. The rest of the list included the following: Doug Liman (Jumper, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Jose Padilha (Squad 1 and 2), Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Gary Shore (commercial director) and Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory, Warrior).
That’s a pretty big list, but the only names that I’d like to see attached to a Wolverine movie would be Justin Lin or James Mangold. I couldn’t see Fuqua or Romanek doing this sort of film, especially with Fox probably micromanaging the whole thing. I was interested in Aronofsky because he is known for taking control of his projects. If he would have stayed on we probably would have gotten a great Wolverine film, but that was simply too good to be true.
Lin seems to be busy with another Fast/Furious film in addition to a possible Terminator sequel, so it looks like Mangold is the next in line. He is responsible for directing last year’s summer flop, Knight and Day and the awesome western remake 3:10 to Yuma.
Let’s hope Mangold can give us a decent Wolverine sequel. I really didn’t care for the first film all that much, but I’d love to see the story of Wolverine in the hands of a better director. I never had much faith in X-Men movies until Matthew Vaughn knocked it out of the park with X-Men: First Class.
Can Mangold even come close to making that sort of film? We’ll have to wait and see.