Just in case you thought there was any chance that Darren Aronofsky might stay in the semi-indie mid to low budget realm in which he’s worked so far, this is your warning to get used to the idea of seeing the director’s name on big studio movies. Or, at least, come to terms with the fact that his next film will be a studio picture.

Looks like Mr. Aronofsky’s flirtation with Warner Bros. and Tales From the Gangster Squad was deeper than we’d thought, but the filmmaker has now turned down that project and is earnestly working on a deal to direct Wolverine 2 for Fox. Read More »

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Darren Aronofsky Offered Wolverine 2?

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In late August, it was reported that 20th Century Fox was looking at Darren Aronofsky and David Slade for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel, while Red director Robert Schwentke had been a frontrunner but dropped out. At the time, I didn’t put more weight to the report.

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What is this madness? In the first of three small updates on possible directorial hires for big studio tentpole films, there’s a report that Darren Aronofsky has joined the race to direct Wolverine 2. David Slade is still looking like the frontrunner, while Red director Robert Schwentke has dropped out.

More on that after the break, along with minor updates on possible directors for Deadpool and the Clash of the Titans sequel. Read More »

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Discussions of X-Men Origins: Magneto stopped about the same time that X-Men: First Class was announced. Last we heard about it, Bryan Singer was still signed on to direct First Class, and he said that the film might supersede the Magneto prequel.

Now we’ve got an update from producer Lauren Shuler Donner, providing a slightly more definitive answer on the matter, as well as a few details on Deadpool and the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Read More »

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Fox’s sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is moving forward, and the studio is reportedly on the cusp of hiring a director. The shortlist is very short, indeed: David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is said to be the frontrunner, with Robert Schwentke (Red) as a backup option. Read More »

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Here’s a shock: Hugh Jackman has dropped out of the film Avon Man. The comedy, which is perpetually likened to The Full Monty, was supposed to shoot this past spring, but is now set to shoot in October. Now it loses Jackman, who remains a producer on the film. Not like he’s washing his hands of it, but this is exactly the sort of movie Jackman doesn’t need to do. If the setup sounded more promising it might be the sort of thing that would be fun to see him make, but things being what they are, this is probably a good choice. Read More »

Over the weekend, producer Bryan Singer was questioned at a church event about recent X-Men: First Class casting rumors and Wolverine 2. Also, a new unconfirmed report regarding what role Kevin Bacon might play in the upcoming X-Men prequel hit the web. We cover all this and more, after the jump.

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We’ve just been hearing that, in addition to directing X-Men: First Class, Fox may be interested in tapping Bryan Singer to direct a fourth X-Men movie that fits directly into that series’ established continuity. There is also implication that Fox wants him for Wolverine 2. Which is all well and good, but a man only has so many hours in the day, especially when there are already contracts signed to make another picture. That other picture is the Warner Bros. film Jack the Giant Killer, and the schedule to make that movie would seem to block Singer’s ability to make another X-Men movie for some time. What’s going on here? Read More »

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