Darren Aronofsky may not have officially signed on to direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, but everyone involved is proceeding as if it’s a done deal.
As we reported yesterday, word is that 20th Century Fox is looking to begin shooting on a New York sound stage in March to accommodate the filmmaker and his family. And star Hugh Jackman? He’s bulking up, and talking about what to expect from an Aronofsky-directed Wolverine 2.
“This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope,” he tells Vulture. “Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.”
How’s that for confirmation?
Jackman goes on to brush off any concerns that Aronofsky, who’s best known for dark dramas like Requiem for a Dream and the upcoming Black Swan, might be a peculiar choice for a big-budget action movie: “This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark. But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic. There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.”
Wolverine 2 is based, in part, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and has Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.