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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:54 pm 
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Slade and Schwentke Up for Wolverine Sequel

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Aug 20th, 2010

Eclipse and Red directors approved to helm Logan's Japanese adventure

New York Magazine's Vulture is claiming that 20th Century Fox has approved two directors to helm the untitled sequel to their 2009 hit X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the first being The Twilight Saga: Eclipse helmer David Slade, the second being Robert Schwentke, the director of the upcoming comic movie Red for Summit Entertainment. The final decision will be up to the movie's star Hugh Jackman, who is said to be meeting with both directors next week although their insiders seem to think the gig is going to Slade, who has less on his immediate plate than Schwentke, who has already been circling other projects to do next.

According to the story, the plot in the script written by Christopher McQuarrie involves Logan beginning a "forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man." Since Logan won't take "no" for an answer, it puts him into battle with her father and her "samurai-sword-wielding brothers." We fully expect the Silver Samurai to be one of those brothers. His father is Lord Shingen Yashida, a Yakuza crime boss and a mutant himself. One can also expect the movie to deal with Wolverine's relationship with his daughter Mariko Yashida, and who knows, maybe we'll even see Yukio in the new movie, but that's a lot of Japanese (or Asian) actors who should start lining up for roles in the movie if they're going in this direction.

A release date has not yet been set for the sequel.


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Wolverine 2 Director Rumors Surface

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Aug 30th, 2010

Contenders include David Slade and Darren Aronofsky

David Slade and Darren Aronofsky are two of the names said to be in the running for Wolverine 2, according to Deadline.

Slade made his directing debut with 2005's Hard Candy and has since gone on to direct 30 Days of Night and, just this past summer, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Aronofsky, meanwhile, has not directed a film the size of Wolverine, but worked with Jackman previously on The Fountain. His next film, Black Swan, sees release this December through Fox Searchlight.

Wolverine 2, said to revolve around Logan's samurai training in Japan, is moving forward with a script from Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) and Hugh Jackman is rumored to make it his next project once filming is complete on Real Steel.

Deadline also reports that the Wolverine spinoff Deadpool is continuing its search for a director, but that Robert Rodriguez remains the top contender. Scheduling, particularly in the case of likely star Ryan Reynolds, remains the film's biggest obstacle.


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Darren Aronosfky Offered Wolverine 2?

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Oct 6th, 2010

The Black Swan helmer may come on board

Vulture is reporting that Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofksy is in negotiations to direct Wolverine 2 for Fox, now that Superman is off the table at Warner Bros.

The site says that Aronofsky was interested in taking on Superman, but the studio went with Zack Snyder instead, as was reported yesterday.

Wolverine 2 was written by Christopher McQuarrie and will again start Hugh Jackman in the title role.

The plot is said to involve Logan beginning a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man. Since Logan won't take "no" for an answer, it puts him into battle with her father and her samurai-sword-wielding brothers.


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Wolverine 2 Director Set?

Aronofsky reportedly finalizing deal to helm.

October 12, 2010

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Logan's going to Japan in his next movie, and it looks like he's taking Darren Aronofsky with him.

Deadline reports that the Black Swan and The Wrestler director has now passed on helming Tales From the Gangster Squad for Warner Bros., seemingly clearing his way to direct Wolverine 2 for 20th Century Fox.

Aronofsky's name has been linked with a slew of projects in recent weeks, with the X-Men prequel sequel being one of them. Wolverine 2 would reunite Aronofsky with Hugh Jackman, his leading man in The Fountain.

Wolverine 2 is expected to shoot next year.


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When Will Wolverine 2 Start Shooting?

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Oct 18th, 2010

May first start shooting in New York

Deadline has posted an interesting bit on when and where Wolverine 2 will start shooting:

Darren Aronofsky's deal to direct 20th Century Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 is close enough that discussion has turned to shooting the sound stage portions of the film in New York so the filmmaker and Hugh Jackman don't have to inconvenience their families. A March start date is being eyed so that Aronofsky has time to open Black Swan and be available for the inevitable awards season obligations. When the New York scenes are completed, they'll head to Japan to shoot the bulk of the Christopher McQuarrie-scripted movie. Deadline told you last week that Aronofsky had set his sights on Wolverine after passing on the Warner Bros period crime drama Gangster Squad.

This is supported by a recent quote that Jackman gave Teledoce when he was in Uruguay shooting a commercial. Towards the end of the interview, Jackman says they'll be getting underway in either March or April.


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Jackman Talks Wolverine 2, Confirms Aronofsky

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Oct 19th, 2010

"This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye"

Hugh Jackman talked to Vulture about Wolverine 2 and in doing so, confirmed that Darren Aronofsky is directing.

"I'm starting; I'm having my six meals a day," he said about the preparations.

With Aronofsky directing, this will not be a usual "X-Men" movie. "This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope," he said, "Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different."

He added that he doesn't think Aronofsky's penchant for dark drama is at odds with the big-budget franchise. "This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He's kind of dark," Jackman said. "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."


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverine 2
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Wolverine 2 Characters Revealed?

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Oct 28th, 2010

Including Lord Shingen, Mariko and Silver Samurai

A rumored list of characters that appear in Christopher McQuarrie's Wolverine 2 screenplay is now online courtesy of Pajiba.

Said to be based on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, the story seems to open with Logan in prison in Canada. He's approached by a Japanese man named Zen who offers him his release in exchange for traveling with him to Japan.

As has been long-rumored, Shingen Harada is said to play a large role and is apparently the film's central villian. Often referred to in the comics as Lord Shingen, the character is top-level member of the Yakuza and a martial arts expert. He's also father to Mariko Yashida, who becomes the love of Logan's life.

Also set to appear is Harada's son, Keniuchio, who becomes the Silver Samurai. In the comic book continuity, he's half-brother to Mariko and wears a powered suit of Samurai armor.

Yukio, an employee of Shingen, opens up a love triangle between herself, Logan and Mariko. She's jealous of the couple's shared love, especially as Mariko is arranged to marry a corrupt politician, Noburo Moro (Noburu-Hideki in the original comic).

Though there's a character named Viper, she's said to be secretary to Noburo and presumably not the Viper who, in the Marvel Comics continuity, becomes Madame Hydra, more often associated with Captain America. (Though it's not impossible. That Viper has a strong connection to Logan in the original series.)

Rounding out the list is a Yakuza member called Frank Sinatra who is said to leak information to Logan.

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(Left to Right: Lord Shingen, Mariko, Silver Samurai and Yukio. Images courtesy of the Marvel Database)


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverine 2
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Workout with Wolverine

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Nov 4th, 2010

Hugh Jackman enters Wolverine training and so can you!

If you've been meaning to get into shape and happen to have a few extra grand lying around, Hugh Jackman is ready to be your personal trainer. As part of an auction to raise money for the Global Poverty Project, Jackman is auctioning off the chance to spend some time in the gym with him as he prepares for Wolverine 2, gearing up for production next year. Details on the auction come from Charity Buzz's official website:

He didn't get to be People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" -- or Wolverine -- by sitting on the sidelines. Hugh Jackman is known for his incredible physique (those shoulders, those abs!) as well as for being one of the nicest guys around. Soon, he'll be getting ready for X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 and literally transforming his body into that of Wolverine. And he wants you to join him in the gym and begin your own transformation!

One lucky winner will work out with Hugh Jackman in one training session in the early AM at a private gym in Manhattan sometime between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.

- Train side-by-side for one hour with Hugh and his fitness guru Don Scott of Jim Karas Personal Training -- the same team who was responsible for whipping Hugh into shape for X-Men: The Last Stand.
- After getting your butt kicked, take home a personalized nutrition regimen complete with workout tips so you can live what you've learned at the hands of these icons of fitness.

Bid today -- and if you're lucky, you'll win one of the toughest training sessions of your life courtesy of the one and only Hugh Jackman.


Click here to read more about the charity auction or to place a bid.


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 Post subject: Re: Wolverine 2
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 Post subject: Re: Wolverine 2
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I'd been ignoring this thread for longest, because of how bad the first movie was, and my disdain for what Fox has done to it's portion of the Marvel properties. I'm glad to see them go in this direction with the Wolverine franchise (if you can even call it that). This particular story arc is so well written they can literally copy and paste it, and it would be terrific. Anything outside of that, and I'm afraid they'll royally screw it up like they've done most of the rest of their Marvel movies.

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Matthew Libatique Filming Aronofsky's Wolverine 2

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Nov 13th, 2010

Long-time collaborator was also DP on Iron Man films

HitFix's Drew McWeeney ran into cinematographer Matthew Libatique earlier this week at the AFI Fest closing night party and learned that Libatique would indeed be joining Darren Aronofsky for his jump into mainstream studio superhero movies by filming Wolverine 2. Libatique has been Aronofsky's cinematographer of choice dating back to his first movie Pi with The Wrestler being the only film Aronofsky has done without his long-time collaborator. No, it's not exactly huge breaking news that Aronofsky and Libatique are reuniting for the sixth time, having both entered the movie biz together, but what is interesting is that Libatique was also the cinematographer on both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 for director Jon Favreau (also, the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens), so the cat already has experience filming superheroes which should make it easier for Aronofsky to transition into mainstream features without losing the visual flair he has brought to his earlier films.

Aronofsky's next film Black Swan comes out on December 3 in select cities, and it's already being said that the film's star Natalie Portman (who appears in Marvel Studios' Thor) may be up for an Oscar nomination.


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Aronofsky Reveals Title for Next Wolverine Movie

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Nov 14th, 2010

Hugh Jackman is The Wolverine

Director Darren Aronofsky revealed the title on Saturday for the new Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. The movie, to be titled The Wolverine, will not be a sequel to the Gavin Hood-directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Aronofsky told HitFix that The Wolverine will be a "one-off," or standalone project. The script, written by Christopher McQuarrie, involves Logan beginning a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man. Since Logan won't take "no" for an answer, it puts him into battle with her father and her samurai-sword-wielding brothers.

A release date has not been set yet for the film.


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 Post subject: Re: The Wolverine
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The Wolverine to Start Filming in April

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Nov 18th, 2010

Darren Aronofsky signs a two-year deal with Fox

In an article announcing a two-year deal between Fox Filmed Entertainment and Darren Aronofsky, ComingSoon.net reports that the director will start filming The Wolverine in April. Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie wrote the script for the film, which will star Hugh Jackman.

"Darren's vision has brought audiences some of the most original and memorable stories and characters in recent motion picture history," said Fox Searchlight heads, Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. "We at Fox witnessed this first hand with his work on 'The Wrestler,' and 'Black Swan,' and now, on 'The Wolverine,' which will be an exciting take on that iconic figure and on the genre itself. We can't wait to see what else Darren has in store for us."

Added Emma Watts, president of production, Twentieth Century Fox: "We're excited Darren is going to bring his unique vision to 'The Wolverine' and we take great satisfaction that Fox, irrespective of the size of his films, continues to provide a home for his extraordinary talent."


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Exclusive: Darren Aronofsky on The Wolverine

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Nov 19th, 2010

And why it will be better than the previous movie

Earlier this week, ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype spoke with director Darren Aronofsky about his intense psychological thriller Black Swan starring Natalie Portman, and while we didn't have a ton of time, we did get to squeeze in a few quick questions about the filmmaker's next project, reuniting with Hugh Jackman for The Wolverine.

Easily one of the coolest filmmakers we've chatted with, Aronofsky had long been wanting to do a new movie based on the long-running Japanese manga series "Lone Wolf and Cub" by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, and being that The Wolverine is based on the Frank Miller mini-series and is mainly set in Japan, we wondered whether he might be able to get some of what he wanted to do with that movie out of his system with the new Wolverine flick.

"There's all the samurai elements that are really exciting," he told us. "I'm a big fan of Japanese movies, we're going to try to have a good time." Aronofsky confirmed that he'll be casting a lot of Japanese actors, but is still unsure whether they'll be speaking in Japanese or English. "It's still under discussion, we'll see what happens," he said about that.

Not everyone was a fan of Gavin Hood's previous movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which partly suffered from nearly half a dozen writers (not all credited) being involved with the screenplay, but clearly, this movie should be different going by what we were told. "Chris McQuarrie wrote a great screenplay. We're trying to get it into a slightly better place but he's working on it, and I think it'll be easy to fix. Chris is an amazing writer and I'm very lucky to have him as a collaborator."

The thing to remember is that Aronofsky's main focus for the next three months will be making sure people go to see his new movie Black Swan, and because of that, he hasn't spent a lot of time on developing The Wolverine just yet. "Literally, we haven't even started to gear up. I'm at the same studio and the film comes out December 3, so they know I'm busy until then," he said. A press release from 20th Century Fox about their new deal with Aronofsky's production company Protozoa stated that filming would start in April.

Our one less-than-subtle attempt to find out if Liev Schreiber might make a cameo as Sabretooth, something we asked the actor about earlier this year, was met with a quick rebuff of "I'm not going to talk about any of that stuff."

Some may remember that Aronofsky was at one point developing a Batman movie with Frank Miller, and The Wolverine will be his first attempt to direct a studio franchise film. We wondered about how that experience may have differed from this one and he told us, "I was really trying to make ‘The Fountain' at the time and that's what I was doing so I wasn't very focused on (Batman), I was focused on making ‘The Fountain,' and then after that, they went off and made the film that they did and it's great."

Look for our full interview with Aronofsky talking about his great new movie Black Swan, opening in select cities on December 3, over on ComingSoon.net, sometime after Thanksgiving.


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Hugh Jackman on Wolverine Training

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Dec 7th, 2010

And working together with Darren Aronofsky

Hugh Jackman chatted with Entertainment Weekly about what he went through to get in shape for The Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman tells EW that director Darren Aronofsky has already asked him to gain 25 lbs of muscle — “which is more than I ever have for the role” — before filming begins next spring. “It’s not easy for me,” he says. “Because I’m actually quite long and lean.” For advice he turned to none other than The Rock! “I had a chat with Dwayne Johnson, who did 25 pounds for his movie,” Jackman says, referring to Johnson’s latest, Faster. “I rang him up and was like, Okay, tell me what’s going on.” The answer: Six months, a pound a week, 6,000 calories a day which, Jackman points out, is an awful lot of chicken, steak, and brown rice.

Jackman added that they've been trying to get Aronofsky since X-Men: The Last Stand. He said they "had a meeting about three weeks ago, catching up as friends more than anything, and he just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up, because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame – just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence, and creativity. I think he’s been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It’s really exciting."


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