The Wolverine has finally found its director. James Mangold (Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) is reportedly on the verge of helming the franchise follow-up after the abrupt departure of Darren Aronofsky earlier this year. With the momentum that the film seemed to have going into 2011 dissolved, months of hiatus would lead to Mangold's name emerging last month on a short-list of candidates for the job.
With this news, it appears that The Wolverine can proceed as planned for shooting possibly in the Fall. Star, Hugh Jackman, who is supposedly set to put on more weight for the role than ever to pull-off a more comic book-accurate look, should now likely continue that task.
Will it have any affect on the film?
The film, which will focus on the iconic storyline involving Wolverine's time in Japan, full of ninjas, samurai, and tragic love, had Aronofsky attached initially, due to some ambitiously dramatic elements. Being acclaimed for his directorial effort of Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line in 2005, new director, Mangold is definitely no stranger to the character-driven, pathos-heavy drama that The Wolverine apparently is looking to become. (Especially if there's a scene where Wolverine angrily rips a sink out of a wall.) Plus, his action credentials are fully established with last year's Tom Cruise vehicle, Knight and Day, and 2007's Russell Crow/Christian Bale action western, 3:10 to Yuma.
Considering the urgency to get shooting, it does appear, at this point, that the film is in as good a pair of hands as it's going to get. Clearly, the vocal enthusiasm by star, Hugh Jackman indicates that he truly believes this is THE Wolverine movies that he's been wanting to make for the decade-plus time he's been playing the role.
What do you think of the choice of James Mangold?