He’s been on the shortlist for Preacher and, until Zack Snyder took the reins, Superman, but Vulture is reporting that Requiem for a Dream’s Darren Aronofsky has been offered a directing post for Wolverine 2.
Aronofsky has worked with Wolverine star Hugh Jackman previously in the film The Fountain. But seeing Vulture’s rationale is particularly interesting — they’re suggesting that he was bumped off the Superman film in part because of his reputation for perfectionism. Here’s an interesting tidbit:
We’re told by knowledgeable insiders the reason Warner Bros. picked Snyder for Man of Steel is that the script by David Goyer was rushed, is still a bit of a mess, and that Warner Bros. needs someone who won’t spend months or even years trying to get it just right (i.e., Aronofsky), because time is the one thing they don’t have: The studio must have a new Superman movie in production by 2011 or they’ll be subject to potential lawsuits by the heirs of the superhero’s creators.
Now, there’s been a little bit of chatter amongst the blogosphere about the high concept of the new Superman film — “Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman,” according to Vulture — but if it ends up being like Superman: Birthright, having a little bit of doubt is all right… if he’s got the costume.
But back to Wolverine 2 a second. I’m curious to see how Aronofsky, a director with his own quirks and visual signature, will handle a “mainstream” actioner like Wolverine 2, particularly after Tsotsi director Gavin Hood couldn’t quite stick the landing with critics. The film allegedly will have Wolverine travelling to Japan.