Via MTV’s SplashPage: http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/10/18/wolverine-2-darren-aronofsky/
“Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky’s attachment to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2” remains likely but uncertain, and until an official announcement is made, Aronofsky Alerts remain in full effect on the “Wolverine” front. And according to the latest alert, the director isn’t just inching closer to a deal — he’s closer to a start date and a shooting location as well.
Deadline reports that Aronofsky’s deal with 20th Century Fox 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.”
When New York filming is complete, the production would head to Japan to shoot the rest of the sequel, reportedly based on the “Wolverine” comics created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Additionally, Fox is eyeing a March start date for the “Wolverine” sequel. The studio’s intention is to leave Aronofsky’s schedule clear enough “to open ‘Black Swan’ and be available for the inevitable award season obligations.” Indeed, Aronofsky’s latest film has already generated award buzz, with lead actress Natalie Portman considered a virtual lock for an Academy Award nomination.
With shooting dates and locations reportedly lining up all in an effort to accommodate Aronofsky’s schedule, it seems that it’s just a matter of time before the director officially digs his claws into the “X-Men” franchise. In the meantime, keep it locked into Splash Page for the latest Aronofsky Alerts as they’re made available.
As soon as a week after it opened, Hugh Jackman (see my previous article here: https://dailypop.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/wolverine-2/) was talking about a second Wolverine film, this time closely based om the Frank Miller/Chris Claremont min-series set in Japan. Reportedly, the studio made a lot of demands on the first Wolverine film leading to a Spider-Man 3 situation with characters such as Deadpool shoe-horned into the cast. While X-Men: Origins- Wolverine was a relative success in the cinema it was less popular with fans who were more than a little irked by the kitchen sink approach and over-the-top ending.
The filmmakers are hoping for a much more straight-forward and controllable movie the second time around. Hiring the creative team of Aronofsky (the Fountain, Requiem for a Dream) and Christopher McQuarrie (Way of the Gun, The Usual Suspects) could signal a fantastic movie that Wolverine fans have been waiting for. With the X-Men: First Class movie set to land in 2012, 20th Century Fox no doubt has its collective fingers crossed that the mutants will prove profitable again, leading to a revival of the X-Men franchise.
Wolverine 2 has no release date at present.