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David Slade set to direct Wolverine sequel for Fox

08.20.2010

Last we heard, the choices for director on X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE 2 (they can't actually be calling it that, can they?) were Tony Scott and Matt Reeves (LET ME IN). Tony Scott was apparently too busy and Matt Reeves passed so now it's on to the next two candidates. New York Magazine is reporting that the studio has approved both David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, ECLIPSE) and Robert Schwentke (RED) as directors for the film and that the final choice is up to producer/star Hugh Jackman. Their sources report that Jackman intends to inform Fox that he's going with Slade.

As we've previously heard, the script by Christopher McQuarrie will send Logan to Japan, a storyline long desired by die hard Wolvie fans. While I too am a big Wolverine fan and love the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller storyline, I'm just too sure it adapts well to a feature film. Unlike all the other X-MEN movies Fox has made, it's not crammed with mutant cameos. He just goes to Japan as a Ronin to follow his love Mariko Yashida. Fights ensue but not int he traditional blockbuster movie style way. And frankly, while I love the Japan storyline, the Weapon X saga was just as good, if not better, and that didn't help the movie one lick.

I think both Slade and Schwentke are decent choices but frankly I would've loved to have seen what Reeves would've done with a WOLVERINE film. I'm just hoping that this project will be less tinkered with than the original film, which stunk to the high heavens.

What do you think of the choice of David Slade to direct WOLVERINE 2?

Extra Tidbit: I'm guessing Silver Samurai as the main villain?
Source: NY Mag

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11:33AM on 08/24/2010
FOX and Tom Rothman love to fuck over the X-Men for toys and other marketing bullshit.
FOX and Tom Rothman love to fuck over the X-Men for toys and other marketing bullshit.
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10:48PM on 08/22/2010

Slade a good choice

Remember Blade? I only wish they would have done this storyline first as opposed to the orgins or at least touched on origins then fast fwd to Japan. I'm psyched.
Remember Blade? I only wish they would have done this storyline first as opposed to the orgins or at least touched on origins then fast fwd to Japan. I'm psyched.
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8:25PM on 08/22/2010

well...

it seems inevitable, but doesn't this make logan look like a whore of sorts, not the fucking bad ass that he is, i mean falling for chicks left and right, and btw, Mariko is the love of his life, hopes her dad kicks his ass like he did in the comics.
it seems inevitable, but doesn't this make logan look like a whore of sorts, not the fucking bad ass that he is, i mean falling for chicks left and right, and btw, Mariko is the love of his life, hopes her dad kicks his ass like he did in the comics.
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10:30PM on 08/21/2010

We'll See ....

Not sure how this will come out. The first movie was mostly watchable for me, not the greatest comic film I've ever seen but I was somewhat entertained at times. Deadpool did stink up the joint and Gambit was wasted but hey, things happen.

I've also never read any of the comics so I don't get all up in arms about the movies not following them.

I like Slade, both Hard Candy and 30 Days were cool. Yeah he did Twilight ( a film I watched cause of the ole lady) but let us be honest ...
Not sure how this will come out. The first movie was mostly watchable for me, not the greatest comic film I've ever seen but I was somewhat entertained at times. Deadpool did stink up the joint and Gambit was wasted but hey, things happen.

I've also never read any of the comics so I don't get all up in arms about the movies not following them.

I like Slade, both Hard Candy and 30 Days were cool. Yeah he did Twilight ( a film I watched cause of the ole lady) but let us be honest ... call it selling out if you want ... a guy has to make his money. I don't fault him for that.

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2:31PM on 08/21/2010
I'm just glad Wolverine 2 is being made and I won't judge untill I see a trailer or something... I hate it when people talk shit before they even see what will be final product of a film and then they suddenly have a change of mind...
I'm just glad Wolverine 2 is being made and I won't judge untill I see a trailer or something... I hate it when people talk shit before they even see what will be final product of a film and then they suddenly have a change of mind...
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1:29PM on 08/21/2010

NOOOOOOO!!!!!(scene from Wolverine)

Wolverine burned me so bad that I have no interest in ever seeing Jackman's version of the character ever again. Slade being hired just shows you that Fox is looking for a director who can take orders. Why is Fox even going ahead with this? I thought X-Men: First Class was supposed to return the series back to form. And from the news released today by Bryan Singer, it sounds like it has a chance if Fox doesn't fuck it up.
Wolverine burned me so bad that I have no interest in ever seeing Jackman's version of the character ever again. Slade being hired just shows you that Fox is looking for a director who can take orders. Why is Fox even going ahead with this? I thought X-Men: First Class was supposed to return the series back to form. And from the news released today by Bryan Singer, it sounds like it has a chance if Fox doesn't fuck it up.
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10:47AM on 08/21/2010

Trying To Keep An Open Mind

I very well may wind up hating this more than cancer, but I'm going to keep an open and un-biased opinion until it all comes together and the buzz starts coming in. And by then I'll hate the fuck out of it. :) PLEASE let me be wrong though.
I very well may wind up hating this more than cancer, but I'm going to keep an open and un-biased opinion until it all comes together and the buzz starts coming in. And by then I'll hate the fuck out of it. :) PLEASE let me be wrong though.
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7:05AM on 08/21/2010

IF THEIR CALLING IT X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE 2

Then Hell No, I've said it before and I'll say it again. If this movie wants to have a chance at getting my 8 bucks it'll cut all ties to ORIGINS and just be a stand alone movie. I wonder how many characters they'll ruin in this one?
Then Hell No, I've said it before and I'll say it again. If this movie wants to have a chance at getting my 8 bucks it'll cut all ties to ORIGINS and just be a stand alone movie. I wonder how many characters they'll ruin in this one?
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11:10PM on 08/20/2010
If they had just left the first movie with Striker, Sabretooth and Wolvie it most likely would have been a hell of a lot better movie than what turned out. If my memory serves me this story has no super villan just lots of ninjas. I hope Hugh Jackman is learning some martial arts for this flick.
If they had just left the first movie with Striker, Sabretooth and Wolvie it most likely would have been a hell of a lot better movie than what turned out. If my memory serves me this story has no super villan just lots of ninjas. I hope Hugh Jackman is learning some martial arts for this flick.
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8:45PM on 08/20/2010

I'm sad to say...

that I'm just not as interested in this film as I would've been prior to the first Wolverine movie.
that I'm just not as interested in this film as I would've been prior to the first Wolverine movie.
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5:56PM on 08/20/2010

Not a good choice and........

X-Men Orgins: Wolverine left too bad of a taste in my mouth.....sorry
X-Men Orgins: Wolverine left too bad of a taste in my mouth.....sorry
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5:23PM on 08/20/2010

'the hell?

So when you say "David Slade set to direct Wolverine sequel for Fox," do you mean to say "David Slade POSSIBLY set to direct Wolverine sequel for Fox?" If he's in the running, how does that make him "set?"
So when you say "David Slade set to direct Wolverine sequel for Fox," do you mean to say "David Slade POSSIBLY set to direct Wolverine sequel for Fox?" If he's in the running, how does that make him "set?"
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4:52PM on 08/20/2010
Huge Jerkman!? Lol.
Huge Jerkman!? Lol.
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4:47PM on 08/20/2010
Huge Jerkman!? Lol.
Huge Jerkman!? Lol.
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4:35PM on 08/20/2010
It's a shame they probably won't keep that kimono for the movie, because Huge Jerkman would look funny as fuck wearing that with a big, mean scowl and showing off his cock-compensators.
It's a shame they probably won't keep that kimono for the movie, because Huge Jerkman would look funny as fuck wearing that with a big, mean scowl and showing off his cock-compensators.
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4:20PM on 08/20/2010
How about NO!
How about NO!
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3:54PM on 08/20/2010
this could be awesome if slade gets to do what he wants and fox stays the hell out of it.
this could be awesome if slade gets to do what he wants and fox stays the hell out of it.
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3:45PM on 08/20/2010

about this.................

I will not pay for this at the movies, I still feel burned for paying for the first one
I will not pay for this at the movies, I still feel burned for paying for the first one
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4:27PM on 08/20/2010
All we can hope for is to have the movie leaked prior to release. *ahem*
All we can hope for is to have the movie leaked prior to release. *ahem*
3:25PM on 08/20/2010
i didn't like wolverine.
i didn't like wolverine.
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3:13PM on 08/20/2010
I hate Fox.. they just never learn.. they always choose competent directors but when it comes to the final word, the studio fucked up every movie in their way.. the best example.. the first wolverine. Rodriguez made the difference with predators because he fought for predators to be made at troublemaker, but the question here is, would Slade fight to have creative control over this wolverine and not let Fox fuck the movie once again? Only time will tell..
I hate Fox.. they just never learn.. they always choose competent directors but when it comes to the final word, the studio fucked up every movie in their way.. the best example.. the first wolverine. Rodriguez made the difference with predators because he fought for predators to be made at troublemaker, but the question here is, would Slade fight to have creative control over this wolverine and not let Fox fuck the movie once again? Only time will tell..
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1:27PM on 08/20/2010

Fox sucks

If David Slade and the writers/editors had full creative control, I'd be excited. But this is a STUDIO run'd movie, and will be watered down, and most likely (with Fox's record) hacked to shit and filled in with stupid nonsense. I think the idea sounds good, but I don't know about the outcome.
If David Slade and the writers/editors had full creative control, I'd be excited. But this is a STUDIO run'd movie, and will be watered down, and most likely (with Fox's record) hacked to shit and filled in with stupid nonsense. I think the idea sounds good, but I don't know about the outcome.
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12:57PM on 08/20/2010
Whoever the director is, FOX will end up doing one, if not all of the following: Tone down the violence to the standard pg-13, have heavy amounts of over the top CGI, and find a way to to have other x-men make an appearance.
Whoever the director is, FOX will end up doing one, if not all of the following: Tone down the violence to the standard pg-13, have heavy amounts of over the top CGI, and find a way to to have other x-men make an appearance.
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12:56PM on 08/20/2010
I'll save judgement on this one.
I'll save judgement on this one.
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12:53PM on 08/20/2010
I first read this as David Spade. Very confused at first.
I first read this as David Spade. Very confused at first.
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12:31PM on 08/20/2010

Deja vu

I seem to remember everybody being happy about the choice of Gavin Hood for the first film and we all know how that one ended up. Slade is a decent director but I would much rather have seen a Tony Scott Wolverine film, hell Id even take Matt Reeves. Like someone on here said Slade has already sold out by making a Twilight film. And if its true that the studio did reshoots on it then it just proves this guy is a push over.
I seem to remember everybody being happy about the choice of Gavin Hood for the first film and we all know how that one ended up. Slade is a decent director but I would much rather have seen a Tony Scott Wolverine film, hell Id even take Matt Reeves. Like someone on here said Slade has already sold out by making a Twilight film. And if its true that the studio did reshoots on it then it just proves this guy is a push over.
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5:28PM on 08/20/2010
And Fox will no doubt be even more aggressive in their interference. If Slade sold out for a Twilight film, how are we supposed to trust him to develop a Wolverine film and not let the studio destroy it? Remember how Fox interfered with Gavin Hood, trying to film scenes without him. There was even a story where Fox repainted a set while Hood was gone so it wouldn't be as "dark." I would suspect similar problems with this film.

As for the reshoots, apparently the report indicated Slade
And Fox will no doubt be even more aggressive in their interference. If Slade sold out for a Twilight film, how are we supposed to trust him to develop a Wolverine film and not let the studio destroy it? Remember how Fox interfered with Gavin Hood, trying to film scenes without him. There was even a story where Fox repainted a set while Hood was gone so it wouldn't be as "dark." I would suspect similar problems with this film.

As for the reshoots, apparently the report indicated Slade and Summit had some creative differences and Summit intended on doing reshoots with a previous director. As for your statement, I actually think this would suggest the opposite: Slade refused to do what the studio wanted and so the studio looked elsewhere. I wouldn't call that being pushed over. (here's the article: [link]. Perhaps this is a preview of future conflict with Fox?
11:59AM on 08/20/2010
i'd love to see slade do this. he needs to do a GOOD movie after slumming it in Eclipse. HArd Candy was amazing and 30 days of night was really entertaining. let's hope he can get the studio to let him do this thing R-rated like it should be
i'd love to see slade do this. he needs to do a GOOD movie after slumming it in Eclipse. HArd Candy was amazing and 30 days of night was really entertaining. let's hope he can get the studio to let him do this thing R-rated like it should be
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11:53AM on 08/20/2010

have a VERY odd feeling...

that this will be better than first class, spider-man reboot, green hornet, captain america, but NOT Thor. Maybe Thor.
that this will be better than first class, spider-man reboot, green hornet, captain america, but NOT Thor. Maybe Thor.
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11:51AM on 08/20/2010
i was okay with the first movie, sure it had its flaws, but i was ridiculously stoned, so i had a good time. at least until Weapon XI came into the picture. Gambit was kinda weak sauce, but like i said it had its flaws.
i was okay with the first movie, sure it had its flaws, but i was ridiculously stoned, so i had a good time. at least until Weapon XI came into the picture. Gambit was kinda weak sauce, but like i said it had its flaws.
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12:54PM on 08/20/2010
Reminds me of seeing Batman & Robin on a light-weight traveler of Old Crowe. Swore it was the best bat film EVER. Until it was available at Blockbuster . . .
Reminds me of seeing Batman & Robin on a light-weight traveler of Old Crowe. Swore it was the best bat film EVER. Until it was available at Blockbuster . . .
11:50AM on 08/20/2010
Fox trying to muscle in as many mutants as possible just reminds me of that Gary Kurtz interview where he says that the recent Star Wars movies were made for toy tie ins.
Fox trying to muscle in as many mutants as possible just reminds me of that Gary Kurtz interview where he says that the recent Star Wars movies were made for toy tie ins.
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11:50AM on 08/20/2010
LOL David Slade is such a tool.
LOL David Slade is such a tool.
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11:40AM on 08/20/2010
For some reason I've been hit with optimism, and it came the moment I read Slade's name. I like the guy, and yes, he'll probably be screwed with by Fox, but I doubt the outcome will be as bad as the first flick. Here's to hoping.
For some reason I've been hit with optimism, and it came the moment I read Slade's name. I like the guy, and yes, he'll probably be screwed with by Fox, but I doubt the outcome will be as bad as the first flick. Here's to hoping.
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11:26AM on 08/20/2010

Slade can at least watch the movie watchable

The first Wolverine was beyond terrible, but with Slade at the helm and a decent screenplay writer I can at least say this may turn out to be "okay".
The first Wolverine was beyond terrible, but with Slade at the helm and a decent screenplay writer I can at least say this may turn out to be "okay".
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11:22AM on 08/20/2010
Sweet! Now lets get on w/ the casting news of the 47 other mutants to be shoe-horned into this puppy!
Sweet! Now lets get on w/ the casting news of the 47 other mutants to be shoe-horned into this puppy!
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11:19AM on 08/20/2010
"Unlike all the other X-MEN movies Fox has made, it's not crammed with mutant cameos." Oh, Fox will find a way to cram in as many mutants out the ding dong in this!
"Unlike all the other X-MEN movies Fox has made, it's not crammed with mutant cameos." Oh, Fox will find a way to cram in as many mutants out the ding dong in this!
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11:52AM on 08/20/2010
I was thinking the same thing
I was thinking the same thing
11:18AM on 08/20/2010
Slade sold out sooner than I expected. I had high hopes for the guy.
Slade sold out sooner than I expected. I had high hopes for the guy.
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11:13AM on 08/20/2010
Slade... why? Hard Candy? Brilliant? 30 Days of Night? Fun. And then... crapola. Damn man.
Slade... why? Hard Candy? Brilliant? 30 Days of Night? Fun. And then... crapola. Damn man.
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11:25AM on 08/20/2010
I think it's impossible to make a good Twilight movie. David Slade made one mistake (though it was a big one): he sold out and took the money to make a film in an awful franchise. Everything after that was doomed from the start (and if reports that the studio did reshoots without him were true, it puts further into question how much he was able to do his film and not the studios).
I think it's impossible to make a good Twilight movie. David Slade made one mistake (though it was a big one): he sold out and took the money to make a film in an awful franchise. Everything after that was doomed from the start (and if reports that the studio did reshoots without him were true, it puts further into question how much he was able to do his film and not the studios).
11:13AM on 08/20/2010

Wow...that was unexpected!

But a pleasant surprise. Looking forward to it.
But a pleasant surprise. Looking forward to it.
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11:12AM on 08/20/2010
EXCELLENT choice, providing Fox leaves him alone to do his thing.

Let's be honest, the heading of this article could just have easily read: "David Slade set to stand on WOLVERINE 2 set and do whatever Tom Rothman tells him to do."
EXCELLENT choice, providing Fox leaves him alone to do his thing.

Let's be honest, the heading of this article could just have easily read: "David Slade set to stand on WOLVERINE 2 set and do whatever Tom Rothman tells him to do."
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