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Director David Slade talks about losing Wolverine to Darren Aronofsky

12.03.2010

Back when things started getting serious about a WOLVERINE sequel, we heard a number of names for possible directors, including contender David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE).

How close did Slade get to taking Logan on a Japanese adventure? Just an adamantium claw length away, from the sound of it.

As he tells Hitfix, the process of getting a movie greenlit takes lots of time and meetings, and still may not come together. "I must have read or been at least offered 40+ projects," Slade says. "I’ve gone after two. And therefore for reasons that are completely valid, those things didn’t happen."

"THE WOLVERINE was like that, I had a great meeting with Hugh Jackman. We were all ready to go and then Darren Aronofsky, who has a great relationship with Hugh, showed up. You kind of feel like: 'well, the girlfriend’s come back. I can either put up a fight here or I can just let nature take its course.'"

Slade discusses a number of topics, including ECLIPSE (out on DVD), 3D and digital filmmaking, revisiting his previous work, and plans for the future -- check out the interview HERE.

Extra Tidbit: With regards to THE WOLVERINE, Aronofsky just told MTV that "I haven't even started to put my brain into it," and "I have a feeling [that] by the time I get done with it, it will be something a little bit different."
Source: Hitfix

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10:38AM on 12/05/2010
Consider me on board for this film with Aronofsky in the director's seat. I doubt David Slade would have delivered something better than the piece of garbage "Origins."
Consider me on board for this film with Aronofsky in the director's seat. I doubt David Slade would have delivered something better than the piece of garbage "Origins."
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10:00PM on 12/04/2010
It would have been interesting to see.
It would have been interesting to see.
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11:45AM on 12/04/2010

Slade took such an ugly turn!

He went from the good Hard Candy, the okay 30 Days of Night, to the shitfest known as Eclipse. I'm glad he didn't get Wolverine.
He went from the good Hard Candy, the okay 30 Days of Night, to the shitfest known as Eclipse. I'm glad he didn't get Wolverine.
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9:23AM on 12/04/2010
fuck this guy, he directed a twilight movie. he has no cred whatsoever with me. aronofsky on the other hand is one of the best directors of our time. fuck this dude.
fuck this guy, he directed a twilight movie. he has no cred whatsoever with me. aronofsky on the other hand is one of the best directors of our time. fuck this dude.
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11:41AM on 12/04/2010
Worse: he directed a Twilight movie after dissing the Twilight franchise. In other words, he sold out. I have no respect for this guy.
Worse: he directed a Twilight movie after dissing the Twilight franchise. In other words, he sold out. I have no respect for this guy.
12:00AM on 12/04/2010
I think Gavin Hood did a pretty good job on Wolverine considering all the factors. Still, the character deserves a 10/10 epic film and Darren Aronofsky may just be the man to do it. I have a feeling we're either going to get that 10/10 masterpiece or a bizzaro 3/10 crapfest but nothing middle of the road. I kind of like that at this point. Swing for the fences and either hit a mammoth home run or strike out. We've gotten our double or solid hit with Origins. Time for pure greatness.
I think Gavin Hood did a pretty good job on Wolverine considering all the factors. Still, the character deserves a 10/10 epic film and Darren Aronofsky may just be the man to do it. I have a feeling we're either going to get that 10/10 masterpiece or a bizzaro 3/10 crapfest but nothing middle of the road. I kind of like that at this point. Swing for the fences and either hit a mammoth home run or strike out. We've gotten our double or solid hit with Origins. Time for pure greatness.
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12:29AM on 12/04/2010
I think you are teh gey for thinking "a pretty good job" was done on Wolverine
I think you are teh gey for thinking "a pretty good job" was done on Wolverine
3:28AM on 12/04/2010
that you are teh gey shit is so fucking old dude...
that you are teh gey shit is so fucking old dude...
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11:06PM on 12/03/2010
Sorry Slade but when the Picasso of film-making shows up, what can you do? Hard Candy is one fine film, I cant speak for the rest of Slade's work. But I don't think there is a better director for Wolvie, and not a better film than Wolvie for him to make right now. Plus he has such a fantastic track record, at least critically, and has already been working with Fox, which must mean a lot more power of decision than most directors would get on this project.
Sorry Slade but when the Picasso of film-making shows up, what can you do? Hard Candy is one fine film, I cant speak for the rest of Slade's work. But I don't think there is a better director for Wolvie, and not a better film than Wolvie for him to make right now. Plus he has such a fantastic track record, at least critically, and has already been working with Fox, which must mean a lot more power of decision than most directors would get on this project.
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11:46AM on 12/04/2010
Hard Candy was a good film until it lost its way in the last half hour. It was kind of chasing its tail, drawing out the film before the inevitable finally happens. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but I think you know what I mean. Something is about to happen, than it is interrupted by something else, than it is going to happen, than it's not. Finally it happens and the film ends. It just goes back and forth at that point. At this point, it loses its suspense. Do you know where I am
Hard Candy was a good film until it lost its way in the last half hour. It was kind of chasing its tail, drawing out the film before the inevitable finally happens. I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but I think you know what I mean. Something is about to happen, than it is interrupted by something else, than it is going to happen, than it's not. Finally it happens and the film ends. It just goes back and forth at that point. At this point, it loses its suspense. Do you know where I am coming from?
12:33PM on 12/04/2010
Yeah it wasnt perfect. As for his Twilight film, I imagine its the story and maybe not the direction that is lame.
Yeah it wasnt perfect. As for his Twilight film, I imagine its the story and maybe not the direction that is lame.
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10:47PM on 12/03/2010
For the life of me I can't even remember who the hell directed the first Wolverine. But I think the problem with it was that it was more of a product than a movie, the studio knew people would go see any piece of shit they threw together as long as it had Wolverine in it. And what franchise is more of a soulless product than fucking Twilight? I'd say we dodged a bullet. If Slade directed it it would probably be just as bad as the first Wolverine.
For the life of me I can't even remember who the hell directed the first Wolverine. But I think the problem with it was that it was more of a product than a movie, the studio knew people would go see any piece of shit they threw together as long as it had Wolverine in it. And what franchise is more of a soulless product than fucking Twilight? I'd say we dodged a bullet. If Slade directed it it would probably be just as bad as the first Wolverine.
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10:05PM on 12/03/2010
Once Slade made Eclipse he lost all credibility that he earned when he made Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night(i know most hated it but i liked it). Thankfully this project is in much more capable hands.
Once Slade made Eclipse he lost all credibility that he earned when he made Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night(i know most hated it but i liked it). Thankfully this project is in much more capable hands.
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