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Snikt! The Wolverine will be directed by James Mangold

Jun. 15, 2011by: Dave Davis

Marvel's adamantium-laced anti-hero has been slowly clawing his way through development for a sequel, but THE WOLVERINE finally has a director.

Deadline says that James Mangold (3:10 TO YUMA, COP LAND) will sharpen Hugh Jackman's fist-knives for the movie, which is set almost entirely in Japan and follows the popular 80s comic story pitting Logan against a ninja clan. Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) penned the script.

Mangold (whose last movie was KNIGHT AND DAY)  was on Fox's recent wish-list of possibilities to replace director Darren Aronofsky, who departed the project a few months back.

Filming is expected to start in the fall, which means the finished film could conceivably carve up theaters next summer.

Extra Tidbit: Think they'll just pretend ORIGINS didn't happen?
Source: Deadline

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8:32PM on 06/17/2011
The guy who gave us 3:10 to Yuma/Copland/and Identity? I think Wolvie is in good hands!!
The guy who gave us 3:10 to Yuma/Copland/and Identity? I think Wolvie is in good hands!!
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8:15PM on 06/17/2011
good chopice i believe, even if the story did not make much sense Knight & day had some great action in it & 3:10 To Yuma told a great story & had some action as well & Identity is very underrated. Thats pretty much all this movie needed was a director who could tell a story & direct action.
good chopice i believe, even if the story did not make much sense Knight & day had some great action in it & 3:10 To Yuma told a great story & had some action as well & Identity is very underrated. Thats pretty much all this movie needed was a director who could tell a story & direct action.
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8:37PM on 06/16/2011

Continuity

I am curious as to what they are going to do with X-Men First Class Part II or whatever they are going to call it. X-Men the Last Stand gave us Jean Grey's origin and then Cyclops' origin was forced into Wolverine. I've heard people say that Scott and Jean are kids in the early sixties and that the sequel will take place in the seventies and have them be teenagers and old enough for Xavier to recruit into the X-Men. The question is how much of the first four X-Men movies will be ignored in
I am curious as to what they are going to do with X-Men First Class Part II or whatever they are going to call it. X-Men the Last Stand gave us Jean Grey's origin and then Cyclops' origin was forced into Wolverine. I've heard people say that Scott and Jean are kids in the early sixties and that the sequel will take place in the seventies and have them be teenagers and old enough for Xavier to recruit into the X-Men. The question is how much of the first four X-Men movies will be ignored in these new X-Men movies.
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7:57PM on 06/16/2011

What else is new?

Yet another project Aronofsky has left.
Yet another project Aronofsky has left.
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5:26PM on 06/16/2011
I have renewed faith in the X-Men franchise now after First Class so hopes are that this new Wolverine movie picks up after or during First Class, ignoring the first four films and setting up a new continuity.
I have renewed faith in the X-Men franchise now after First Class so hopes are that this new Wolverine movie picks up after or during First Class, ignoring the first four films and setting up a new continuity.
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1:12PM on 06/16/2011

2 soon 2 tell

Knight & Day was pretty good even though it shat golf balls at the theater. We'll wait and see.
Knight & Day was pretty good even though it shat golf balls at the theater. We'll wait and see.
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11:44AM on 06/16/2011

I'm sure he'll do a good job.

HE isn't a terrible director. But still want Aronofsky though.
HE isn't a terrible director. But still want Aronofsky though.
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11:16AM on 06/16/2011

kinda funny

...since the last time Jackman & Liev Schriber worked together before origins was on a James Mangold film. 2001's Kate & Leopold.
...since the last time Jackman & Liev Schriber worked together before origins was on a James Mangold film. 2001's Kate & Leopold.
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10:47AM on 06/16/2011
Not a big Mangold fan. And whatever movie is made, I'll always be wondering what Aronofsky would have come up with.
Not a big Mangold fan. And whatever movie is made, I'll always be wondering what Aronofsky would have come up with.
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10:42AM on 06/16/2011
Its not so much WHO they pick for director; moreso, how much control fox is going to exert over this to make sure it drags in the masses. Which means less character development and more explosions, one dimensional characters and useless cameos. Dont fuck this up FOX. First Class did it right.
Its not so much WHO they pick for director; moreso, how much control fox is going to exert over this to make sure it drags in the masses. Which means less character development and more explosions, one dimensional characters and useless cameos. Dont fuck this up FOX. First Class did it right.
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10:31AM on 06/16/2011
I'm pretty sure Mangold can deliver the goods. Lets hope Fox takes a cue from First Class and doesn't meddle too much.
I'm pretty sure Mangold can deliver the goods. Lets hope Fox takes a cue from First Class and doesn't meddle too much.
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10:12AM on 06/16/2011

unless

it turns out that that script is absolutely amazing and faithful to the original wolverine comic story they're allegedly basing this movie on then i will remain impartial until i see a trailer.

but honestly, losing aronofsky was a big fucking letdown and hard to come back from...
it turns out that that script is absolutely amazing and faithful to the original wolverine comic story they're allegedly basing this movie on then i will remain impartial until i see a trailer.

but honestly, losing aronofsky was a big fucking letdown and hard to come back from...
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9:49AM on 06/16/2011

It's like you've dated a supermodel yet you only had sex with a 'normal' girl.

It's all good but you will always wonder what the sex could have been with the supermodel.

This is how I feel about Mangold after Aronofsky.
It's all good but you will always wonder what the sex could have been with the supermodel.

This is how I feel about Mangold after Aronofsky.
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9:33AM on 06/16/2011
After the abominable last Wolvie film they really need to get a first class director and let him tell a meaningful story about the unique character of Logan. Not Meh-gold.
After the abominable last Wolvie film they really need to get a first class director and let him tell a meaningful story about the unique character of Logan. Not Meh-gold.
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9:16AM on 06/16/2011
Mangold is a hired hand hack nigh indeterminable from contemporaries such as Marc Forster who can't keep his shit together for 120 minutes. Recent example of "Knight & Day", perhaps the best concept Mangold has worked with thus far - he can't seem to grip the ironies or subtleties and just goes for uneven, desensitized, meaningless action. Excitement factor for "The Wolverine" has gone from 11 to 0.
Mangold is a hired hand hack nigh indeterminable from contemporaries such as Marc Forster who can't keep his shit together for 120 minutes. Recent example of "Knight & Day", perhaps the best concept Mangold has worked with thus far - he can't seem to grip the ironies or subtleties and just goes for uneven, desensitized, meaningless action. Excitement factor for "The Wolverine" has gone from 11 to 0.
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8:43AM on 06/16/2011

Wooot

Alright!!! Mangold it is!!! Excitement factor is back up to 11
Alright!!! Mangold it is!!! Excitement factor is back up to 11
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8:13AM on 06/16/2011
Really liked 3:10 to Yuma, LOVED Walk the Line! hopefully Mangold can get it done. Fingers crossed Freddy.
Really liked 3:10 to Yuma, LOVED Walk the Line! hopefully Mangold can get it done. Fingers crossed Freddy.
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7:24AM on 06/16/2011

Love 3:10 to Yuma and COPLAND

So this is great news. Hopefully its a fresh start though, with no ties to Origins continuity just like FIRST CLASS was.
So this is great news. Hopefully its a fresh start though, with no ties to Origins continuity just like FIRST CLASS was.
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7:01AM on 06/16/2011
Mangold will do. Still a shame that Aranofsky punked out, but I'm just fine with Mangold. On a side note, hopefully after this they'll give Wolverine a REST. Fox needs to stop milking him. How about a "First Class" sequel? That was the first one that felt like a legit "X-Men" movie rather than a "Wolverine movie that features a few characters from the X-Men comics playing second fiddle" movie.
Mangold will do. Still a shame that Aranofsky punked out, but I'm just fine with Mangold. On a side note, hopefully after this they'll give Wolverine a REST. Fox needs to stop milking him. How about a "First Class" sequel? That was the first one that felt like a legit "X-Men" movie rather than a "Wolverine movie that features a few characters from the X-Men comics playing second fiddle" movie.
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6:22AM on 06/16/2011

Excellent!

Mangold is a fantastic director and more than capable of making this work.
Mangold is a fantastic director and more than capable of making this work.
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4:23AM on 06/16/2011

no hope

I wanna be positive but mangold flubbed with 'Knight and Day' and I thought wolverine origins would be tight based on gavin hood but it blew, so Im pretty sure fox will get under mangolds skin (though i think aronosky would hold them back) and it'll suck
I wanna be positive but mangold flubbed with 'Knight and Day' and I thought wolverine origins would be tight based on gavin hood but it blew, so Im pretty sure fox will get under mangolds skin (though i think aronosky would hold them back) and it'll suck
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4:22AM on 06/16/2011

The films gonna be MANGOLDEN!!!! :P

Identity, Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma. Period!!!! And since Mangold has worked with Jackman in Kate & Leopold, there is a well established relationship. Like Aranofsky and Jackman had for the Fountain.
Identity, Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma. Period!!!! And since Mangold has worked with Jackman in Kate & Leopold, there is a well established relationship. Like Aranofsky and Jackman had for the Fountain.
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8:21PM on 06/17/2011
clearly hugh jackman had a say on who he wanted to work with.
clearly hugh jackman had a say on who he wanted to work with.
4:02AM on 06/16/2011
Please more 3:10 to Yuma and less Knight and Day.
Please more 3:10 to Yuma and less Knight and Day.
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12:45PM on 06/16/2011
I completely agree.
I completely agree.
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3:50AM on 06/16/2011
This is a great opportunity to reboot the Wolverine origin story and totally ignore what happened in origins wolverine, and don't add unnecessary x-men characters!
This is a great opportunity to reboot the Wolverine origin story and totally ignore what happened in origins wolverine, and don't add unnecessary x-men characters!
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3:33AM on 06/16/2011
Interesting. He's a good director, but I didn't expect someone like him to do it. Generally, he gets really good performances from his actors and focuses a lot on character development and story, so that's a huge plus.
Interesting. He's a good director, but I didn't expect someone like him to do it. Generally, he gets really good performances from his actors and focuses a lot on character development and story, so that's a huge plus.
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2:44AM on 06/16/2011
I suppose this is cool. I enjoyed Knight and Day. I guess we will see.
I suppose this is cool. I enjoyed Knight and Day. I guess we will see.
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2:04AM on 06/16/2011

awesome choice

can't freakin wait
can't freakin wait
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1:58AM on 06/16/2011
Mangold is pretty much a director for hire and doesn't have a whole lot of vision, and so I can't see this as being anything special.
Mangold is pretty much a director for hire and doesn't have a whole lot of vision, and so I can't see this as being anything special.
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1:52AM on 06/16/2011

Great choice!

YES!!! There is hope for Wolvie yet! I've enjoyed the films I've seen Mangold do: Walk The Line, 3:10 To Yuma, Identity, and I even found Knight & Day pretty fun. I think this is a GREAT fit for Wolverine, much better than the uber-pretentious Aronofsky. Sorry people who are bummed about him leaving, but I'm kind of glad I don't have to deal with hipsters sitting around me in the theater sipping on Starbucks and tweeting on their iPhones during the film.
YES!!! There is hope for Wolvie yet! I've enjoyed the films I've seen Mangold do: Walk The Line, 3:10 To Yuma, Identity, and I even found Knight & Day pretty fun. I think this is a GREAT fit for Wolverine, much better than the uber-pretentious Aronofsky. Sorry people who are bummed about him leaving, but I'm kind of glad I don't have to deal with hipsters sitting around me in the theater sipping on Starbucks and tweeting on their iPhones during the film.
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1:04AM on 06/16/2011
Whatever.


Now that there will never be a Darren Aronofsky Woverine film, I just don't care.
Whatever.


Now that there will never be a Darren Aronofsky Woverine film, I just don't care.
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12:45AM on 06/16/2011
It could be either good or bad. Hard to say.
It could be either good or bad. Hard to say.
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12:40AM on 06/16/2011
They have a good director now, a great script(apparently) the perfect story to adapt (Japan) a superb lead in Hugh Jackman and a big budget! It's a can't miss...get it done!
They have a good director now, a great script(apparently) the perfect story to adapt (Japan) a superb lead in Hugh Jackman and a big budget! It's a can't miss...get it done!
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11:57PM on 06/15/2011

Meh

James Mangold is very hit and miss, and his hits aren't all that great. This is the kind of director I expected Fox to go for after Origins. Huge step down from Aronofsky.
James Mangold is very hit and miss, and his hits aren't all that great. This is the kind of director I expected Fox to go for after Origins. Huge step down from Aronofsky.
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12:37AM on 06/16/2011
I believe you are confusing bad directing with a bad script/bad acting. Mangold's style is solid, but he gets weak scripts sometimes (K&D). McQuarrie will deliver in that department and Jackman can handle the rest.
I believe you are confusing bad directing with a bad script/bad acting. Mangold's style is solid, but he gets weak scripts sometimes (K&D). McQuarrie will deliver in that department and Jackman can handle the rest.
11:56PM on 06/15/2011
After Aronofsky left, there's really no one else who could have made me as excited about a Wolverine film. But you could do worse than Mangold. X-men first class was a step in the right direction, and hopefully this movie will be too.
After Aronofsky left, there's really no one else who could have made me as excited about a Wolverine film. But you could do worse than Mangold. X-men first class was a step in the right direction, and hopefully this movie will be too.
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11:56PM on 06/15/2011

Would be nice

Hopefully Aronofsky is involved with this someway somehow , maybe a producer executive producer anything!
Hopefully Aronofsky is involved with this someway somehow , maybe a producer executive producer anything!
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11:56PM on 06/15/2011
Meh. This movie needed in an auteur. Mangold has directed some good flicks but doesnt direct action very well or bring out his beautiful locations. (Knight and Day).
Meh. This movie needed in an auteur. Mangold has directed some good flicks but doesnt direct action very well or bring out his beautiful locations. (Knight and Day).
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11:27PM on 06/15/2011

Just stop making these

incredibly forgettable movies about the same damn character.
incredibly forgettable movies about the same damn character.
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11:15PM on 06/15/2011
I'm on board with this. In my mind, especially after seeing FIRST CLASS and with DEADPOOL in the development stages, ORIGINS never happened. Which is a good thing! I know Jackman gave it his all but the whole production was executed poorly. I do hope they give some clear indication of Wolvie's past while at the same time forgetting about ORIGINS. LET'S GO MANGOLD! YOU'RE UP!
I'm on board with this. In my mind, especially after seeing FIRST CLASS and with DEADPOOL in the development stages, ORIGINS never happened. Which is a good thing! I know Jackman gave it his all but the whole production was executed poorly. I do hope they give some clear indication of Wolvie's past while at the same time forgetting about ORIGINS. LET'S GO MANGOLD! YOU'RE UP!
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11:12PM on 06/15/2011
Reboot or sequel, I think it will be somewhat stand-alone, and Mangold is a pretty good choice for director.
Reboot or sequel, I think it will be somewhat stand-alone, and Mangold is a pretty good choice for director.
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11:05PM on 06/15/2011
Please let this be a reboot.
Not a sequel to the first piece of shit.
Please let this be a reboot.
Not a sequel to the first piece of shit.
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10:58PM on 06/15/2011
3:10 to Yuma was underrated and raw at times... Knight and Day had it's moments and seemed to at least try to be different then other movies of that genre.. and Cop Land is overlooked but gritty and layered..

I'll support this decision.
3:10 to Yuma was underrated and raw at times... Knight and Day had it's moments and seemed to at least try to be different then other movies of that genre.. and Cop Land is overlooked but gritty and layered..

I'll support this decision.
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3:49AM on 06/16/2011
Well said - I completely agree with everything, especially Cop Land.
Well said - I completely agree with everything, especially Cop Land.