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Eight possible directors have been shortlisted for The Wolverine

May. 25, 2011by:

A list consisting of eight directors has been put together for THE WOLVERINE.

Here's who the studio is considering:

-Jose Padilha

-Doug Liman

-Antoine Fuqua

-Mark Romanek

-Justin Lin

-Gavin OConnor

-James Mangold

-Gary Shore

Choices I can get behind: Liman, Romanek, Mangold, and perhaps Padilha. To me, the story is really going to be the heart of this film. Wolverine goes through such a journey not only physically but emotionally. He has always had fond memories of his time in Japan and I think with the right script and director this could be something really worthwhile.

But this shortlist tells me that they may not be so worried about the story at hand which is loosely adapted from Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's Wolverine series.

Extra Tidbit: Who would be your choice to direct?
Source: Variety

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8:23PM on 05/25/2011
I'd be keen for Romanek.
I'd be keen for Romanek.
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8:27PM on 05/25/2011

James Mangold

The man has shown he can handle both action and drama extremely well. Walk the Line was fantastic and Knight and Day was a blast.
The man has shown he can handle both action and drama extremely well. Walk the Line was fantastic and Knight and Day was a blast.
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8:30PM on 05/25/2011
Sorry but none of these names gives me any comfort. When Aranofsky was announced, I had that inkling that everything was going to be alright. I can see Justin Lin doing a great job with the action parts, Fuqua can also direct action. Romanek can bring the story to another level, but not so sure about his ability to direct action scenes. This is hard.
Sorry but none of these names gives me any comfort. When Aranofsky was announced, I had that inkling that everything was going to be alright. I can see Justin Lin doing a great job with the action parts, Fuqua can also direct action. Romanek can bring the story to another level, but not so sure about his ability to direct action scenes. This is hard.
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8:41PM on 05/25/2011
Mark Romanek seems like the best choice to me in terms of the plot/story. James Mangold seems like the best in terms of action. So I'd be OK with both, but probably not either, if that makes any sense. If I had to pick one though, I guess I'd go with Mangold.
Mark Romanek seems like the best choice to me in terms of the plot/story. James Mangold seems like the best in terms of action. So I'd be OK with both, but probably not either, if that makes any sense. If I had to pick one though, I guess I'd go with Mangold.
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9:10PM on 05/25/2011
Regardless of who they pick on that list, this movie will be a lesser film without Aranofsky.
Regardless of who they pick on that list, this movie will be a lesser film without Aranofsky.
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12:30AM on 05/26/2011
Who?
Who?
9:11PM on 05/25/2011
The moment Aranofsky pulled out of this movie, my level of anticipation for this movie sank right through the floor.
The moment Aranofsky pulled out of this movie, my level of anticipation for this movie sank right through the floor.
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9:12PM on 05/25/2011
It's like someone made a list of directors I'm totally indifferent about because they each have some good and bad films, and then added some names I don't recognize. In a perfect world, I'd get Alfonso Cuaron to replace Aronofsky.
It's like someone made a list of directors I'm totally indifferent about because they each have some good and bad films, and then added some names I don't recognize. In a perfect world, I'd get Alfonso Cuaron to replace Aronofsky.
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9:28PM on 05/25/2011

Stop wasting my time

After Aronofsky left, the only way THE WOLVERINE can be good is if Clint Eastwood directs.
After Aronofsky left, the only way THE WOLVERINE can be good is if Clint Eastwood directs.
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12:56AM on 05/26/2011
I almost wasted time writing a snappy retort. But I see your MFC profile has a THERE WILL BE BLOOD background. Snappy retort remitted.
I almost wasted time writing a snappy retort. But I see your MFC profile has a THERE WILL BE BLOOD background. Snappy retort remitted.
10:48PM on 05/25/2011
Nobody is wasting your time but yourself. Stop reading about this movie if you're not interested.
Nobody is wasting your time but yourself. Stop reading about this movie if you're not interested.
9:39PM on 05/25/2011

My choices?

Nicholas Winding Refn or Neil Marshall,
Nicholas Winding Refn or Neil Marshall,
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9:55PM on 05/25/2011
From that list, Romanek or Mangold.
From that list, Romanek or Mangold.
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9:58PM on 05/25/2011
No Japanese director?
No Japanese director?
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10:02PM on 05/25/2011

Jose Padilha!

Jose Padilha directed Elite Squad 2 which I've heard is really great, but it only played at Sundance. Just watching the trailer you can get a good sense of style though.

WATCH IT!
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Jose Padilha directed Elite Squad 2 which I've heard is really great, but it only played at Sundance. Just watching the trailer you can get a good sense of style though.

WATCH IT!
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10:30PM on 05/25/2011
I can get behind Liman or Mangold, but I was hoping for a higher profile director for this job.
I can get behind Liman or Mangold, but I was hoping for a higher profile director for this job.
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12:27AM on 05/26/2011
higher profile? Aronofsky wasn't high profile -- why would they suddenly decide to hire James Cameron? In fact a bunch of these director's are higher profile than Aronofsky
higher profile? Aronofsky wasn't high profile -- why would they suddenly decide to hire James Cameron? In fact a bunch of these director's are higher profile than Aronofsky
10:41PM on 05/25/2011
If the studio want a good movie, they should NOT choose Justin Lin.
If the studio want a good movie, they should NOT choose Justin Lin.
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10:49PM on 05/25/2011
Padilha would be a very intriguing choice.
Padilha would be a very intriguing choice.
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10:57PM on 05/25/2011

MOTHERF*CKER!!!

I don't know why I'm being such a negative Nancy today but this just breaks my heart. Sure these are very talented directors and I love their some of their works but Aronofsky would've made this into the beautiful and violent film it deserves to be. He was PERFECT and while I respect his decision not to film based on family issues its still a bummer. This story needs to be of the upmost importance and a high priority if it every gets off the ground. If I had to choose, my first choice would be
I don't know why I'm being such a negative Nancy today but this just breaks my heart. Sure these are very talented directors and I love their some of their works but Aronofsky would've made this into the beautiful and violent film it deserves to be. He was PERFECT and while I respect his decision not to film based on family issues its still a bummer. This story needs to be of the upmost importance and a high priority if it every gets off the ground. If I had to choose, my first choice would be Mangold and second would be Doug Liman. Sure Justin Lin proved his worth with Fast Five but I want a hardcore STORY-DRIVEN Wolverine movie dammit! Please, please, please let this movie do justice to the comic.
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11:15PM on 05/25/2011

Who should direct????

Aronofsky,Aronofsky,Aronofsky Aronofsky! No seriously, Aronofsky! I may come off sounding like an Aronofsky fan boy here but he was perfect. After Black Swan was such a hit he would have all total control over the movie. That means no dumb ass Fox executives telling him to add this dumb minor character or this dumb tie into the previous films. The Wolverine would have been Aronofsky's movie through and through. And it would have been badass.

All of the directors listed here are very capable
Aronofsky,Aronofsky,Aronofsky Aronofsky! No seriously, Aronofsky! I may come off sounding like an Aronofsky fan boy here but he was perfect. After Black Swan was such a hit he would have all total control over the movie. That means no dumb ass Fox executives telling him to add this dumb minor character or this dumb tie into the previous films. The Wolverine would have been Aronofsky's movie through and through. And it would have been badass.

All of the directors listed here are very capable and have made some decent movies. But they are no where near Aronofsky's level. Plus none of them have the kind of pull that Darren does. So here comes Fox again to add in unnecessary crap and the director has to let them do it. Gavin Hood is a decent director but he got manipulated and controlled by the studio resulting in the mess that is Xmen Origins: Wolverine.

I'm sure this is sounding like a rant but after X3 and Wolverine I was through with the xmen film franchise(my favorite out of the comic book movies). My hope is slightly restored with First Class because I trust Matthew Vaughn will deliver a good movie. But right now I'm worried for Wolverine.
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11:20PM on 05/25/2011
I really don't care because they have the perfect story, script (apparently), budget and star in place. It should be great with any competent director. Seriously.
I really don't care because they have the perfect story, script (apparently), budget and star in place. It should be great with any competent director. Seriously.
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11:26PM on 05/25/2011
Romanek would be cool, but he'd probably back out a month before cameras rolled. Liman is interesting. He's not mentioned (though he was prior to Aronofsky), but I'd prefer Tony Scott the most....
Romanek would be cool, but he'd probably back out a month before cameras rolled. Liman is interesting. He's not mentioned (though he was prior to Aronofsky), but I'd prefer Tony Scott the most....
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4:12PM on 05/26/2011
tony scott would be a good choice but he wouldnt put up with Fox breathing down his neck.
tony scott would be a good choice but he wouldnt put up with Fox breathing down his neck.
11:28PM on 05/25/2011
none of them...I still want Aronofsky. I was only excited about this movie when he was attached, now I dont care.
none of them...I still want Aronofsky. I was only excited about this movie when he was attached, now I dont care.
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12:26AM on 05/26/2011
well ya cared enough to click on the article and post a message now didn't ya?
well ya cared enough to click on the article and post a message now didn't ya?
11:29PM on 05/25/2011
This is a list of two types of directors. From this list, the director is either a studio puppet (Fuqua, Liman) or they're fairly new to the big studio production game and they'll be so intimidated by Fox's control over the picture that they will make whatever kind of movie Fox wants so they can make more money in the future. The only exception is James Mangold, but I'm not sure if he'd be the best choice anyway.
This is a list of two types of directors. From this list, the director is either a studio puppet (Fuqua, Liman) or they're fairly new to the big studio production game and they'll be so intimidated by Fox's control over the picture that they will make whatever kind of movie Fox wants so they can make more money in the future. The only exception is James Mangold, but I'm not sure if he'd be the best choice anyway.
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3:06AM on 05/26/2011
Very true. They would post likely hire Padilha (Elite Squad), coz given this would be his first Hollywood film, they could fuck him in the ass. Just John Woo on Hard Target.
Very true. They would post likely hire Padilha (Elite Squad), coz given this would be his first Hollywood film, they could fuck him in the ass. Just John Woo on Hard Target.
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11:58PM on 05/25/2011
It's not the same, there isnt that hype behind it anymore, they need someone to match the intensity that Darren brings to his films without ignoring the central story.
It's not the same, there isnt that hype behind it anymore, they need someone to match the intensity that Darren brings to his films without ignoring the central story.
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12:17AM on 05/26/2011

GARY SHORE

Watch this:

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The Cup of Tears (which is also being developed into a feature)
Watch this:

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The Cup of Tears (which is also being developed into a feature)
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12:24AM on 05/26/2011
it looks great, and his Wolverine 2 short (which is basically an audition for this movie) is great as well, but I just don't feel he has enough experience yet.
it looks great, and his Wolverine 2 short (which is basically an audition for this movie) is great as well, but I just don't feel he has enough experience yet.
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12:24AM on 05/26/2011

can't wait!

Jackman's got this one under control, my top pick would definitely be Mangold.

He's proven he can work wonders with a great script (Identity, Girl Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, etc.) and is also a great writer himself (Kate & Leopold, Cop Land, Heavy) the only thing that's left for him to prove is that he has a great eye for action.

Thankfully he's actually dipped his feet in the waters of action or movies with a good deal of action more than a few times, which is a definite
Jackman's got this one under control, my top pick would definitely be Mangold.

He's proven he can work wonders with a great script (Identity, Girl Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, etc.) and is also a great writer himself (Kate & Leopold, Cop Land, Heavy) the only thing that's left for him to prove is that he has a great eye for action.

Thankfully he's actually dipped his feet in the waters of action or movies with a good deal of action more than a few times, which is a definite plus. An even bigger plus is the fact that he's worked with Hugh Jackman in the past (Kate & Leopold) and brought some really cool things out of him--my vote goes to Mangold, hands down.

AS FOR DIRECTOR'S OTHER THAN THE ONES ON THIS LIST... my two big choices still stand to be Danny Boyle and Louis Letterier.
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12:26AM on 05/26/2011

ACTUALLY GARY SHORE

Has made this cool little trailer its called THE WOLVERINE VS THE HAND. look it up
Has made this cool little trailer its called THE WOLVERINE VS THE HAND. look it up
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1:49AM on 05/26/2011

!!

Me thinks they should throw a pile of money at Tarantino and have him direct. Or at least get someone on Aronofsky's level. Cause the guys on that list are not. Singer has no interest? How bout John McTeirnan. Out of that list. I hope Fuqua gets it.
Me thinks they should throw a pile of money at Tarantino and have him direct. Or at least get someone on Aronofsky's level. Cause the guys on that list are not. Singer has no interest? How bout John McTeirnan. Out of that list. I hope Fuqua gets it.
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2:45AM on 05/26/2011
Tarantino?!? Seriously?!? You want to wait ANOTHER 10 years for a script?
Tarantino?!? Seriously?!? You want to wait ANOTHER 10 years for a script?
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2:46AM on 05/26/2011
Doug Liman. Now that Duncan Jones is out of the lineup.
Doug Liman. Now that Duncan Jones is out of the lineup.
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3:03AM on 05/26/2011

Doesn't matter...

Justin Lin aside, its quite the wishlist. You could get Martin Scorcese to direct this for all I care. But once Fox interferes (like they always do), the talent and vision gets shoved up the director's ass.
Justin Lin aside, its quite the wishlist. You could get Martin Scorcese to direct this for all I care. But once Fox interferes (like they always do), the talent and vision gets shoved up the director's ass.
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4:02AM on 05/26/2011

Mangold!

Oh man, I would LOVE to see Mangold take this on. Walk The Line was awesome and 3:10 to Yuma was positively badass. Dude's been on my list of director's I've been wanting to hit it big for a while.
Oh man, I would LOVE to see Mangold take this on. Walk The Line was awesome and 3:10 to Yuma was positively badass. Dude's been on my list of director's I've been wanting to hit it big for a while.
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6:25AM on 05/26/2011

shortlist

have we ever seen a "short list" actually produce a final product?...it seems every "short list" is miles away from the direction the movies end up taking...
have we ever seen a "short list" actually produce a final product?...it seems every "short list" is miles away from the direction the movies end up taking...
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7:03AM on 05/26/2011

The State Of Directors

There really are not too many directors working today that I can get excited about. But Aronofsky was one of them. The list is a shortlist indeed.
There really are not too many directors working today that I can get excited about. But Aronofsky was one of them. The list is a shortlist indeed.
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9:13AM on 05/26/2011

Aronofsky made it interesting...

I say Jackman should direct it himself. Surely even FUX wouldn't wanna "interfere" with Wolverine himself too much?
I say Jackman should direct it himself. Surely even FUX wouldn't wanna "interfere" with Wolverine himself too much?
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9:16AM on 05/26/2011
Wait for Aronofsky.
Wait for Aronofsky.
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9:28AM on 05/26/2011
justin lin?
justin lin?
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9:43AM on 05/26/2011
If they could pull Romanek, that would incredible, but would it be a good fit? I vote for Mangold or Liman. They've done action and drama.
If they could pull Romanek, that would incredible, but would it be a good fit? I vote for Mangold or Liman. They've done action and drama.
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11:58AM on 05/26/2011

Are you all smoking PCP? Mark Romanek is the best name on that list by a country mile!


You'd rather have the director of JUMPER over the director of ONE HOUR PHOTO and NEVER LET ME GO?

I can see a clear logical progression from Darren Aronofsky to Mark Romanek, the others are just names on a list.

You'd rather have the director of JUMPER over the director of ONE HOUR PHOTO and NEVER LET ME GO?

I can see a clear logical progression from Darren Aronofsky to Mark Romanek, the others are just names on a list.
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1:19PM on 05/26/2011
Justin Lin
Justin Lin
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3:48PM on 05/26/2011

Duncan Jones?

Whatever happened to Duncan Jones? His name was the first I saw come up after Aronofsky departed. I was actually excited about him, I can't say the same about anyone on this list. Maybe Romanek. But Fuqua? Really? He's given us one good film-Training Day. That's it.
Whatever happened to Duncan Jones? His name was the first I saw come up after Aronofsky departed. I was actually excited about him, I can't say the same about anyone on this list. Maybe Romanek. But Fuqua? Really? He's given us one good film-Training Day. That's it.
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3:59PM on 05/26/2011
Not too bad of a list but I'd pick either Liman or Mangold cuz while Liman can do action,but he really can't tell a story & while Mangold can tell a story he proved with Knight & day he could actually direct action also & i actually enjoyed that film, very underrated. The only reason Justin Lin is on the list is cuz the plot takes place in japan, he would be too busy with the new Terminator & will probably end up doing the 6th Fast & furious film also.
Not too bad of a list but I'd pick either Liman or Mangold cuz while Liman can do action,but he really can't tell a story & while Mangold can tell a story he proved with Knight & day he could actually direct action also & i actually enjoyed that film, very underrated. The only reason Justin Lin is on the list is cuz the plot takes place in japan, he would be too busy with the new Terminator & will probably end up doing the 6th Fast & furious film also.
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8:04PM on 05/26/2011
Wait two more years and get Christopher Nolan
Wait two more years and get Christopher Nolan
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11:53AM on 05/27/2011

please

make it either mangold, romanek or fuqua. They will bring the grittiness which I felt was missing the first time around.
make it either mangold, romanek or fuqua. They will bring the grittiness which I felt was missing the first time around.
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