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Aronofsky to direct WOLVERINE 2?


By Rob M. Worley     August 31, 2010
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Comics2Film: WOLVERINE and Darren Aronofsky
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Aronofsky to direct Wolverine 2? Plus: Rodriguez unlikely for Deadpool. One Fantastic Four rumor debunked. R.I.P.D. director close? More! Also known for the Flintstone flop, it's your Comics2Film 10.8.31!




FANTASTIC FOUR Rumor Doomed to Be Debunked

The first of the recent flurry of rumors surrounding 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four relaunch may have been shot down. Over the weekend claimed an offer had been extended to True Blood actor Stephen Moyer to play Doctor Doom in the movie.

However if an offer is out, as reported, the actor has yet to receive it. Or at least he's not admitting to it

MTV News chatted with Moyer at the Emmy Awards on Sunday who said, "I know nothing about it."

However, we do know actors like to play word games when in the early stages of negotiations, so it's possible that Moyer is just being evasive. He did admit that he'd "maybe" be interested in taking on such a role.

Until the cast of the new movie is actually filled, we'll be seeing a lot more such reports thrown against the wall.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Actress Diora Baird talks to Shock Till You Drop about playing an annoying vampire hunter in the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray release 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, the latest extension to the franchise based on Steve Niles' break-out comics.
  • Actor Stanley Tucci told MTV Splash Page that his character in the Captain America: The First Avenger movie is part mad scientist and part serious researcher. He also gushed about the director an his fellow cast members. He returns to the set of the film in October.
  • It's a comic book. It's a TV show. It's not a graphic novel but now the Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead shuffles on in prose form as well. The Isotope Comics website presents fans with a chance to check out the first ever prose short story, penned by Kirkman himself, from the franchise. It's part of the newly published anthology book The Living Dead 2. Click through to take a gander.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rodriguez Looking Iffy for DEADPOOL

In spite of strong mutual interest between 20th Century Fox and their chosen director, it appears unlikely that Robert Rodriguez will helm the much-anticipated Deadpool movie, according to a report by

Rodriguez told that he likes the script by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese  and Paul Wernick but the prohibiting factor right now is the schedule. Ryan Reynolds is attached to star in the film and has a small opening in his schedule to shoot the movie next year between other jobs (such as Green Lantern, R.I.P.D., Safe House and the probable Green Lantern 2). Rodriguez wants to do the movie but has the launch of Machete to contend with as well as a commitment to make Spy Kids 4 sooner rather than later.

"They are trying to make a certain small window that's going to be tough because of Spy Kids," Rodriguez told me. "If they push it back, it would be a lot better for me."

It's hard to imagine Fox delaying the film when Reynolds' star is white hot and interest in the Deadpool character is probably reaching its peak. Passing on this window would likely mean no production start until very late in 2011 or early in 2012. Our bet is Fox goes for another director.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Schwentke Closing in on R.I.P.D.?

The same article indicates that director Robert Schwentke is favoring the long-percolating R.I.P.D. adaptation as his next film after the comic-based RED.

Yep, this one is also meant to start Ryan Reynolds as a dead cop who finds himself enlisted in the Rest In Peace Department, which polices the world of the living for ghosts who have refused to pass on. It's comedy action in the vein of Men in Black and was created by Peter Lenkov for as a series published by Dark Horse Comics.

Schwentke's name has come up on this project before, but the Deadline piece suggests he's getting serious about it, having recently passed on directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Aronofsky the Latest WOLVERINE 2 Contender?

The biggest nugget from the article places Darren Aronofsky as one of two contenders to take the helm of X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. The other contender is one David Slade (of 30 Days of Night and Twilight Saga: Eclipse fame).

Aronofsky has reportedly been in conversations with Jackman, who he previously developed The Fountain with. Although he's not a bankable director for the studio to put on a big tentpole movie. Fox gambled on art-house director Gavin Hood for the first one and the results weren't so good. On the other hand if producer/star Jackman wants Aronofsky, he'll probably get him.

Deadline speculates that Slade is the more likely candidate given the blockbuster success of the Twilight movie.

What do you think, Maniacs? How do Slade and Aronofsky rate for your WOLVERINE needs? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrives in comic shops on September 9th! Come see him on September 1st at Wonderworld Comics in Taylor, MI where he's signing pre-release copies of the first issue of the new book!


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OmegaDean 8/31/2010 7:11:39 AM

Actually who cares who directs the next Wolverine movie.  The Script probably sicks balls.  There is no help for these movies as long as Fox has the rights.  The movies will probably make a goo gog of money just like the rest of the horrid X-Movies.  I just wish Marvel Studios could get the rights back and we could see a real X-Men universe unfold

Calibur454 8/31/2010 7:46:11 AM

Dont care about wolverine movie sorry but the first one was bad enough and I love the wolverine comic.

Sucks that RR is more than likely out of Deadpool. He has done good with comic book movies in the past and this one would have been no different. He would have aced this one too.

anything with the walkig dead I am game for October cant come fast enough


lracors 8/31/2010 9:37:37 AM

If David Slade directs it then maybe we will finally get to see Wolverine's teen age angst that was sorely missing from the first film.  Perhaps have a snow scene in the mountains of Japan with no breath because it's a stage set... have him look longly at Itsu and say, "I would die for you." oh sob... bring on David Slade.  We could have a three hanky Wolverine.

Hobbs 8/31/2010 10:01:43 AM

If Aronofsky directs Wolverine I'll have more hope for it.  Good thing Jackman and him have a friendship as the chances are better this way. 

monkeyfoot 8/31/2010 10:20:51 AM

I hope Aronofsky directs Wolverine 2. If the script is good, it will need a director with creative style and that special X-factor (pun intended). Gavin Hood just did a pedestrian job with a pedestrian script.

Wiseguy 8/31/2010 10:34:17 AM

30 Days of Night and Hard Candy are both pretty terrific IMO so I'm all for Slade to direct. Aronofski was excellent with Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler and even after that crappy The Fountain I'd be ok with him too but still leaning towards Slade. Maybe he'll insert some of that existentialism bullshit into Wolverine. I for one I'm looking forward to Wolverine even with Jackman in the lead. Maybe in the reboot they'll cast the part properly

So Rodriguez would rather make SpyKids than Deadpool? That is some bull, didn't he just make some crappy kids flick. Deadpool has Tarantino written all over it, maybe they can get him to co-write it or something then just get another director. I don't want to wait on RR anyway, the bus is leaving and he either gets on or not

I don't like Moyer as Doom, I don't like Moyer period so I hope that rumor is false anyway. I would prefer someone more imposing and a deeper voice which would then be even more imposing and have an even deeper voice as DOOM. Maybe some Russian or Slav with that accent since that's the way I would picture Doom.

krathwardroid 8/31/2010 12:28:25 PM

They can debunk that Fantastic Four rumor as much as they like. I have no problem not seeing Doctor Doom in a new movie. I'd rather see Mole Man, if anything. 

With all the clashing schedules lately, I'm also betting that Fox will seek out a different director for Deadpool. A shame, really. I was hoping Robert Rodriguez would get to helm this one. Anybody read X-Men Origins: Deadpool, by any chance? It was funny. I recommend picking it up. 

Hmm, I think Darren Aronofsky directing Wolverine 2 might be interesting. I did like The Fountain. But then, David Slade pulled off the action bit better in 30 Days of Night, so I wouldn't mind seeing him direct the sequel, either. 

lancedenier 8/31/2010 12:30:12 PM

I liked Deadpool better when he was called Deathstroke.

ponyboy76 8/31/2010 1:06:56 PM

I like Darren Aronofsky but I think Slade would also do a great job. Wolverine in Japan is a very character driven story with a lot of self reflective moments which Darren would be really good at. Slade's direction would make for some really intense and probably bloody fight scenes. My question is, I wonder if they will utilize The Hand in this movie? I mean they should but since they were used so terribly in Electra, I just wonder.

From what I read, it sounded like Rodriguez doesn't really have a choice about doing the Spy Kids movie. He probably made a commitment to the studio to do another one at a certain point in time and now that has come up. I think he'd rather do Deadpool.

violator14 8/31/2010 1:11:04 PM

U know what Robert Rodriguez......suck my dick u stupid ass MF!!!! Ur an idiot for passing up Deadpool for SPY KIDS!!??? SSSTTTUUUUUUPPPPPIIIDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm personally gonna go to theaters to stop people from watching Spy Kids 4.

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