Just a few weeks after insiders reported that eight directors were on 20th Century Fox's candidate list to potentially direct The Wolverine, Deadline is reporting that search may have been narrowed down to one. The online trade reports that insiders suggest James Mangold seems to be the man to beat with the helmer currently sitting atop the list to take down this next adventure of the Marvel superhero.
As you Maniacs know, the search was put in place after original helmer Darren Aronofsky bowed out earlier this year, reportedly because he didn't want to spend so much time away from his family with a shoot scheduled to take place primarily in Japan. At least, that was the reason given by Darren in his press statement.
With the director exiting the project, it opened the door for Fox executives to find a suitable replacement so they wouldn't find their project in too deep a turnaround. Late last month, it was reported that Jose Padilha, Doug Liman, Antoine Fuqua, Mark Romanek, Justin Lin, Gavin O'Connor, James Mangold and Gary Shore were all in contention to tackle the next installment starring Hugh Jackman.
And now it seems they've found their man in James Mangold. His previous credits include Cop Land, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma and Knight and Day.
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