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Mangold Tops WOLVERINE Shortlist

James Mangold likely to be offered The Wolverine.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 16, 2011
Source: Deadline

Director James Mangold on the set of the remake 3:10 to Yuma(2007).
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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.

Thoughts? Sound off below!



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Wiseguy 6/16/2011 7:28:05 AM

I'm happy with the choice. He has a decent track record which shows he's capable. Now we just have to hope he has the proper vision and love for the character, fingers crossed

spiderhero 6/16/2011 7:32:58 AM

I'm with Wiseguy. This guy can do action, drama & humor. Sounds good to me.

MrGarabaldi 6/16/2011 7:47:28 AM

As much as I like Jackman, it will never be right untill a stumpy, hariy bad ass is Wolverine, and not a skinny, lean one.  IMHO.

isgrimner 6/16/2011 7:49:51 AM

Haven't seen Knight and Day, but the other three movies were fine. 

InnerSanctum 6/16/2011 7:57:16 AM

  Knight and Day was terrible (might I add was TERRIBLE.)  However, his other three films were good.  3:10 being my favorite.  

Jackman did a good turn as Wolvie in X2.  His BEST work as the character  *SPOILER* lasted only a couple of minutes XFC.  

lusiphur 6/16/2011 7:57:22 AM

Doesn't he play center for the New York Jets?  Oh, wait.  That's Nick Mangold.  Sorry.

I've seen 3:10 to Yuma and Knight & Day.  Both very different films, of which I thought both were very good.  He should be a good choice.  Now give him a good script to work with and it should be better.

shac2846 6/16/2011 8:09:44 AM

 Mangold is a great director. Did not see this coming. Didn't even think of him as a contender for a comic movie. Awesome news. Hopefully he gets the gig.

I think Knight and Day was a way for him to make some Hollywood money to pass on to the kids. Just my two cents. His other films are great and that one seemed out of nowhere.

violator14 6/16/2011 8:36:22 AM

I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed Knight and Day actually. It was pretty funny, with absurd yet entertaining actions. It wasn't meant to be taken too seriously as a movie. I think it's worth redboxing if you havent seen it. But ya, this director is solid for Wolverine!!

aegrant 6/16/2011 8:54:39 AM

I'm cool with this - all those movies were fair to good.

And InnerSactum don't you mean a couple of seconds.

InnerSanctum 6/16/2011 9:11:45 AM

 aegrant:  I savored that scene for more than two seconds.  : )

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