Ever since Darren Aronofsky dropped out of The Wolverine two months ago, the comic fandom has been wondering when 20th Century Fox would find a replacement and who it would be. Or whether the production would even move forward anytime soon. Well, let's step through doors number one and two, with Variety reporting a short list of candidates that are reportedly in the running to lead the action adventure.
Those list include Jose Padilha, Doug Liman, Antoine Fuqua, Mark Romanek, Justin Lin, Gavin O'Connor, James Mangold and Gary Shore. All of the helmers have some action experience and while Gary Shore has the least of the above group---being a commercial director---the folks over at Bleeding Cool have pointed out that Shore could be on the list after making a short/spec pitch called Wolverine vs. the Hand. Check it out in the video player below.
Liman's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" grossed more than $470 million worldwide in 2005, while Lin's "Fast Five" has been Universal's most successful pic since "Despicable Me." Mangold recently directed for Fox the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer "Knight and Day," which earned more than $260 million globally, and also helmed "3:10 to Yuma."
Fuqua comes from more of an action background, having directed WB's "Training Day," "King Arthur" for Jerry Bruckheimer and "Tears of the Sun." Lionsgate will release O'Connor's "Warrior" later this year; helmer also directed 2008's "Pride and Glory," starring Colin Farrell and Edward Norton.
Padilha directed "Elite Squad 1" and "Elite Squad 2" and is also attached to helm MGM's "Robocop" reboot.
Christopher McQuarrie penned "The Wolverine," which largely takes part in Japan. Aronofsky's departure from the film came shortly after a tsunami devastated the country, although his exit was not attributed to the disaster. Moving forward, however, most sources connected with the film say the floods and earthquakes at least complicated plans to shoot the pic, which currently has no release date.
Watch Gary Shore's short video down below and see why he's on the list of candidates to lead The Wolverine.