Showing a remarkable amount of diplomacy, director Mark Romanek has confirmed, as reported a few weeks back, that he was a contender for Fox's already-troubled "The Wolverine" but that he has long since turned down the opportunity. Speaking about the Marvel sequel, he tells DigitalSpy, "That's just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn't seem like my kind of thing." Given that Romanek is a picky and sometimes prickly director, one who famously bailed on his only other big studio assignment merely weeks before shooting ("The Wolfman"), it's not a huge surprise.
Romanek, who last directed the failed pilot for "Locke And Key" (not to mention one of 2010's best movies, "Never Let Me Go"), has no projects lined up, but he was generous towards the project, particularly the Christopher McQuarrie script. In a possibly backhanded compliment, he says, "That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about." We're not thrilled of the prospect of Romanek needing a superhero movie to "legitimize" himself, but given that there are no projects on the horizon, we're mostly hungry for more Romanek. Meanwhile, "The Wolverine" remains without a director, the many names passing on the film suggests that "The Wolverine" may not attack until 2013 at the earliest. Our wishlist for "Wolverine" directors remains online, for the record.
In other "Fox can't get their shit together" news, "Deadpool" somehow remains in active development. Star Ryan Reynolds never misses a chance to talk up the film, featuring the handsome actor as the Merc With A Mouth. Doing press for "Green Lantern with the New Orleans Examiner," Reynolds says that Fox is still hot on making the film, but that it would be made on a smaller budget in order to preserve... the integrity... of the chara- sorry, couldn't type that with a straight face.
In regards to first-time director Tim Miller, Reynolds says, "I love Tim. Tim is someone who we all vetted through and through. He's a guy who captures the spirit of it, and he's also an incredible visual artist." Clouding the issue as to whether Miller is either qualified, or just wants the job a lot, he continues, "He was also the first guy we met who came up with a huge presentation for it. That was something I hope to be able to show you at some point." But Reynolds isn't fooling anyone when he confirms, "Also, Tim came cheap, which helped as well." The script we read was an R-rated affair with lots of rough language, kinky sex and extreme violence, and it looks like that will be preserved. "In order to do this movie the way we want to do it is pretty nasty, and pretty hard. You can't exactly have a $200 million budget when you want to do a movie like this." Yes, this totally sounds like a movie the studio wants to make.