By Jessica Kiang | The Playlist October 18, 2010 at 4:54AM
As you know, Darren Aronofsky all but officially has the "Wolverine 2" directing gig. We would've never guessed in a million years that this would happen (and we even tried to talk the filmmaker out of it). In a weekend Deadline article that also mentioned updates on "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies," it was reported that Aronofsky is so close to taking on the gig that talks have already turned to where the production will shoot.
To accommodate Aronofksy (who lives in New York) and Hugh Jackman's families, the sound stage portions of the film will be shot in the Big Apple. A March 2011 start date is being eyed which will allow the filmmaker plenty of time to be available for awards season press for his critically acclaimed psychodrama, "Black Swan" (The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on February 27). And to make any script tweaks if necessary. After the New York sequences are completed, the production will move to Japan to shoot the bulk of the film. The Christopher McQuarrie-penned script is based off the classic 1982 "Wolverine" mini-series created by Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller that sets Logan in Japan, on a mission of the heart, if he can survive the ninja-clan the Hand first.
"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was easily one of the worst films of 2009, so while it would be impossible to be much worse, Aronofsky will have his work cut out for him if he wants to completely overhaul the tone of the previous film. And we hope a "complete overhaul" is exactly what he has in mind. -- Edward Davis