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Darren Aronofsky edges closer to “Wolverine” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Are you ready for a Wolverine adventure from the minds that brought you the brooding, brilliant “The Fountain?”

(Um, I am. “The Fountain” is a masterpiece. But I digress.)

Word on the street is that “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky is inching ever closer to his paycheck film, “Wolverine 2.” Of course, we’re all secretly hoping that Aronofsky will not simply crank out an easy, superficial “event” movie, and that the incredibly gifted storyteller will attempt to elevate the material to the heights of Bryan Singer’s two “X-Men” movies or, perish the thought, Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” films. Aronofsky’s certainly capable. Now it looks like he’s going to get his chance.

According to Deadline, the director is “in the throes of landing a healthy payday” for taking over the sequel for Fox, and will earn “in the vicinity of $5 million against 5% of gross” for agreeing to direct. Of course, “Wolverine 2” will reunite Aronofsky with his “Fountain” star, Hugh Jackman, who reportedly is bulking up for the role in anticipation of a 2011 shoot.

I, for one, am as excited to see an Aronofsky “Wolverine” as I am to see a Zack Snyder “Superman.” Is it different than anything Aronofsky has attempted in the past? Absolutely! But who wants a filmmaker like that to grow stale?

As a result of this supposed decision, Deadline also reports that Aronofsky has passed on the period crime drama “Gangster Squad,” making him the second filmmaker in the past few days (after Ben Affleck) to reportedly turn the material down.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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