James Mangold to replace Darren Aronofsky as “The Wolverine” director

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: The news broke today—Twentieth Century Fox has finally chosen a new director for its upcoming project, “The Wolverine”. James Mangold (“Walk the Line”, “Knight and Day”) will helm the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The studio had been on the hunt since original pick Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”, “The Wrestler”) dropped out of the project in March.

Said Aronofsky upon his departure, “It became clear that the production of “The Wolverine” would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again.”

Also considered for the director role were Gavin O’Connor (“Miracle”, “Comfortably Numb”), Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”, “Brooklyn’s Finest”) and Doug Liman (“Jumper”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

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