UPDATE: Don’t dress just yet for the Darren Aronofsky-directed Wolverine 2. There is outside competition for his next slot, including the Will Beall-scripted period crime story Gangster Squad at Warner Bros.
EARLIER: I’m told that 20th Century Fox has begun talks with Darren Aronofsky for X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. Deadline revealed back on August 31st that Aronofsky and David Slade were the chief competitors for the job. Aronofsky and Hugh Jackman already have a close relationship after they made The Fountain, and Aronofsky recently met with Fox chief Tom Rothman seeking the kind of creative control he’s accustomed to. There was a lull in the talks when Aronofsky briefly flirted with directing Superman, but that job went to Zack Snyder. Meanwhile, Darren has developed some serious heat off festival showings of Black Swan. I’m not sure if he’s going to do Wolverine 2, but it’s his job if he wants it — and they are talking.
Despite the feeling that the first Wolverine was far from perfect, there is excitement about the next installment because of the script turned in by Oscar-winning Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie. Jackman has been quoted as calling it the best script he’s seen in the whole X-Men series.