Aronofsky to direct Jackman in 'Wolverine' sequel
Tuesday 19 October 2010
Director Darren Aronofsky (
Black Swan) will direct
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, starring Hugh Jackman.
The sequel finds Wolverine training with a samurai warrior in Japan, where the film will be shot, according to Deadline Hollywood. The second installment is being written by The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.
Production begins in March after the awards season, so the director can promote his new film, Black Swan with Natalie Portman, in US theaters December 3. The Wolverine franchise, the first film of which made $373 million worldwide, is a departure for the independent-styled director.
In 2011, Jackman will star in Real Steel, about 2,000-pound robot boxers, directed by Shawn Levy ( Date Night, Night at the Museum) and due in theaters October 2011; Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Wayne Wang ( Joy Luck Club); and Butter, a farcical comedy with Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde.
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