Darren Aronofsky, director of the upcoming comic book adaptation “The Wolverine”, has signed a two-year deal with Fox Filmed Entertainment. Aronofsky and Fox already have a well-established relationship. Fox Searchlight produced and is distributing his “Black Swan” (which hits theaters December 3rd), and also distributed Aronofsky’s acclaimed “The Wrestler” in 2008.
“The Wolverine”, written by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Hugh Jackman (playing the eponymous character for the fifth time), will be Aronofsky’s first film under this new agreement. Production is scheduled to begin in April.
“Darren’s vision has brought audiences some of the most original and memorable stories and characters in recent motion picture history,” said Fox Searchlight heads, Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. “We at Fox witnessed this first hand with his work on “The Wrestler”, and “Black Swan”, and now, on “The Wolverine”, which will be an exciting take on that iconic figure and on the genre itself. We can’t wait to see what else Darren has in store for us.”
Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures will develop and produce films for both Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Searchlight. So, for the time being at least, Aronofsky has a home at Fox. I think we’re all curious to see how his unique style of filmmaking and his intensity mesh with a long established comic book character. It should be fun.