Darren Aronofsky Now in Contention to Direct Wolverine Sequel

Whenever Darren Aronofsky’s name gets dropped into the same article as some big-budget Hollywood tentpole film, it always makes my jaw drop. This is, after all, the guy who broke through with the low-budget “Pi”, folllowed that up with the completely out-of-mainstream “Requiem for a Dream”, before blowing away minds in “The Fountain”. His most mainstream film to date is probably “The Wrestler”, but come on, that was barely mainstream.

Then came news that Darren Aronofsky (left) was interested in directing the reboot of “Robocop”, and for all intents and purposes, that seemed like it was going to actually happen — before it didn’t.

And now … Darren Aronofsky is one of two directors Fox is considering to direct their huge “Wolverine” sequel with Hugh Jackman?

That’s exactly the case, according to Deadline, who says that the job is now a competition between Aronofsky and “30 Days of Night” director David Slade, though the site says Slade currently has the edge. Then again, Aronofsky has worked with Jackman before in “The Fountain”, and Jackman has a huge say on who gets the job. “Red” director Robert Schwentke, meanwhile, has taken his name out of the running, leaving the slate cleared for Slade — that is, until Aronofsky’s name popped up.

The thing is, I’d be happy with whoever gets the gig. Slade could make a really, really gritty, filthy, and bloody “Wolverine” movie, and with Aronosfky, man, who knows what we’d end up there? Sound exciting to you? It does to me. Alas, that uncertainty with Aronofsky may be why the studio will probably go with Slade. He’s already proven he can do work-for-hire if the money is right (ala “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”), so it’s not like he couldn’t hack it.

Meanwhile, in the same article, Warner Bros. is still trying to wrap up a deal with “Battle: Los Angeles” director Jonathan Liebesman to direct the “Clash of the Titans” sequel for them, while Fox still wants Robert Rodriguez to do “Deadpool”, though it’s looking unlikely given Rodriguez’s recent commitments, including the upcoming sure-thing sequel to “Spy Kids”.

'Dammit, can I get a director alright? Arrrrrgh.'