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Darren Aronofsky revealed the title of his upcoming Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. The film will be called “The Wolverine”, and won’t have a number tacked onto the end. Talking to HitFix, the “Black Swan” director said that the film will be a stand alone “one off”, and isn’t really a sequel to Gavin Hood’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” like everyone assumed it would be.
Comingsoon reports that
The script, written by Christopher McQuarrie, involves Logan beginning a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man. Since Logan won’t take “no” for an answer, it puts him into battle with her father and her samurai-sword-wielding brothers.
Rumor has it that the story is loosely based on the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller “Wolverine” comics from the early 80s, which this reports would seem to confirm. I hope so, since that is my favorite Wolverine story arc.
I like that Aronofsky’s film won’t be a straight up sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. One, because that movie sucked, a lot, and two, because in comics the writers and artists have license to create arcs that aren’t necessarily sequential, putting their own stamp on an already established commodity. The stories can jump around from time to time, and from place to place, exploring different parts of the character’s pasts and personalities, so why can’t films based on comics do the same thing? It makes a certain amount of sense that Aronofsky would take this approach. He’s never seemed like the kind of filmmaker who would jump into a sequel that picks up where someone else left off.
There is still no release date for “The Wolverine”.