Darren Aronofsky Reveals Title For His Wolverine Movie, Also That It Is Not A Sequel


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”.



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  • Vineland

    Reassuring to hear!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Glad to hear it’s not a DIRECT sequel, but the title doesn’t do it for me. “Wolverine: Gaijin” woulda worked better or something. Something about the Japanese setting in the title would sound better than “The Wolverine”

    • Brent

      “The Wolverine” just sounds generic.

    • ULIK

      That’s sounds good!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Thanks. I try. I didn’t want to get too derivative or cliche. And the whole gaijin thing is a big part of the story.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool
  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Glad to hear it’s not a DIRECT sequel, but the title doesn’t do it for me. “Wolverine: Gaijin” woulda worked better or something. Something about the Japanese setting in the title would sound better than “The Wolverine”

  • OK Records

    I was hoping for the title X-Men Origins II: Wolverine II: The Sequal. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

    • Brent

      Maybe the next one can be a sequel to both, so it would be something like “X-Men Origins 2: Wolverine 3: The Wolverine 2: The Revenge.”

  • ULIK

    “Wolverine;Blades of Rage,Swords of Honor, “Wolverine;Eye of The Dragon”, “Wolverine;Land Of The Rising Sun”, “The Wolverine;Heart of The Warrior”, or something better geez.

  • ULIK

    “Wolverine;Blades of Rage,Swords of Honor, “Wolverine;Eye of The Dragon”, “Wolverine;Land Of The Rising Sun”, “The Wolverine;Heart of The Warrior”, or something better geez.

  • http://www.sendmoney101.com Susan

    This is the only story that i care to see really, jackman has never been a convincing Wolverine/ Logan in my book, my only wonder is who will play his love interest

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I say go with Maggie Q, or even Michelle Yeoh (who STILL looks good for her age). If not them then Li Bing Bing (Forbidden Kingdom), or Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha), or Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Rush Hour 2).

    • ULIK

      @Susan While I wouldn’t say he’s terrible, I would have to agree with you.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        I can’t really think of anyone else in the role. When I try to even imagine Dougray Scott (who was cast before Jackman) that doesn’t even work. I think he’s done an admirable job in the role. I mean yeah he’s not Wolverine from the comics, but this ain’t the comics. He’s still got the essence of the character.