Slade made his directing debut with 2005’s Hard Candy and has since gone on to direct 30 Days of Night and, just this past summer, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Aronofsky, meanwhile, has not directed a film the size of Wolverine, but worked with Jackman previously on The Fountain. His next film, Black Swan, sees release this December through Fox Searchlight.
Wolverine 2, said to revolve around Logan’s samurai training in Japan, is moving forward with a script from Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) and Hugh Jackman is rumored to make it his next project once filming is complete on Real Steel.
Deadline also reports that the Wolverine spinoff Deadpool is continuing its search for a director, but that Robert Rodriguez remains the top contender. Scheduling, particularly in the case of likely star Ryan Reynolds, remains the film’s biggest obstacle.