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It’s no secret that The Wolverine has had quite a bit of trouble getting off the ground since Darren Aronofsky’s departure in March. But at long last, this project seems to be making some progress. Both Jackman and Fox have decided that James Mangold should occupy the director’s seat for "Wolverine." He’ll soon enter negotiations to take over the project.
Deadline Hollywood relays that the list of eight directors had recently been shortened to just Mangold, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), and Gavin O’Connor (Warrior); Mark Romanek took himself out of contention for the gig this past week.
Mangold helmed the Western remake 3:10 to Yuma, the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, and most recently, last summer's action comedy Knight and Day. With that in mind, he’s definitely an interesting choice for an action-oriented project like The Wolverine. With the sleek and sexy "Knight" falling well short of praise, it would seem the grittier and more dramatic the "Wolverine" script is, the better a fit Mangold would be.
Does James Mangold have the chops to take over The Wolverine?