Duncan Jones and David Slade Considered For The Wolverine

With Darren Aronofsky no longer directing two viable candidates are among those mentioned as a potential replacement. According to Deadline, those candidates are David Slade and Duncan Jones.

Slade is no stranger to comic books and graphic novel adaptations, having helmed 30 Days of Night and recently being tapped as the director for the reboot/pseudo-sequel to Daredevil. And he was first rumored to take the reigns of the Wolverine sequel as far back as last August.

Jones, meanwhile, is a bit of a wild card. His first film, Moon, was a critical success, and the just-released Source Code looks to be more of the same. And before Zack Snyder got the job for Superman: Man of Steel, Jones was once rumored to be in contention for that directing gig as well.

Recently Jones, knowing full well of fans’ interest in wanting him be the new director, had some fun on Twitter last month when he wrote: ” Wearing my fav Japanese wolverine T-Shirt today just to mess with people. 😉 …and the answer is no.”

But the thing to realize is there’s no rush to have the film ready by next summer. Hugh Jackman is currently considering to star as the huntsman in Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron have already been cast as Snow White and the Evil Queen. Plus with the recent earthquakes in Japan, which was to have been the primary shooting location for The Wolverine, it’s more practical to postpone production for a few months.

As for 20th Century Fox, the studio already has Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (6/8), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (6/22), and a fourth Ice Age movie (7/13) in its release slate for Summer 2012.

So what do you think? Should either Duncan Jonesor David Slade be the one to step in and fill the void left by Darren Aronofsky’s departure? Would 20th Century Fox be better off postponing the production and have it ready for Summer 2013 instead? Let us know.

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