Darren Aronofsky To Direct 'Machine Man': Does This Affect His 'Wolverine 2' Plans?

Darren AronofskyConsidering the wide range of topics director Darren Aronofsky has covered in the past -- from drug addiction to the quest for eternal life to a washed-up wrestler's last shot at redemption -- it does seem a little bizarre that he's been attached to direct three very similarly themed projects in a short period of time.

First there was the "Robocop" reboot, which has since fallen through, then he became mostly attached to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2," and now TheWrap reports that Aronofsky will develop and direct a flick named "Machine Man" that sounds similar in plot to "Iron Man."

The film, based on the upcoming Max Barry book of the same title, follows a "gadget geek and engineer at a forward-thinking tech firm" who becomes obsessed with improving himself and starts to replace his body with high-end titanium performance upgrades of his own design. The plot also teases that there is someone else (an enemy, perhaps?) who has similar ideas for their own body.

Okay, so maybe it's a bit darker than "Iron Man" with a dash of "Inspector Gadget," but the similarities are still there. And we can't help but wonder what this means for him directing "Wolverine 2," though hopefully since that deal is so close to being signed it means that "Machine Man" will come after that.

Aronofsky's "Black Swan" is still is a month away from being released but is already generating serious Oscar buzz... which could explain why his dance card is filling up so quickly; he reportedly has several other films in the mix as well. He is supposed to be reteaming with his wife and "The Fountain" star Rachel Weisz for "Jackie," a film about Jackie O. after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and was allegedly in discussions with Angelina Jolie to adapt "Serena: A Novel" -- though who knows what she is or isn't doing nowadays. And then there was a tiny announcement about him making an indie heist thriller based on the 2006 robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England, which we haven't heard anything about since last year.

It ultimately seems pretty likely that Aronofsky will manage to juggle both "Wolverine 2" and "Machine Man" instead of choosing one over the other, but the similar themes (a man improved by technology, it's not too much of a stretch) make us hope that he chooses one of his other projects to film between "Wolverine" and "Machine Man." The concept sounds really interesting, and we know he could make it seem fresh, but we'd like to see this unique director keeping mixing things up a bit.

Does "Machine Man" sound intriguing to you? What's the next film you hope Aronofsky directs?