Earlier this month, reports emerged linking David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") and Robert Schwentke ("Red") as potential directors of "Wolverine 2." And it now appears that another director has been added to the mix.
According to Deadline, Darren Aronofsky has emerged as one of the finalists to helm the "Wolverine" sequel. In addition to previously working with "Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman on "The Fountain," Aronofsky has also directed several acclaimed films including "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream" and "The Wrestler."
However, the report also states that Slade may hold the edge because "he is coming off a big summer movie with large-scale effects, which makes the studio comfortable."
The report adds that Jackman recently met with Slade on the set of his Dreamworks film "Real Steel." Jackman had also been set to meet with Schwentke, but he has apparently removed himself from consideration in favor of potentially directing Robert Ludlum's "The Osterman Weekend" or "RIPD," which is slated to star Ryan Reynolds.
Speaking of Reynolds, the report also indicates that despite the fact that Robert Rodriguez is favored to direct "Deadpool" and reportedly likes the script; a scheduling conflict between his promotional obligations for "Machete" and the ramp up towards his next "Spy Kids" sequel may make his participation unlikely.
"They are trying to make a certain small window that's going to be tough because of Spy Kids," Rodriguez told Deadlne. "If they push it back, it would be a lot better for me."
At the beginning of August, negotiations between Rodriguez and Fox for "Deadpool" were reportedly getting serious. Although Reynolds recently reaffirmed his commitment to the project, Deadline notes that his recently signed deal to appear opposite Denzel Washington in "Safe House" will be filmed early next year in the time period that Fox had hoped to begin shooting "Deadpool."
What are your thoughts on the final contenders for "Wolverine 2"? Should Aronofsky or Slade direct the film? And should Fox push back "Deadpool" to ensure that both Reynolds and Rodriguez can participate? Break the fourth wall and let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!