Darren Aronofsky Passes On 'Gangster Squad,' Closer To 'Wolverine' Deal?

Darren AronofskyAfter losing "Superman" to director Zack Snyder, Darren Aronofsky is clawing his way closer and closer to the director's chair for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2."

According to Deadline, Aronofsky has passed on the opportunity to direct "Tales From the Gangster Squad," the Warner Bros. crime thriller about an LAPD task force in the 1940s. The report notes that Aronofsky is nearing a deal on "Wolverine 2," with some sticking points remaining as the filmmaker irons out an arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

If Aronofsky winds up in the director's chair on "Wolverine 2," he'll reunite with leading man Hugh Jackman for the first time since "The Fountain" in 2006.

Word broke last week that Aronofsky was close to reaching a deal on "Wolverine 2," putting him ahead of previously rumored contenders such as "Eclipse" director David Slade and "Red" director Robert Schwentke. At one point, Bryan Singer himself was considered a possible candidate to direct the "Wolverine" sequel, but his likelihood diminished after surrendering the director's chair on "X-Men: First Class" to Matthew Vaughn.

Despite things looking good, Aronofsky has remained evasive on the matter. Even when MTV's Josh Horowitz spotted Aronofsky taking a meeting with Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman at last month's Toronto International Film Festival, the filmmaker was quite coy on the subject.

"I don't know what you're talking about," he told MTV. "There are a lot of projects out there and I haven't really focused on anything yet."

If Aronofsky accepts an offer to direct the "Wolverine" sequel, it's almost certain that he won't direct "Preacher" as has been rumored in the past. For now, all we can do is wait and see what Aronofsky decides to do.

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