‘Wolverine 2′ Targeting March Shoots In New York, Darren Aronofsky Closer To Directing?

“Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky’s attachment to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2” remains likely but uncertain, and until an official announcement is made, Aronofsky Alerts remain in full effect on the “Wolverine” front. And according to the latest alert, the director isn’t just inching closer to a deal — he’s closer to a start date and a shooting location as well.

Deadline reports that Aronofsky’s deal with 20th Century Fox is “close enough that discussion has turned to shooting the sound stage portions of the film in New York so the filmmaker and Hugh Jackman don’t have to inconvenience their families.”

When New York filming is complete, the production would head to Japan to shoot the rest of the sequel, reportedly based on the “Wolverine” comics created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.

Additionally, Fox is eyeing a March start date for the “Wolverine” sequel. The studio’s intention is to leave Aronofsky’s schedule clear enough “to open ’Black Swan’ and be available for the inevitable award season obligations.” Indeed, Aronofsky’s latest film has already generated award buzz, with lead actress Natalie Portman considered a virtual lock for an Academy Award nomination.

With shooting dates and locations reportedly lining up all in an effort to accommodate Aronofsky’s schedule, it seems that it’s just a matter of time before the director officially digs his claws into the “X-Men” franchise. In the meantime, keep it locked into Splash Page for the latest Aronofsky Alerts as they’re made available.

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