Darren Aronofsky Signs 'The Wolverine' Deal, Makes Two-Year Commitment To Fox

The WolverineAs if it wasn't already officially official, now it is officially official: 20th Century Fox has confirmed that Darren Aronofsky is directing "The Wolverine," the second solo movie starring Hugh Jackman as the claw-popping Canadian mutant.

If you're wondering why it took so long for Fox to confirm Aronofsky's involvement in the Marvel Comics adaptation, it appears that there's a perfectly good explanation.

According to a press release, Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures production company have agreed to a two-year overall deal with the studio, which sees Protozoa developing and producing films for 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Aronofsky's first priority, of course, is directing "The Wolverine," which heads into production in April next year.

"We're excited Darren is going to bring his unique vision to 'The Wolverine,'" said Emma Watts, president of production for 20th Century Fox, in a statement, "and we take great satisfaction that Fox, irrespective of the size of his films, continues to provide a home for his extraordinary talent."

“Darren’s vision has brought audiences some of the most original and memorable stories and characters in recent motion picture history,” added Fox Searchlight heads Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. “We at Fox witnessed this first hand with his work on 'The Wrestler,' and 'Black Swan,' and now, on 'The Wolverine,' which will be an exciting take on that iconic figure and on the genre itself. We can’t wait to see what else Darren has in store for us.”

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