Who Should Direct ‘The Wolverine’ Now? Here Are Five Suggestions…

Now that Darren Aronofsky is no longer directing “The Wolverine,” the field is wide open for another filmmaker interested in tackling Logan’s second solo adventure.

Way back in September 2010, before Aronofsky was confirmed for the gig, we suggested five directors we thought would be good for the project (he was one of them). In the months that since, we’ve learned more about the film and, well… let’s just say it’s time to revise our list.

After much debate around Splash Page HQ, we’ve come up with a list of five filmmakers we’d like to see behind the camera when Wolverine heads to Japan.

DAVID SLADE: Last week, I spent a whole column explaining why Aronofsky and Slade should switch movies, with Slade directing “The Wolverine” and Aronofsky filming the recently announced “Daredevil” pseudo-sequel. We named the “30 Days of Night” and “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” director as one of our favorites for “The Wolverine” back in September 2010, and he’s the only holdover from that list that we still feel confident recommending. He’s got the chops for dark stories with intense action, and that’s exactly what this particular Wolverine tale needs.

DAVID FINCHER: This one’s an easy pick, as he’s another auteur whose signature style could offer a fresh, intriguing take on the genre and some critical cred — specifically when it comes to this chapter of Logan’s history. In many ways, Fincher seems a little better suited for “The Wolverine” than Aronofsky, as he already has a healthy dose of action on his resume, and brings much of the same character-driven sensibility to his films.

JOE WRIGHT: If you think that “Pride and Prejudice” and “Atonement” director Joe Wright is a strange choice for “The Wolverine,” just wait until you’ve seen “Hanna.” Wright’s first foray into action filmmaking is a breathless barrage of expertly crafted violence built on his familiar foundation of a strong story and stronger characters. It’s a landmark movie for Wright, one that proves his ability to tackle all the blood, guts and heart that come with the “Wolverine” territory.
[Editor’s Note: Josh Wigler wrote this one, because he insisted on Joe Wright and I haven’t seen any of his films. -RM]

GUILLERMO DEL TORO: If the studio decides that the best way to counter the sting of Aronofsky’s departure is by bringing in a well-known, fan-friendly director who’s comfortable with big-budget, effects-heavy projects, “Hellboy” filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro might be just the ticket. Now that he’s not handling “The Hobbit,” Del Toro could have just the right amount of room in his schedule before work on “Pacific Rim” begins — and honestly, folks, who wouldn’t want to see him behind the camera for a wild, vicious, and bloody romp with the ol’ canucklehead?

FRANK MILLER: Okay, so here’s a modest proposal: why not have the man responsible for scripting the source material for the film get behind the camera for the adaptation of the aforementioned comic book arc? Sure, his solo directorial debut with “The Spirit” wasn’t exactly loved by fans, but the veteran writer has likely learned a lot from that experience — lessons he could put to good use adapting a story he knows better than anyone else. There’s no denying that Miller’s relative inexperience would make this a big gamble for the studio, but it’s the sort of gamble that could pay off in the best possible way if things fall together correctly.

Who do you think should direct “The Wolverine” — one of our picks or someone else entirely? Let us know in the comment section or on Twitter! You can also follow me, Splash Page editor Rick Marshall, on Twitter!