Mark Romanek Won’t Direct ‘The Wolverine’

Last month, it was reported that the list of potential directors for “The Wolverine” was down to eight names. Now it looks like that list is one name shorter.

Speaking to Digital Spy, “Never Let Me go” director Mark Romanek said he won’t be behind the camera when Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the clawed Canadian mutant.

“That’s just one of those stories that floated around,” he said of the May report that put him on “The Wolverine” short list. “I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing.”

Romanek was quick to add that it wasn’t the quality of the script that prompted him to pass on the gig — quite the contrary, in fact.

“That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about,” he said.

With Romanek’s departure the rumored short list of directors is down to Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”), Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity “), Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), Justin Lin (“Fast Five”), Gavin O’Connor (“Miracle”), James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma”), and commercial director Gary Shore (who directed the short film “Wolverine Vs. The Hand“).

It’s worth noting that several of those filmmakers have also been recently attached to new projects, which could cross them off the list for “The Wolverine,” too. Fuqua is reportedly in talks to direct Eminem in the boxing drama “Southpaw,” while Liman is attached to an as-yet-untitled science-fiction film that he’s writing, directing, and producing.

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