No, we’re not joking. We’re as stunned as you are. The extremely talented director of many an insightful, emotionally shocking film is turning his eye to the angriest clawed mammal in existence.
Aronofsky’s got an incredible filmography. Not only did he direct Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, but also The Wrestler, the film that re-ignited the career of fallen star Mickey Rourke. Currently doing the film-festival rounds with his latest, the emotional ballet thriller Black Swan, he’s currently in talks about turning his eye on the Marvel X-Men film franchise, and more specifically, the story to follow the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Having worked with Hugh Jackman once before on The Fountain, he’s already in with a significant advantage, as he’s used to working with the lead. He seems keen enough to make a superhero film, as he had previously opted for the new Superman film, now being helmed (as we reported yesterday) by Zack Snyder, instead.
However, he’s not without competition. The sequel is also being gunned for by David Slade, director of the recent Twilight film Eclipse, and previously 30 Days of Night. Aronofsky is also being considered for the Preacher film, which could see the Garth Ennis masterpiece comic hitting cinemas sooner than we think. Either way, it’s going to be a fantastic year for big-budget comic book films.