Looks like Hugh Jackman better keep on packing those calories for his role as the popular X-Man Wolverine, because after months of speculation following the abrupt departure of Darren Aronofsky as The Wolverine's director, Fox has finally chosen the man to bring the franchise back on track.
According to Deadline, James Mangold has been chosen by both 20th Century Fox and star Hugh Jackman to direct the X-Men spinoff film, with negotiations soon to get underway for Mangold to take the job left vacant by Aronofsky back in March.
Mangold's the guy who directed the merely OK Knight and Day, which starred Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, but he also directed the great 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, as well as the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.
The director apparently beat out Warrior director Gavin O'Connor and Brooklyn's Finest and King Arthur helmer Antoine Fuqua for the job.
There's no word as to when exactly production will resume on The Wolverine, but with a new director now found, we hope it'll be shortly.
As you guys know, The Wolverine (which is still really not a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine but a standalone film) will see Logan finally embarking on his Japan adventure. This is THE Wolverine story we're looking forward to seeing, and we hope Fox will be able to re-create the same magic it brought back to the X-Men franchise with the just-released X-Men: First Class.
So—what do you guys think of James Mangold directing The Wolverine? Do you think it's a good choice?