Doug Liman added to The Wolverine directors shortlist

Justin Lin also in the running

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A shortlist of directors who are currently favourite to take on comic-book sequel The Wolverine has surfaced online.

Among them are the expected ‘trending’ names like Justin Lin (who’s been attached to Terminator 5 and Fast & Furious 6 as well as a handful of other projects) and the RoboCop reboot’s Jose Padilha.

Other names include James Mangold, Antoine Fuqua, Gavin O'Connor, Mark Romanek, Gary Shore and Doug Liman.

The latter is a particularly interesting addition – though his sci-fi Jumper is almost universally derided, he’s deftly handled gritty action with The Bourne Identity and Fair Game.

Whoever lands the gig, they’ll be working from a script by Christopher McQuarrie, which whisks Wolvie off to Japan.

One thing’s for sure – the director who eventually takes on The Wolverine will have a lot to live up to in the wake of Darren Aronofsky’s upsetting departure from the film.

Who do you fancy for the director's chair on The Wolverine? Drop us your suggestions below...


    • KingofSpain

      May 26th 2011, 10:47

      These guys couldn't be further removed from Aronofsky. It's gonna be rubbish

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    • ScottFree

      May 26th 2011, 11:02

      oh boy.....they gonna f**k up another franchise...!

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    • Hadouken76

      May 26th 2011, 12:21

      Jeez why not give it to Beige Ratner or Len Journeyman for all the good itl do...I would like to see Neill Blomkamp or even John Woo have a go ( dont laugh, Red Cliff was mighty)

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    • elgar7

      May 26th 2011, 14:31

      Doug Liman? c**p. So first he hacks up the Jumper series and now this!? =/

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    • garysimps

      May 27th 2011, 12:22

      it's like the directors merry go round-someone drops off a project and then the same names are repeated until one signbs up and the rest stay on the merry go round waiting for the same to happen. can we not have a bit more "creative thinking". shall we just hire joel schumacher and be done with it? what about marc foster, or neil marshall or joe carnahan?

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    • Ali1748

      May 27th 2011, 19:49

      Horrible choices, Duncan Jones is the man for this.

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    • themarkson

      May 27th 2011, 19:51

      I loved 'Jumper' Have I failed as a film enthusiast.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      May 27th 2011, 23:06

      Wow, that is a seriously uninspiring shortlist. I guess Liman is the best bet there; I know he has a couple of stinkers on his resume (Jumper and limp True Lies rip-off Mr & Mrs Smith), but he did make the marvellous Go and Swingers, so I'll cut him some slack. I'd much rather they just let Christopher McQuarrie direct it himself to be honest, though. Way Of The Gun was great.

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