James Mangold close to signing to direct The Wolverine

Knight And Day director in negotiations

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Knight And Day director James Mangold is in final negotiations to direct The Wolverine.

He’s long been on 20th Century Fox’s list of potential directors, with fan favourite Darren Aronofsky having departed the sequel earlier this year.

Now Variety reports that Mangold is all but on board, with just the specifics of his contract to be ironed out.

Though Mangold’s Tom Cruise vehicle Knight And Day wasn’t exactly the greatest film of last year, Fox clearly caught his previous, more polished tension-crankers Identity and 3:10 To Yuma.

Hopefully the 3:10 Mangold will turn up on set, not the one who (valiantly) tried to resurrect Cruise's post-sofa-hopping career.

Mangold will reportedly work from the same script that Aronofsky would have, which has been penned by Christopher McQuarrie.

If the director’s deal is confirmed soon, expect production to kick off this autumn.

Is Mangold golden? Or would you rather Doug Liman took the gig? Talk to us below...


    • KingofSpain

      Jun 16th 2011, 10:06

      Behave, I thought Knight and Day was a barrel of good fun. Much better than most comic book, reboots, sequels doing the rounds.

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    • jimmer83

      Jun 16th 2011, 11:15

      shame, i was holding my breath for someone exciting like Duncan Jones... now it feels like it's going to move in more of a 'by the book' direction. there was an intense buzz about this one when Aranofsky was involved. He was a bold choice but I reckon he would've led the comic book film into a gratifying new territory, like Nolan with Batman.

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 16th 2011, 20:26

      Horrible choice, they should have hired Duncan Jones.

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