The next installment of the Wolverine film franchise has a title and it’s short, sweet, and to the point. It’s called, simply, The Wolverine.
In an interview with HitFix, director Darren Aronofsky not only announced the title, but said that it would be a “one-off” film. In other words, the movie will stand alone, without a number, not connected to the other movie(s) in any way. Basically, Aronofsky is giving a big ol’ “screw you guys!” to anyone who’s ever made an X-Men movie.
Beyond the title news, some story details have also emerged. According to ComingSoon, the script, written by Christopher McQuarrie, takes place in Japan. Logan (the real name for our adamantium-boned hero) begins a relationship with a Japanese woman who is, unfortunately, engaged. Being the unreasonable son-of-a-gun that Wolverine is, he won’t take “no” for an answer, resulting in a battle with her father and samurai-sword-wielding brothers. McQuarrie based the script on the 1982 four-issue mini-series, written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
These are all exciting details. We already know that Hugh Jackman is pumped about the film (he’s already beefing up for the role by eating piles of chicken breasts and broccoli), but it’s really good to hear some actual talk from Aronofsky, not just rumors. With his latest film, Black Swan, already being touted as one of the year’s best, I have confidence that the Brooklyn born auteur will give us the Wolverine that we’ve always wanted: dark, layered, and tormented. Giddy-up.