[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]
There's a very good chance that director Darren Aronofsky on 'The Wolverine' would have delivered one of the best comic book movies of all time -- a transcendent piece of pop entertainment; Marvel's 'Dark Knight,' if you will. But, yeah, that ain't happening. Aronofsky has moved on to other projects, citing the lengthy on-location shooting schedule as his reason for leaving. Some have speculated if he ever intended on directing it in the first place (see also, the 'Robocop' remake).
Fox is going to make another Wolverine film, but who's right for the director's chair? I'd imagine that Aronofsky had a remarkably singular take on the character; he's not exactly an interchangeable cog in the work-for-hire machine. My guess is that Fox will likely find someone who is more of a work-for-hire type, and not an auteur. The tricky part is finding someone who's enough of a name to gain back some measure of confidence from wary movie-goers who felt that 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' was a sloppy mess of a blockbuster (and it is).
So, who's right for 'The Wolverine?'