20th Century Fox has finally found a director for the second stand alone Wolverine film in James Mangold.
Mangold will replace Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky who left the project earlier this year citing ‘personal reasons’.
James Mangold was the man behind the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. He has also directed Russell Crowe and Christian Bale in the Western remake 3:10 to Yuma.
The X-men spinoff, tentatively titled The Wolverine, is rumoured to be based on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller comic that sees lead character Logan/Wolverine take a trip to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.
The script will be written by Christopher McQuarrie, the screenwriter behind The Usual Suspects.
Names as varied as Duncan Jones, Doug Liman and Mark Romanek were all at one point linked to the project before Fox decided on Mangold. Fox were the company behind Mangold‘s last project Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as the mutant with an adamantium skeleton in the film. The actor is greatly in demand at present, being linked to the lead role in the latest big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables. Fox are hoping that The Wolverine will begin shooting in Autumn.