The follow-up to Gavin Hood's 2009 disaster X-Men Origins: Wolverine has hit yet another setback. First director Darren Aronofsky left the project (much to my dismay). He was replaced by James Mangold, and while Mangold is no Aronofksy (few are), the director behind 3:10 to Yuma and Identity might not be a bad choice. Plus, he helmed Kate & Leopold, so he has an established working relationship with Hugh Jackman.
Now there seems to be trouble in the screenwriting department, as screenwriter Mark Bomback has been called upon for rewrite duties on what is presumably Christopher McQuarrie's screenplay. Bomback is no stranger to action, having written Unstoppable and Live Free or Die Hard. However, neither films boasted very strong characters, which is something that a Wolverine film desperately needs.
As a comic fan, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a trainwreck. I'd like to say that after being so disappointed in that film, that I don't have very high hopes for The Wolverine, but that isn't the case. The intial involvement of Darren Aronofsky and the decision to base the film off the work of Chris Claremont made me realize the potential of a truly good Wolverine film, which elevated my excitement. Unfortunately, that excitement seems to be waning.
Here's hoping that someday, and someday soon, we get a Wolverine film worthy of the character.