Darren Aronofsky shocked the world when he signed on to direct Fox's upcoming Wolverine sequel. Then, he proceeded to thoroughly un-shock it when he dropped out for various personal reasons, and not, as I like to assume, because Fox was unable to provide the number of fancy neck scarves clearly outlined in his directorial contract. So for weeks, we've waited with casual interest to see what out-of-left-field pick Fox would choose as a replacement director, with everyone from Duncan Jones to Antoine Fuqua finding their names tossed around in the mix.
That is not necessarily to deride the talents of Mangold, who has made some pretty great movies in Cop Land and 3:10 to Yuma (though, to be fair, he also made Kate & Leopold and Knight and Day...yeesh). But considering the pedigree of some of the other directors being talked about, the Mangold pick seems...incredibly safe? I guess? I dunno. I think I'm just left with a feeling of "Oh, okay..." on this whole thing.
At the very least, people continue to talk a whole bunch of yang about how good Christopher McQuarrie's script is for this thing, so here's hoping Mangold can bring back the bad ass in Wolverine. Presuming, of course, that he'll actually stick with the project long enough to bring it to fruition. I guess it's not like he has anything else going on, right?