With X-Men: First Class getting good marks for Fox, we were destined to get some fast action again on The Wolverine, and here it is: Deadline reports that James Mangold will direct the film. Mangold has a pretty diverse list of gigs on his directing resume, including Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted, 3:10 to Yuma, and the recent Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz action/comedy Knight and Day.
James Mangold is 20th Century Fox's and star Hugh Jackman's choice to direct The Wolverine, ending one of the most competitive contests among directors for a major studio film. Negotiations are about to get underway, but I'm told that Mangold will take the helming job on the sequel to the X-Men spinoff film, a post that became vacant when Darren Aronofsky dropped out of the film in March. I'd heard that Mangold was on a very short list coming into this week, along with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor and Brooklyn's Finest helmer Antoine Fuqua.