The Wolverine Finally Gets A Director

James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line,” “Cop Land,” “Identity”) has emerged as the top choice of both 20th Century Fox and Hugh Jackman to direct “The Wolverine” says the trades, effectively ending one of the more drawn out searches we’ve ever reported on regarding a director.

Negotiations are about to get underway with Mangold to take the job which “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky departed from in March. Mangold ultimately beat out Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) and Antoine Fuqua (“Brooklyn’s Finest”) for the gig. Shooting aims to kick off this Fall.

Christopher McQuarrie penned the script which is set predominantly in Japan. Jackman previously worked with Mangold on “Kate and Leopold” while the helmer directed last year’s Fox summer tentpole “Knight and Day”.