So who’s directing Wolverine 2?

Hugh Jackman is set to return to the world of X-Men in Wolverine 2. And we might now know who’s set to be calling the shots on it…

With all the attention in the world of X-Men shifting towards Matthew Vaughn’s First Class movie at the moment, things have gone a little quiet on Wolverine 2. The film, which was reported a while back as being due to shoot in January, is to be set in Japan, and will pick up from where the muted X-Men Origins: Wolverine left off.

That first Wolverine film was a muddled beast, one that, sadly, managed to suck much of the life out of a terrific character. And there were plenty of murmurings at the time – not confirmed, we might add – that it wasn’t a happy production.

So, what’s the deal with the sequel? Well, it’s notable that the director of the first Wolverine film, Gavin Hood, hasn’t been mentioned as a possibility for the sequel. And instead, Vulture is reporting that there are two candidates in mind.

The first is David Slade, off the back of this summer’s Twilight: Eclipse, as well as 30 Days Of Night and Hard Candy. And the other helmer in the frame is Robert Schwentke. He’s just finished up directing Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren in Red, and he also has The Time Traveler’s Wife and Flightplan on his resume.

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Furthermore, Vulture reports that Slade is the likely choice. Both, according to the site, have been given the thumbs-up by Fox, and a meeting is due in the next week or two to rubber-stamp the decision. “[Hugh] Jackman will ultimately be the one to make the call,” it reports.

Wolverine 2 is, if it’s still holding to the original schedule, set to line up in the summer of 2012, where it’s going to be up against new Star Trek, Spider-Man and Batman movies. No pressure there, then…