Filmmaking today, in terms of the business side of things, is a totally different landscape than what IÂ dreamed of when I first decided I wanted to be a filmmaker.Â I don't envy any director with a strong personal vision who also has to play the studio game.Â There are choices, life or death career decisions, that filmmakers have to face these days that have little to do with their own tastes or interests.
The best possible scenario, of course, is when a filmmaker manages to make a big studio movie that fits into their tentpole schedule that also somehow scratches a personal itch.Â For example, let's look at Darren Aronofsky, currently enjoying some of the best reviews of his career for the amazing "Black Swan."Â In the past, he's been attached to at least two different Frank Miller adaptations ("Ronin"Â and "Batman:Â Year One") and he's spent time trying to make one of the great samurai stories ("Lone Wolf and Cub") as well as an adaptation of a famous anime ("Perfect Blue").Â Considering one of the most famous of the Wolverine/Japan storylines was created in part by Frank Miller and that it played heavily on samurai movie iconography, it would seem to me that a Darren Aronofsky film starring "Fountain" lead Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Japan would not be too far outside the realm of the expected.Â And with Christopher McQuarrie writing it?Â That starts to become downright appealing.
There's just that little matter of the oh-my-god terrible "Wolverine:Â X-Men Origins."
It would be one thing, perception-wise, if Aronofsky was asked to just make a stand-alone "Wolverine"Â movie away from the "X-Men"Â franchise, but having to follow up that wretched Gavin Hood film (and, no, IÂ don't blame Hood, who seemed to be eaten alive by that process) would be a depressing prospect, no matter how many good ideas you have for a story.