James Mangold will direct the comic book movie for 20th Century Fox
After moving from superheroes (“Green Lantern”) to replicants (“Blade Runner 2”), Michael Green is returning to comic book movie territory to write “Wolverine” for 20th Century Fox, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Green recently worked with Fox, as he was brought on to revise Jack Paglen‘s script for Scott’s sci-fi sequel “Prometheus 2.” He was also one of four writers credited on Ryan Reynolds‘ “Green Lantern” movie, and wrote the “Blade Runner” sequel with original writer Hampton Fancher, based on an idea by Fancher and producer Ridley Scott. Denis Villeneuve will direct the film, which will star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
Mangold had planned to next direct Christian Bale as Travis McGee in Fox’s “The Deep Blue Goodbye,” but Bale recently tore his ACL and the film has been delayed. Mangold is now able to focus on “Wolverine,” which is slated to hit theaters on March 3, 2017.
Green, who got his start writing for “Smallville” and “Heroes,” previously wrote “Green Lantern” and a draft of “The Flash” for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, as well as WB’s epic Moses movie “Gods and Kings.” He’s represented by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.