Fox Eyeing Slade & Schwentke to Direct ‘Wolverine’ Sequel

Hugh Jackman will reportedly make the final decision after meeting with both filmmakers next week

David Slade ("Twilight: Eclipse") and Robert Schwentke (the upcoming Bruce Willis movie "Red") are the front-runners to direct 20th Century Fox's "Wolverine" sequel, reports Vulture.

Fox is still talking to other filmmakers but top execs have reportedly approved Slade and Schwentke to potentially take over one of the studio's most important franchises, though Jackman will ultimately make the final decision after meeting with both directors next week.

Slade is said to have the inside track on the coveted gig, which should come as no surprise considering he's already directed a hugely profitable blockbuster sequel for Summit.

Oscar winner Chris McQuarrie's script picks up where the original spin-off left off — with Wolverine still living in Japan, where he begins a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose ring finger has been promised to another man.

The fact that this unofficial logline feels like "Twilight" with mutants instead of vampires and werewolves suggests that Slade will likely wind up in the director's chair, though Schwentke's "Red" has been earning strong buzz, so you never know.

Anyways, Logan winds up fighting his lady friend's furious father and her samurai-sword-wielding brothers, who don't stand a chance against the clawed one unless Hattori Hanzo crafted those swords himself.

Seriously though, it sounds like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World if the titular Canadian was made from adamantium … and that's alright with me.

Slade previously directed "Hard Candy" and "30 Days of Night," while Schwentke previously directed "Flightplan" and "The Time Traveler's Wife."