And as the hunt for a director began, the Twilight connection remained with reports that David Slade was one-time favourite for the project. The Time Traveller's Wife helmer Robert Schwentke was also apparently on Fox chief Tom Rothman's wish list, but ultimately Darren Aronofsky was signed for the project.
"[Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic," said Jackman at the time. "There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theatre, for sure."
"I've been trying to get Darren since X-Men 3, really," he told Entertainment Weekly. "We've been talking about this and Wolverine for so long.
"We had a meeting about three weeks ago, catching up as friends more than anything, and he just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up, because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame. Just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence, and creativity. I think he’s been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It’s really exciting."