Since Darren Aronofsky departed the comic book sequel earlier this year, 20th Century Fox's The Wolverine has been without a director. Now, Variety claims to know the studio short list for directing candidates. The current options are said to be:
Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, the upcoming RoboCop reboot, the just-announced Tri-Border.)
Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity)
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Brooklyn's Finest)
Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go)
Justin Lin (Fast Five, Better Luck Tomorrow)
Gavin O'Connor (Miracle, Pride and Glory)
James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma)
Gary Shore (primarily television commercials)
"We need to find another director and once we've found that, we'll be able to know," Jackman said, "It's too early to call on Japan, I'm not sure where they're at, so now we're finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we're moving ahead full steam to find another director."
Too bad Darren Aronofsky took off.
Out of that list, I think Justin Lin or Doug Liman would be good as the new director.