Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the director's gig for the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is now between Darren Aronosfky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and the upcoming Black Swan) and David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). It was supposed to be between Slade and Red director Robert Schwentke but Schwentke dropped out of contention for other directorial gigs. So apparently it's now between Aronosfky and Slade for the director's spot. I was originally vying for Slade, as a big fan of Hard Candy, but now that Aronosfky is a contender he's automatically my favorite to direct. Apparently Aronosfky has been considered because of his professional relationship with Hugh Jackman, who worked with Aronosfky on The Fountain, and Jackman allegedly has serious clout over who gets the director's gig. However, according to that article, Slade has some leverage because he just directed the studio film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. While at this point I'll be happy with whomever gets selected -- and I'm just thrilled we have two directors in contention that are of superb caliber and extremely talented -- I really hope Aronosfky gets the job. He's one of my favorite directors and I think he would do wonders with this film. Something tells me Slade will get it but I can hope, right? Thoughts?