August 21, 2010 04:11:42 GMT
Beside Slade, the man behind 'The Time Traveler's Wife' Robert Schwentke is also said as the frontrunner to direct the 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' sequel.
As "Wolverine 2" is expected to start shooting in early 2011, 20th Century Fox begins filling the empty slots. New York Magazine's Vulture gets information that the studio has got two contenders, David Slade and Robert Schwentke, as the possible director for the movie.
Insiders reveal to the site that both filmmakers have been approved by the studio's bosses. And though Hugh Jackman who is among board of producers will make the final decision after meeting with Slade and Schwentke next week, a well-placed source inside the production insists, "It's going to be Slade."
David Slade, who began his career making music videos, recently directed "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" after making "30 Days of Night". Robert Schwentke, in the meantime, is best known for his work in films "Tattoo" and "Flightplan". The German filmmaker also directs such actors as Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren in forthcoming action film "Red".
"Wolverine 2" is said to be set in Japan where "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" ends. Hugh Jackman will be seen reprising his role as Logan but it is not clear whether or not Liev Schreiber will return as Sabretooth. Christopher McQuarrie is hired to pen the script.