Earlier this week we reported that Hugh Jackman had dropped out of the upcoming film Avon Man (which he’ll also produce) to begin training for Wolverine 2. The film should begin production pretty soon but it still doesn’t have a director. The first installment of the X-Men Origins series was directed Gavin Hood, but he won’t be returning for the sequel. Instead, Fox has their eye on a new guy, David Slade.

According to Vulture, Slade is the first choice to helm Wolverine 2. He previously directed this summer’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and prior to that 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy. But he’s not the only one who has the studio’s attention. Another contender who’s running a close second with Slade is Robert Schwentke who helmed The Time Traveler’s Wife and Flightplan. Both of them have been given the stamp of approval by the powers that be so it’s just a matter of who they want more.

The screenplay for Wolverine 2 is being written by Christopher McQuarrie and will center on the Japanese samurai story from the comics. It will follow Logan as he engages in “a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man.” He doesn’t take no for an answer and ends up battling her “furious father and samurai-sword-wielding brothers.”

The Silver Samurai will probably be one of the main villains in this film. You can’t have Wolverine in Japan and not touch on the Samuari story. People would be highly pissed, even more than they were with the treatment of the characters in the first movie (Gambit, Deadpool).

Who do you think should direct Wolverine 2?