The countdown to Darren Aronofsky directing Wolverine 2 can officially begin. One obstacle that was in the film’s way was the Warner Bros production Tales From the Gangster Squad. Aronofsky was being heavily courted for the project after the studio decided to hire Zack Snyder to direct the Superman reboot Man of Steel, which Aronofsky was also in the running for. According to Deadline, he’s opted against directing Gangster Squad, which leaves the door wide open for Wolvie.

It’s no secret that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was visual cancer that placed the scarlet letter on the franchise. Fans are hoping that 20th Century Fox can get it right and hire someone who can restore the hero to his former glory. The studio is offering him $5 million against 5% of gross, which will be a nice pay day if the film’s a hit like its predecessors.

Fox sees Wolverine 2 as the project that can move Aronofsky from low budget, modest grossing films to blockbuster tentpoles, much like Christopher Nolan and Bryan Singer. Their trust in him is only compounded by the positive buzz he’s received from critics regarding his latest work, Black Swan. The thriller opened this year’s Venice Film Festival and has Oscar written all over it.

Can we get this man to sign on the dotted line already?

What do you think of Aronofsky turning down Tales From the Gangster Squad? Should he direct Wolverine?