Okay, now we know the title of Darren Aronofsky’s Wolverine movie. That news was broken by Drew at HitFix on November 14:
The film that he’s directing is officially called “The Wolverine,” and there won’t be a number attached to it. In our interview, he referred to the movie as a “one-off,” and he emphasized that the film isn’t a sequel in any conventional sense. - From HitFix.com
The next question is- “What’s the story?” Will the film be based on a specific story arc in the nearly forty year comic book history of Wolverine? Speculation is pointing to the classic Chris Claremont / Frank Miller tale from 1982 in which Logan travels to Japan to win back the woman he loves while battling her samurai sword-wielding family. Claremont, the writer of that 4 issue arc, recently talked to Brendon Connelly at Bleeding Cool and had some interesting things to say about the origin of that comic and the film, The Wolverine. In the quote below, I like how Claremont believes the film should be judged on its own merits as a story and not how closely it follows the comic book storyline:
The Wolverine in the film adaptation of the story exists in a different world than the Logan in the story, but that’s the same in any adaptation like the difference between Romeo & Juliet done by Baz Luhrmann versus Franco Zefirrelli versus on the stage. You mentioned that the film starts with him in jail so something happened between Wolverine 1 and Wolverine 2, he’s in jail, but the essence of the character is the same. There’s no X-Men back story to it so you know this won’t end with him sending a note back to the mansion saying “Come to the wedding”.
The responsibility of the filmmakers is to define their own reality in that two hour stretch. The reality is what occurs in that 110 minutes. The idea with any film is you walk in the door never having seen anything before and you’re introduced to the totality of the experience. – From BleedingCool.com