Hollywood film-maker Brett Ratner is reportedly close to signing a deal to direct the X-Men spin-off Wolverine, after impressing producers with his work on upcoming second sequel X-MEN: THE LAST STAND. The Rush Hour director is keen for Hugh Jackman to reprise his brooding superhero for the project, and LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS actor Vinnie Jones is also in contention to repeat his forthcoming JUGGERNAUT role. Jones tells MTV, "(Brett) was saying that they'll probably use a lot of the characters. Hopefully (the Wolverine/Juggernaut rivalry) will come into it."