What?! Darren Aronofsky is No Longer Set to Direct 'The Wolverine'
After hearing the official news that Darren Aronofsky was going to direct the comic book sequel The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman, my excitement couldn't have been higher. And hearing the Black Swan director talk about his interest in the project was enough to make me forget that X-Men Origins: Wolverine even happened. However, it sounds like some personal issues will prevent the brilliant filmmaker from taking on the studio tentpole as Deadline reports Aronofsky has backed out of directing the film due to his divorce from actress Rachel Weisz, the custody of their son, and the long shooting schedule in Japan.
The good news is that there doesn't seem to be any bad blood between Aronofsky and the studio (which is great since he has a new two-year production deal with Fox), but the bad news is Aronofsky isn't directing the sequel. The director issued this statement:
"As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of ‘The Wolverine’ would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won't be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again."
The studio was equally disappointed but understanding of the issues at hand saying:
While we are of course disappointed that Darren can’t do ‘The Wolverine’, we also understand and respect his reasons. Having done both ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Black Swan’ with Darren, we know he is an extraordinary talent and we look forward to working with him on other projects in the future. Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making ‘The Wolverine’. We will regroup and move forward aggressively.”
Well, there's nothing else to say except that this just plain blows. Having an artistic and brilliant director like Aronofsky aboard a big comic book film like The Wolverine just had me drooling. Take this incident combined with his falling away from that RoboCop remake (which now has a different director), maybe this is a sign that Aronofsky should never do a big studio movie. Either way, Fox has to find a new director. David Slade (Twilight Eclipse, Hard Candy) was once rumored to direct the sequel, but now that he's taking on a Daredevil reboot, I doubt Fox will snag him for the job. So who do you think should direct The Wolverine now?