Darren Aronofsky Leaves The Wolverine
03.17.11 by Ryan
20th Century Fox's search for a director for stand alone, non-sequel comic book movie The Wolverine took several months, with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky finally winning the job. Hugh Jackman recently admitted to being "pumped" about the project, which was based on the 1982 comic book mini-series by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller and adapted by Christopher McQuarrie, but likely won't be as pleased to find out that Aronofsky has left the movie.
THR reports that the director wasn't ready to commit to The Wolverine's long, overseas shoot in Japan. In a joint statement with Fox, Aronofsky admitted he didn't want to be away from his family for that long.
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.
While Fox had yet to give The Wolverine the official green light, likely because they were trying to find a way to make the movie with Aronofsky, the studio has no plans to abandon the project.
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.
The original comic book follows Wolverine as he goes to Japan to confront a long lost love and becomes embroiled in a confrontation with a ninja clan called the Hand.
Currently, The Wolverine has no release date (or a director).