Tough loss for Twentieth Century Fox. The guy really has vision.
It has just been announced that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has withdrawn from The Wolverine. Even though the flick, which is a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has been getting ready to start production and Darren has reportedly been taking meetings with star Hugh Jackman, both Darren and the studio made it official that he would not be acting as director for the movie.
Both Darren and Fox released statements on the decision. Darren explained in his:
"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."
To that, Twentieth Century Fox added:
“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, at least this sounds like an amicable decision. No drama. No hard feelings. Just straight business.
Sad news, though. We were looking forward to seeing what Darren would bring to the franchise.
So, any thoughts on who might replace him? Suggestions?
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