Darren Aronofsky departs from ‘The Wolverine’

On the heels of his recent awards season success with Black Swan, Academy Award nominated director Darren Aronofsky has resigned from his post behind the lens of The Wolverine.

In a statement released today by Fox, Aronofsky said the following about his departure:

“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.”

Not too broken up about the decision, Fox retorted with the following:

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.”

Now the pressure is on and the following questions need to be raised. Who will replace Aronofsky? Most importantly, is this movie even worth doing without his involvement? Personally, the first Wolverine was a joke and having Aronofsky behind the lens of the sequel was a major selling point for a lot of people. Now- not so much.

The Wolverine is set to start filming this summer, so word on a new director should be announced within the coming months.



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