Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky won't get to try his hand at directing a big superhero movie after all. Fox announced that the auteur is leaving the Wolverine movie.
So we may never get to see the mind behind Pi and The Wrestler get his Christopher Nolan on. What happened?
Twentieth Century Fox has issued this press released from the director and the studio:
Darren Aronofsky: "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."
Fox: "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 that certainly throws a wrench in the plans for an excellent rebooted Wolverine film. We wish Aronofsky would reconsider, but what-are-ya-gonna-do? Hopefully these are the actual reasons, because we all remember what happened on the set of Wolverine Origins, when the studio execs repainted the entire set behind director Gavin Hood's back, insisting he shoot a more "family-friendly" Wolverine.