You could almost hear the thousands of cries from fans of the beloved X-Men comics. Darren Aronofsky announced today that he will step down as director of The Wolverine. The Black Swan director cites the main reason for bowing out of the highly-anticipated project was because production would keep him out of the country a long period of time, and he did not want to be away from his family.
“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,” he added.
20th Century Fox and Hugh Jackman are hard at work to find a new director.
Fox stated: “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.”
This is terrible news for any fans of Wolverine. The signing of Aronofsky showed Fox and Hugh Jackman were serious about giving Wolverine’s origin the film it deserves, and the Pi director was a perfect fit considering his background in movies with “dark” themes. Fans were hoping this would be The Dark Knight of the Marvel universe, but alas…nothing gold can stay.