Well, it had to happen: Darren Aronofsky is out of the director’s chair for the new Wolverine movie. There’s an old saying in Hollywood that you’d all be smart to start living by: Not even adamantium claws can separate Darren Aronofsky and his family. The majority of the film, starring Hugh Jackman, was to be shot overseas, and the actor had always stated that that would be something of a dealbreaker for him:
“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,” Aronofsky said in a joint statement with Fox.
“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 continued.
Aw man! It’s undeniable that Aronofsky’s involvement gave the film instant cred it wouldn’t have had otherwise, but it looks like that’s not on the table anymore. Perhaps he and Jackman can collaborate again on The Fountain 2: Metaphysical Time And Space Boogaloo. (Hollywood Reporter)