Some shocking news out of Hollywood today: Darren Aronofsky has abruptly bowed out of his directing duties for Fox’s upcoming The Wolverine. The Hollywood Reporter does what it does best, writing that the in-demand Black Swan director has left the project because it would have kept him out of the country for too long. That stings.
“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,” he said in a statement. “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.”
For their part, Fox is “disappointed” but “understands and respects” Aronofsky’s decision. Of course they do. After the twin successes of The Wrestler and Black Swan, Aronofsky is Fox’s golden boy, and he has the potential to become for that company what Christopher Nolan is for Warner Brothers: a blockbuster director with brains. The question now is, what will Aronofsky do next? We know it will be big-budget, but will it be his retelling of Noah’s Ark, his adaptation of the graphic novel Machine Man, or something new entirely? Stay tuned!