Well that didn’t take long. Just a few months after signing on to direct a Wolverine sequel for 20th Century Fox, director Darren Aronofsky has now left the project. This is becoming a bit of a trend for him, although his departure does not appear to be a result of creative differences or a bad relationship with Fox. He simply was not ready to commit the amount of time required to shoot a massive tentpole movie like this away from his family. The news comes as a big disappointment for fans who were hoping he could actually rectify the many problems that plagued the previous film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aronofsky had this to say:
“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.”
As you would expect, the majority of the film is being shot on location in Japan. It does seem a bit odd however, that he wouldn’t have realized this before committing to the project, since the Japan storyline was established long before he signed on. This makes the third major studio blockbuster that Aronofsky has walked away from for one reason or another. Years ago he was attached to direct Batman: Year One for Warner Brothers, and more recently a Robocop reboot for MGM. Apparently he just isn’t meant to work on big budget blockbusters. The good news is, we will probably get to see Machine Man on the big screen that much sooner. Are you upset by this news? Is there another director out there who could generate the same excitement for a Wolverine sequel?