Director Darren Aronofsky's involvement in The Wolverine---20th Century Fox's follow-up to the X-Men Origins: Wolverine---seems to have lasted less than six months. The helmer who was supposed to take on this next Logan tale has sent out a brief statement, telling fans that he has chosen to exit the production because he realized it would take him out of the country for a long period of time. With Christopher McQuarrie's scripted story long rumored to take place in Japan, it's hard to see why Aronofsky is just realizing this fact. As you Maniacs know quite well, stranger reasons have been given for well-known directors leaving high-profile productions and the director might be choosing to remain silent on something else going on behind-the-scenes between him and the studio. Or he may just want to stay close to his family as he says below.
Whatever the case here's the statements from the respective parties:
"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."
20th Century 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."
Sound off with your own theories down below. Who would you like to direct The Wolverine?