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Aronofsky Exits The WOLVERINE

Director Darren Aronofsky bows out of Wolverine sequel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 18, 2011
Source: Darren Aronofsky, Fox Statements

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:

Darren Aronofsky:

"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?

Thanks to Maniacs Thorn, raa2001 , Calibur454 for the submission.


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afrointelligent 3/18/2011 7:12:40 AM

 Dammitt to hell

Sanity 3/18/2011 7:21:26 AM

He just came to the conclusion that no matter what he did with the script, there weren't going to be any Oscar nominations. 

lusiphur 3/18/2011 7:34:10 AM

 I seem to remember reading about how Aranofsky is such a perfectionist that most of his movie shoots run longer than scheduled.  Maybe he was factoring that in when he made his decision.  I also don't see why it should take a year to film a Wolverine movie.  If it's anything like the first one, it should be done filming in about a week and a half.  Unless he was planning going light on the special effects.  He wouldn't need to stay in Japan to oversee editing or fx.  I'm guessing when I say he probably couldn't (or wasn't permitted) to improve the script that was flushed to him.

Or Sanity is right and he's become an Oscar whore.

joeybaloney 3/18/2011 7:36:30 AM

Aranofsky is being polite. Fox wouldn't give him the control he wanted and so he walked. So much for a good Wolverine flick.

ElBaz13 3/18/2011 7:37:45 AM

The "away from family" is just an excuse to avoid a PR disaster.

I've read on a few websites the real reason. Aranofsky wanted 100% control of the production and Fox wouldn't allow it. Sure he's a good director but Fox didn't trust him.

Oh well, there is always Mark Steven Johnson or Brett Ratner....

OmegaDean 3/18/2011 7:38:49 AM

Well with that news I will say put myself back back complete sticking pile of crap-tacular-ness.  With DA on the set there was hope.  Well who can they get to save this franchise... who...

tiredjay 3/18/2011 7:39:04 AM

Actual production only takes a few weeks, but he'd have to spend months prior to it settting up the production office, scouting, etc., so it's notable.  Plus, since a chunk of this would likely have to be shot in Japan, I can see him getting leery of it.

CaptAmerica04 3/18/2011 7:47:37 AM

 Anyone think he might be doing this because he's being a little bitch and is scared of going to Japan to film?

Eh, the next Wolverine film will suck as bad as the first one, so who cares anyway?

wessmith1966 3/18/2011 7:51:23 AM

Disappointing news. I'm in the camp of believing that DA realized he wouldn't have enough control of the film. We all know how Fox looks at the X franchise and their other comic book properties; to them they're nothing more than cash cows. DA probably looked around and knew that Fox isn't interested in making brilliant movies; just a lot of money. I don't want it to be true, but history doesn't lie. FF movies, X3, Wolverine...the evidence is there in spades. Yes, the first X-Men and X2 were pretty good (although I still think X-Men had a lot of holes and problems), but after that Fox realized they had a captive audience and quality when south.

It's a shame that Fox can't look at what Nolan did with Batman. A well-made Wolverine movie set in Japan could be fantastic and pull in more than comic fan movies and kids with nothing better to do on the weekends.

As for a new director, I'm going to throw my choice's hat into the ring...Edward Zwick. Watch The Last Samurai. Beautifully shot, had a great feel to it, and Tom Cruise's character in many ways could have been Logan.

hanso 3/18/2011 7:55:12 AM

With Aranofsky gone there really is no point in seeing "The Wolverine".

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