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Can I be honest here? I was shocked when Darren Aronofsky attached himself to directing a reboot of “Robocop”. Then I was not so shocked when he left the project. I was then shocked again when Aronofsky attached himself to the “Wolverine” sequel. This is, after all, Darren Friggin Aronofsky. The guy who blew my mind away with “Pi”, “Requiem for a Dream”, and more recently, “Black Swan”. (Not a whole lot of mind blowing with the last one, but it was definitely not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood studio offering, to be sure.)
Which leads us to this: Darren Aronofsky has officially parted ways on “The Wolverine”. Yup, he’s no longer directing it. Can I say I’m not all that surprised?
Here’s the official word from Aronofsky and Fox on the parting of ways:
Darren Aronofsky and Twentieth Century Fox today issued the following statements about the director’s involvement in the movie, “The Wolverine”:
Stated 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.”
Stated Twentieth 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.”
Maybe they can still get David Slade to direct. Before Aronofsky landed the gig, Slade was up for it, but has since moved on to developing a “Daredevil” sequel. Of course, Fox could always give him time off “Daredevil” to do “Wolverine”, so we shall see.
But what do you think? Are you surprised Aronofsky has left the project? I can’t say I am. Sorry, but the idea of Aronofsky directing a big studio comic book movie just seemed, I don’t know, wrong somehow…