WTF? Darren Aronofsky is Officially Not Directing Wolverine Any More

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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…

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  • clarkspark

    Dang, I was actually looking forward to Darren directing Wolverine. One of my favorite films was The Fountain (Which also starred Jackman). I guess I just wanted to see what Darren would do different with the Wolverine character. Most comic-book based movies are fun to watch and all but it would be nice to see more like Batman Begins and Dark Knight. Those films were more mature and relate-able with fine acting prowess.

  • Juggernaut

    I could care less who directs this piece of garbage! I’ll admit that I was intrigued at the thought of such a cerebral director taking on a comic film, especially an iconic character like Wolverine. What the hell is this movie supposed to be anyway?!?! Is it a sequel to the atrocity that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Is it a reboot keeping the actor and the X-men movies as cannon? Am I supposed to swallow another load of garbage by Fox and company just because they decided to add the word “The” to the title? I think that what they need to do now is re-evaluate their plan. Change this stand alone crap to a proper sequel. After all Hugh Jackman is still playing the character, for now anyway. The “Origns” movie was a mess but it did happen. You can’t just act like it didn’t. The only way to do that is start from scratch in my opinion. The first one left off with Logan at a bar in Japan. Start from there. Tell the Claremont/Miller story and hope for the best. Get a competent director to helm it and continue what was started. Too often anymore these studios don’t see things through. Have some conviction. It’s too bad Aronofsky won’t be doing this film. On the bright side, he’s no Charlie Sheen and the show will go on without him.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      AH Juggernaut’s hate of Fox breaks through once again! LOL. Well at least Arronofsky had an honorable reason for leaving. Family first is always what i say, and if things weren’t getting off the ground the way he wanted, then he’d end up like Del Toro waiting on “The Hobbit.” That said you’re whole “You can’t act like it didn’t happen,” statement is a moot point other than them keeping the actor, as Marvel has and is doing this with other movies like “Incredible Hulk” and more recently and in the same vein of having the original actor but not being connected to the original “Ghost Rider.” They were going to do the Japan story, and I’m sure a nod to the bar scene would’ve been in there but other than that the connection would be pretty thin. I do think they’ll still push forward with the Japan storyline, and it’ll be inspired by the Miller/Claremont stuff, but won’t be a slave to it. And that I’m fine with. Too often people want direct adaptations of specific storylines, that were written 20 years ago. Those stories have to be tweaked for the new medium as well as updated to still be relevant. So as long as I get the following I’m good:
      1. Japan setting
      2. Mariko
      3. Silver Samurai
      4. Patch
      5. Madripor

      Give me a good director, someone that understands the property and isn’t just trying to make a buck and we’ll call it even.

      • ulik

        The first Hulk was with Universal Studios and Ghost Rider is with Sony.

      • ulik

        The first Hulk was with Universal Studios and Ghost Rider is with Sony.

    • Ulik

      In the words of Ryan “Hal Jordan” Reynolds, “I know right”! Yeah, Fox just pretty much will reboot any and everything they fail, especially Marvel movies. It will go on for infinity unless somebody does something about it.

  • Brian

    Honestly he was my last hope for the Wolverine character. I actually don’t have any desire to see anything X-Men related on screen anymore with him off this project. Darren had great ideas for this one and it was exciting to see how excited Jackman was for the project with him on board. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be…props to him for choosing family first, made me smile reading that.

  • Brian

    Honestly he was my last hope for the Wolverine character. I actually don’t have any desire to see anything X-Men related on screen anymore with him off this project. Darren had great ideas for this one and it was exciting to see how excited Jackman was for the project with him on board. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be…props to him for choosing family first, made me smile reading that.

  • Brian

    Honestly he was my last hope for the Wolverine character. I actually don’t have any desire to see anything X-Men related on screen anymore with him off this project. Darren had great ideas for this one and it was exciting to see how excited Jackman was for the project with him on board. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be…props to him for choosing family first, made me smile reading that.

  • Adnan

    I too was looking forward to see what Aronofsky would do both visually and in terms of real drama. Origins was a hodge-podge of way too much material, like an extended trailer.