Darren Aronofsky leaves Wolverine!

Just when things were looking so good for The Wolverine, our hopes are dealt a mighty blow - the departure of director Darren Aronofsky.

Written by ronin
Published about over 6 years ago. Filed Under: Movies

The Black Swan filmmaker, who signed on last year to helm the follow-up to 2009’s middling X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has departed the production, citing the film’s long production schedule as a problem.

Aronofsky said in a press statement

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.

This is incredibly disappointing news to comic book fans everywhere, as we finally had a director capable of bringing a wolverine movie that we have been waiting for. For example, he was immediatley able to identify a key component the previous incarnations lacked: Wolverine's physique.

Now that he’s walked away, 20th Century Fox will “regroup and move forward aggressively”, which basically means they’ll be grabbing the closest director and handing them the keys to Aronofsky’s project.

Check out what other figures have tweeted about the news:

@mrmarkmiller: Someone just suggested Singer for Wolverine, teaming him up with McQuarrie again. I think he's busy, but this would be amazing choice. -Mark Millar, Writer ("Wanted," "Kick-Ass")

@andeparks Only one thing really matters about the Aronofsky Wolverine movie. The next director must order Jackman to lose a ton of weight. -Ande Parks, Writer/Artist ("Green Arrow," "Capote").

It is surprising to hear Mark Miller suggest that Bryan Singer would be an excellent replacement. I wholeheartedly disagree. An opinion based on the atrocious previous adaptations of X-Men courtesty of Singer that do nothing but highlight the theme of X-Men universe being similar to the civil rights movement in America during the 70's...Yeah, no sh*t Sherlock.

So, who do you guys think should direct the movie?


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