“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,” Aronofsky explained in a joint statement with Fox Studios.
“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,” says the Black Swan director.
Hugh Jackman is still attached to the movie as the titular character Wolverine and efforts to find a new director will be aggressively pursued.
“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.” This was the statement released by Fox.
The sequel is being written by Chris McQuarrie, and has as of yet to be given the green light by Fox and is still without a release date. A large part of the movie was supposed to be shot overseas with Japan being one of the places where shooting was intended.
While Aronofsky may be out as the director for The Wolverine, his production company Protozoa still has first dibs on a first look deal with Fox.