Darren Aronofsky No Longer Directing ‘The Wolverine’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:03 pm,

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Cue the groans from comic book movie fans everywhere: Acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) is no longer directing the Wolverine sequel, fittingly titled The Wolverine.

As much as I would like to tell you that this is simply a rumor, I’m afraid the news comes from Aronofsky himself, making it as official as official gets around these Interwebs.

This disappointing (for some fans crushing) news was announced today in a joint statement by Aronofsky and 20th Century Fox. Said 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 is trying to cauterize this gaping wound (and any potential rabid speculation by fans) by re-stating a firm commitment to getting The Wolverine into production:

“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.”

Let’s not mince words here: this is a real shame. When it was announced that Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) was scripting Wolverine 2, fans were ecstatic: it seemed as though Fox had learned from the mistakes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (of which there were MANY) and was committed to making a new film that truly explored the core themes of one of the most iconic and richly complex comic book characters of them all.

When it was announced that Aronofsky had signed on for The Wolverine, fan excitement went up to the roof (and nearly through it): it seemed as though comic book movie fans were going to see their beloved genre enter a new era – one in which Oscar-worthy visionaries would be handling the characters and stories that we love, hopefully yielding more sophisticated films in the vein of Chris Nolan’s Batman movies, which are equal parts art and entertainment.

Will David Slade ditch 'Daredevil' for 'The Wolverine'?

With this news that Aronofsky is no longer a part of the project, the studio and the fans will all be turning their attention toward the immediate future of The Wolverine – namely, which director will come in to replace Aronofsky. David Slade was up to direct Wolverine 2 at one point – ironically enough, Fox now wants him to helm a reboot of Daredevil. Will Slade ditch the devil to court The Wolverine? Maybe. Another knee-jerk choice fans will likely pitch is X-Men director Bryan Singer – unfortunately, Singer is currently busy making Jack the Giant Killer.

Along with director predictions, there will also be the usual conspiracy theories and rumors concerning Aronofsky’s departure. Don’t be surprised if you hear whispers that Aronofsky – an acclaimed arthouse auteur – couldn’t play nice with a controlling studio like Fox; in fact, don’t be surprised if you hear many different accusations about why Fox is at fault for this development…

Still, as bumming as this news is, The Wolverine still has a strong script, and a strong leading man (Hugh Jackman) carrying it forward. Heck, Jackman is so committed to making the film better than its predecessor that he’s even structuring his workout regiment around making the character’s build be more in line with the comic books. If you can’t believe in dedication like that, what can you believe in?

The Wolverine was slated to cut into theaters in the summer of 2012. No names of potential new directors has been floated yet, but expect that to change soon.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. A Huge blow. I hope they get someone as good as Aronofsky.

  2. Terrible blow, many will blame Fox, this may fall on Aronofsky’s shoulders. You would think he had considered the schedule right away. Very disappointed.

  3. Well that sucks

  4. As long as they don´t ask Ratner…

    • Don’t jinx the film lol.

  5. There goes all interest I had in the film.

  6. Wow completely unexpected!

  7. James McTeigue.

  8. Pierre Morel

  9. Glad.
    No tears or masturbation from the Wolverine.

  10. Aahhhhhh!, :(:(:(:(:(:(. This is crushing indeed. The wolverine movie that he was making that I truly had high hopes for! I never had higher hopes for a comic movie! This was a perfect storm! He Aronofsky was on the top of his game! He was going to do something I feel that was truly special! I hope they can convince him to come back! Hopefully he can still play a role in the movie. This is. Terrible. Some unique plans for this wolverine movie. Damn. Damn.. Damn

  11. Aw, man. Darren directing was the only reason I was excited to see “The Wolverine”.
    I’m not sure who they could get to replace him that would be able to match the vision I had in my mind for how this film might be. But, I’ll stay optimistic.

  12. This F-ing blows. I was looking forward to this more than any other Marvel title in the next couple of years. Aronofsky may be a genius, but Aronofsky and Jackman together are amazing. I wonder what really happened here? Not enough creative control and the studio suits balking at the price tag?

    I wonder what Edward Zwick would do with Wolvie?

  13. Wow really totally unexpected but I can understand his reason for leaving the project though .

  14. And so begins the same march that X-3 went through before it ended up with Ratner. Odds are it will be one of the same guys they seem to cycle in and out of directing these movies. And as much heat as Ratner gets for X-3 a guy like David Goyer would be an even worse choice. That said he’ll probably get the gig…….

  15. Blahhh HAHAHA, this is great, the one Fox CBM movie I was waiting for is now screwd up, mark my words and whispers , SINGER is coming , and May God have Mercy on our souls !!!!!, LMAO

  16. So, he can’t handle being away from his family, that is understandable, but, he never considered relocating them with him for the year? Maybe it isn’t as easy as it sounds but man..damn near seems like a cop out excuse to not direct a film.

    • I’m sure it’s not as easy as it sounds. Taking your kids out of school, asking everyone to give up their friends, their lives for a year just so he can keep the hordes of faceless comic book fans happy? No, this is like when Christopher Nolan put his foot down (again) and said he wouldn’t make any more Batman movies. Sometimes, you just gotta say “screw the fans, I want a life.”

  17. Sounds like BS. He would’ve known the shooting locations way before hand and knew the schedule.

    I smell “Creative differences” with FOX

    • Well, the tragedy that is happening in Japan right now could be a huge factor.

      • And that would be totally logical. But “being away from the family” sounds like an excuse.

  18. I thought we would finally get to see a “big” film by Aronofsky, after he didn’t get to make Batman Begins or Robocob. Now we got to add this to taht list of films…

    • Robo who???

      • Man, don´t you know Robocob?! The brother of Beverly Hills Cob, dude! :D

        • Cousins to Kindergarden Cob

        • Lol. Its what Judge Cob wanted to be. :p hehehe

  19. They need a director that would leave his family, go to the ends of the earth and not eat for a month to give us what we want.

    I’m sure there are a lot of young directors out there that would make any sacrifice to take Wolvy’s reigns.

    Are we ever gonna see an awesome x-movie?

    • no not likely

  20. as long as we DON”T get McQ I’m good

    • McG?

      • I say get they guy who directed the Last Air Bender he did an awesome job. Should have been Oscar nominated for his directing he stays true to the source material. And makes box office blockbusters…(sarcams turning off)

  21. Brett Ratner is sitting at his desk giggling like a little school girl right now waiting for the call, lol.

  22. How much do you want to bet that the moment Portman drops her baby that six month s later she will be off filming a movie somewhere thus making Arrons claim total BS.

    • Um, Aronofsky isn’t the father of Natalie Portman’s baby and they’re not romantically involved, so I’m not sure what your comment means…

      • LOL

      • Crap that is what happens when you reply from work in the middle of a call.

        • Umm you just never check you facts man lol. I’ve seen it here a few times from you :)

      • So this is why Rachel left Darren! Kofi, the earthquake, Fox, his personal life, Aronofsky seems to be in a bad situation. Jackman is in great physical shape for this movie. You have to talk to him. Is David Slade in again? Will he also do Wolverine and Daredevil? Kofi we need the scoop from you! X-Men: First Class looks awesome! Maybe Vaughn could do Wolverine justice.

        • This movie may not happen for a while if at all. Maybe X-Men 4 will happen first.

    • lol lol

  23. After the last movie, he was the only thing keeping me interested, they better get someone good if they don’t want this movie to tank

  24. I respect his given reason, if true.

    Time will tell if he fibbed or not.

  25. Michael Bay. Because the first Wolvie didn’t have nearly enough explosions.


  27. I think he read the script and didnt liek it but obviously can not say that to the public….this movie will probably suck just as much as the last wolverine

    • Aronofsky talked about the script long before he dropped out. It’s written by an Oscar-winning screenwriter for god’s sake. Aronofsky said there were changes he wanted to make, but that it was good. If the script wasn’t good, he probably wouldn’t have signed on for the movie.

  28. In other news I have dropped out of caring about this movie. Sorry Hugh.

  29. …in all honesty…it sounded too good to be true…and I guess it was…
    the reason for him leaving sounds fake to me…it sounds like something I would say if I wanted to get out of something lol…

    MICHAEL MANN!!!…wolverine in a suit robbing banks!!..YES