Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky was finally set to make his big Hollywood project, after falling out of both the Batman and Robocop reboots years ago. After Black Swan he finally had the clout, the backing and the moxie to direct The Wolverine, a prequel to the popular X-Men franchise which would follow Hugh Jackman’s adventures in Japan, falling in love and falling out of favor with samurais and ninjas and so forth. But now he’s not going to do it. What happened, you ask? The ever-present ‘creative differences?’
Nope. He just didn’t want to spend a year away from his family. Aw… That’s so cute. And annoying. Hollywood Reporter had the story.
Fox has a history of courting (mostly) independent directors to the X-Men franchise, from The Usual Suspects‘ Bryan Singer (X-Men 1 and 2) to Tsotsi‘s Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), with… shall we say, mixed success. Aronofsky isn’t even the first director to bow out of the franchise for familial reasons: X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn was initially slated to direct X-Men 3 before abandoning the franchise to the demonic force of industry that is Brett Ratner. At least Fox doesn’t hold a grudge. Vaughn returned to the franchise eventually, maybe Aronofsky will get the same chance in the future.
Both Hugh Jackman and Fox remain committed the project, and plan to make ‘aggressive’ moves to land a new director shortly.
Crave Online will return with more The Wolverine news as it ‘bubs’ to the surface.