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Darren Aronofsky quits The Wolverine

Darren Aronofsky

Story by Jack Foley

DARREN Aronofsky has unexpectedly quit The Wolverine.

In a statement released on Thursday (March 17, 2011), the Black Swan director said that committing to the project would keep him out of the country for too long.

20th Century Fox and Hugh Jackman – who is set to return in the title role – responded by saying that they remain fully committed to making Wolverine and will move ‘aggressively’ to find a new director.

Ironically, Fox hadn’t yet officially greenlit the sequel – although all parties are keen to progress with the project, which is widely expected to involve a lot of overseas shooting.

But in a joint statement issued by Aronofsky and Fox, the filmmaker said: “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.”

Fox added: “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.”

Christopher McQuarrie is writing Wolverine, although, as yet, the movie does not have a release date.

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