by: Chris Eaton source: Hollywood Reporter
Some times, things are just too good to be true. When Darren Aronofsky announced he would be directing the follow up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I did a back flip. Being a huge fan of Aronofsky, I had a feeling that the man would knock the story of Wolverine in Japan right out of the park. Not only that, but that this could be his Dark Knight. The big commercial film that finally gets him pull to finally do the projects he wants to do with better budgets than what he’s worked with. It all seemed to line up perfectly.
Then I woke up today to read this on the Hollywood Reporter:
Darren Aronofsky is bowing out of directing 20th Century Fox’s sequel The Wolverine, saying the project would keep him out of the country for too long.
Apparently the idea of being away from his kids for almost a year didn’t settle well with him. But, some feel that it might also have to do with the sad story that’s going on in Japan right now. The film was set to shoot there for a period of time. With part of the upper portion of the country decimated, and a potential Nuclear meltdown happening, he might feel safer staying away. Either way, this is really sad news. I had high hopes for The Wolverine. With production aiming to start in a few months, Fox is going to have to scramble to find a replacement. Usually, that leads to a lot of chaos and in the end, hurts the project.