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Darren Aronofsky Ditches The Wolverine
He couldn't make the schedule work

17 March 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Whoops. Looks like someone didn’t do enough schedule checking before they signed their deal, because Darren Aronofsky has unexpectedly decided to quit The Wolverine.

In a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, Aronofsky has announced that, after careful consideration, he’s leaving the director’s chair for the new film, largely because the shooting schedule would have kept him away from the US for too long a time.

"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 said in the joint release with the studio. “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.”

And Fox’s thoughts on the matter? “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.”

Hhhm… “Move forward aggressively?” Now we’re getting visions of Fox executives screaming at possible future directors and cuffing them about the head if they don’t agree to an ironclad contract that signs over the rights to any family time.

As for who could seriously take over from Aronofsky, David Slade was considered, but might now be too busy with The Last Voyage of the Demeter and any work he’s doing on the new Daredevil’s development. Red’s Robert Schwentke was also a candidate, but took himself out of the running. So if you had your pick, who would you want to try to restore the good name of Logan after the dodgy first Origins film?


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RE: GUTTED BEYOND WORDS!
This is rubbish. I find it so exciting when directors known for small indie films (or that simply think outside the box) are attached to these big box office types. Aronofsky on Wolverine was very intriguing indeed. Give it to Paul Greengrass. David Fincher would obviously be amazing but i can't see that happening. Jean-Pierre Jeunet would be amazing. Just not some useless hack. That is all. More

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RE: GUTTED BEYOND WORDS!
Not David Slade, Louis Leterrier, Bret Ratner please. The likes of Duncan Jones, David Fincher et al could bring something interesting but to be honest the only reason I wasn't expecting this to be dire was because of Aronofsky. More

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L: neiljohnclarke With the whole disaster situation going on in Japan isn't the whole script likely to get re-jigged. ah, they'll just use another country with similar landscape to stand in for exteriors and the set work would likely have been predominantly filmed in the US anyway. The crisis in Japan wouldn't have any bearing on the story as it's probably going to loosely fit in the other films timeline so it will be period (1980s is when Origins finished up). Anywho - no Darren More

Posted by Marwood at 23:26 on 17 March 2011 | Report This Post

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as his talent is way more than a two-bit piece of wank like a Wolverine flick, good choice Mr A  More

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Good. Guy has more important things to be doing than sequels to crappy comic book movies. The 270 milllion box office take of Black Swan will mean he can do whatever he wants next. More

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