Undeniably disappointing news ahead: Darren Aronofsky, recently nominated for an Academy Award for Black Swan, will not be directing the next Wolverine movie after all, according to sources including The Hollywood Reporter, citing a joint statement from 20th Century Fox and the director.
Though it’s hard to get too upset given Aronofsky’s stated reasons — the plan is to shoot extensively overseas (including, at one point, Japan), and Aronofsky didn’t want to be away from his family for the nearly year-long period production would have required. Fox is hoping this doesn’t slow down their plans too much; the studio said in the statement that they will “regroup and move forward aggressively” in regards to finding a new director, with Hugh Jackman still on board as the title character.
Reports of Aronofsky directing The Wolverine, as it’s currently titled, first surfaced in the early fall of last year, and was later confirmed by Fox this past November. The movie would have been a reunion for Jackman and Aronofsky, who worked together on The Fountain.