Darren Aronofsky Abandons Hugh Jackman's Wolverine
Posted on Thu Mar 17, 2011 09:10 AM PDT

darren200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California - Darren Aronofsky will not direct Hugh Jackman's The Wolverine due to scheduling conflicts.

Aronofsky released the following statement:

    "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."

Production was due to start soon, however Twentieth Century Fox has yet to schedule an official production start date. The studio released the following:

    "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."

Two weeks of the movie will be shot in Japan, and the rest will be filmed in Canada. A replacement director has yet to be announced.