Just as we were beginning to get excited about Darren Aronofsky directing the next 'Wolverine' movie, titled 'The Wolverine,' the director has dropped out of the film. In a joint statement from Aronofsky and 20th Century Fox, he notes the following:

"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."

Meanwhile, Fox had this to say:

"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."

So Aronofsky claims it's because of his family -- which may indeed be correct (and an admirable reason to leave what is essentially his biggest film to date) -- but knowing Fox and their need to micro-manage their X-Men properties, we can't help but wonder whether the relationship soured early on -- especially considering Aronofsky's open willingness to take as many risks as possible.

What do you think?

[via The Wrap]

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