According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky has decided to leave the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “The Wolverine” . According to the site, the director felt that film production would have him out of the country for too long.
In a joint statement with Fox, Aronofsky stated his point of view. “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 over 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.” Fox also expressed their condolences, but look forward to working with Aronofsky on other projects in the future.
Even though the director has left, Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as the title character, and Fox have stated they are still committed to the project and will, according to the site, “move aggressively” to find a new director.
The sequel, which will find Wolverine in Japan (something he does in the comic book series), hasn’t been greenlit yet. However, the film is shooting for a 2012 release.