As too good to be true as an Aronofsky-directed Wolverine always sounded, it’s clear that everyone involved genuinely meant for it to actually happen. Alas, that is not to be the ultimate results as the director has decided to part ways with the production. Specifically citing his unwillingness to go abroad and away from his family for the year+ it would take to produce the film, THR has the story.

Both the studio and Aronofsky maintain a strong relationship, with Fox saying that the production “will regroup and move forward aggressively.”

The twitter response that I’ve seen so far seems to essentially be, “yep, alright, fuck this movie now.” Which… is really really dumb.

There’s still a script that Aronofsky was willing to direct, and a studio that was willing to hire him. Is it possible or even likely they’ll hire a boring to replace him? Of course. But they’ve not made the decision yet, and considering their willingness to work with a demanding auteur in the first place, there’s at least a chance they’ll do it again.

When someone awful signs on the line that is dotted, that would be a good time to fuck the movie, until then…

It will be interesting to see what Aronofsky pursues next, now that he’s resolved to stay stateside. We’ll be keeping an eye out for the announcement of what that will be, as well as how will take the job he’s left behind.

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