In my chest I have the sensation of a sort of tightness/sucking feeling. It’s most likely a coronary heart thing I should probably have looked at, but I’ll blame the arrhythmia on a shockingly unexpected comic book movie development. Bastards, you better brace yourself. Mr. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) has just left ‘The Wolverine‘. Yep, the Academy Award-nominated director/cinematic visionary, who was brought in to redeem ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ with a sequel, apparently has better things to do.
The Hollywood Reporter broke this very unfortunate news. Here’s what Aronofsky had to say:
As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, who have been totally supportive throughout my work on the movie, 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.
20th Century Fox added 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. Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making The Wolverine. We will regroup and move forward aggressively
He wants to spend time with his family? I call bullshit! While I technically don’t have a “family” (wife, kids..etc) I know many people that do and they’re miserable. Most folks, as much as they love their family, are always looking for a reason to get the hell away from the nagging wife and screaming kids. I think there is more to this story. Me thinks there must have been a conflict of interests. The studio doo doo heads at FOX are very precise in what they want. Their intentions are to always twist and mangle a iconic comic-book character(s) and ignore the quality of the source material. All to appeal to a wider demographic. Wolverine is a beast. A mad lunatic that kills people. A broken hero. That doesn’t sell well to the kiddies, so they water shit down and fluff-ify it. Shit like that. Anyways, Aronosfky is a director who does whatever the hell he wants. His films are bizarre, complicated and intense. You think FOX was really gonna give him full creative control? Nah, I don’t think so. But, that’s just my opinion.
A more likely scenario for the departure is probably to due to the recent devastation to Japan, which as you know suffered a catastrophic earth quake. “The Wolverine” was to follow Wolverine in Japan, which mirrors the 1982 ‘Wolverine’ miniseries classic, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Perhaps the recent natural destruction in Japan had an adverse affect on what the crew had to do there, maybe adding a considerable about of time to the production. That disaster is simply bumming everyone out. I’d lose interest in having to be there for a year too.
So what now? Fox plans to “move forward aggressively”. Is there anyone who is available, and would do it, who could even compare to Aronofsky? FOX, the assholes that they are, will surely and undoubtedly shitt-ify what could have been a great movie by hiring some asshat director, like Stephen Sommers or Brett Ratner. This flick is fucked.