Darren Aronofsky has pulled out of the 20th Century Fox sequel The Wolverine. It is believed that the director's recent divorce from actress Rachel Weisz and the custody of his son were main reasons he stepped away from the project. Here's a statement Darren Aronofsky issued.
"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."
Here's the statement that 20th Century Fox issued after the director's decision to leave the project.
"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."
The Wolverine was supposed to start production in April. Now those plans will likely have to be pushed.