Fear not, superhero fans! Hugh Jackman has made an appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where he told a nervous crowd that his upcoming Marvel one-off The Wolverine is not dead!

Like the character himself, the production is quickly healing from the loss of Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky and is now moving forward at a decent pace. It may happen a little later than sooner, but only because Hugh Jackman won't settle for someone with less talent than Darren Aronofsky behind the lens.

Here is what Hugh Jackman had to say about the continuation of this particular X-Men spin-off.

"Now, we're out looking for a director. We were pretty much ready to go. The script is fantastic - the best we've ever had, which is why it attracted Darren in the first place. His personal situation precludes him from doing it now, and I feel for him. But now we need to find a director. We're not going to settle. We're going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good. Everyone is still pushing forward to getting it done. I can't be eating too many more chicken breasts."

The screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie is still in play. It is not known when The Wolverine will actually begin shooting, but 20th Century Fox is hoping to have things in place by September.

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