Two weeks ago, Darren Aronofsky backed out of "The Wolverine" citing the production's planned extended overseas shoot as the reason. In a statement from Twentieth Century Fox, Aronofsky said, “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.”
It's a shame since Aronofsky could have contributed his independent cinema sensibilities in an overwrought, big-budget production like the "Wolverine" sequel. Now, we can just wonder.
But have no fear Wolverine fans, because Mr. Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, who has been bulking up and buffing up for the role, says there's no turning back now.
Speaking exclusively to EW in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, the actor said he’s staying on board, and the script by Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") is still set.
Jackman said, "So 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.”
And the production is in search of a great director like Aronofsky, "not just someone to yell 'action' and 'cut.'"
So, Michael Bay is out, right?
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