Aronofsky 'sad' about The Wolverine
Darren Aronofsky has said he is "sad" about not directing The Wolverine.
The Black Swan filmmaker decided to bow out because the film, which would see Hugh Jackman reprise his role as the clawed superhero, would take him away from his family for too long, said The Hollywood Reporter.
In a joint statement with film studio Fox, he said: "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."
Fox added: "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."
There had reportedly been plans to shoot portions of the film, written by Christopher McQuarrie, in Japan.