Darren Aronofsky Provides Update On 'Lone Wolf And Cub' Movie Status

'Lone Wolf & Cub'On the very short list of "Directors We'd Like To See Tackle A Comic Book Movie," Darren Aronofsky has a permanent spot among the top three names. Sure, he directed 2006's "The Fountain" and wrote the accompanying Vertigo graphic novel, but we're talking more along the lines of a spandex-clad, super-powered do-gooder out for justice. We got close to our wish back in '02 when Aronofsky was rumored to direct an adaptation of Frank Miller's classic "Batman: Year One" series, but that project eventually fell by the wayside.

However, we occasionally hear blips on the comic book film radar about a possible adaptation of the iconic manga series "Lone Wolf & Cub," which follows a disgraced Shogun's executioner on a quest for vengeance with his three-year-old son in tow. And while Aronofsky has stated that "Lone Wolf & Cub" isn't on his upcoming slate of films, it never hurts to check in with him in regards to the manga masterpiece.

"I’d love to do that. It’s one of [Japan's] great pieces of literature. " Aronofsky told MTV. But will we ever see his take on the adventures of Ogami Itto and his son, Daigoro?

"The rights from Japan were never cleared," Aronofsky related. "They tried for a while. I don’t think it's getting out of there anytime soon."

Looks like we'll just have to settle for a spandex-clad Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" for the time being...

Would you like to see Aronofsky take on "Lone Wolf & Cub?" Is there another comic franchise you feel he'd be a solid choice for? Let's get the discussion going in the comments.