BREAKING: Darren Aronofsky Is Off 'The Wolverine'

Darren AronofskyVery bad news, Wolverine fans. Almost four months to the day after Darren Aronofsky confirmed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox that would start with him directing "The Wolverine," a follow-up to 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the "Black Swan" filmmaker is bowing out of the production.

Aronofsky pegs his departure to the production's lengthy shooting schedule, which will keep him out of the country for too long, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Franchise star Hugh Jackman is still on board, and Fox remains committed to making the movie happen under the supervision of a new director.

Aronofsky and Fox issued a joint statement, which pretty much lays out everything you need to know about his exit from the project.

Here's what the departing director had to say:

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.

And Fox's statement:

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.

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