Darren Aronofsky pulls out of The Wolverine

March 17th, 2011

Darren Aronofsky has pulled out of directing 'The Wolverine'.

The 'Black Swan' director decided against working on the 'X Men' spinoff - which will star Hugh Jackman - because he was worried about being away from his family for too long during filming.

In a statement 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."

He added: "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."

Darren - who has a four-year-old son Henry Chance from a previous relationship with actress Rachel Weisz - was considered an unusual choice to direct the comic book movie, as he is known for art house films such as 'Requiem for a Dream'.

Although it is not yet known who will replace him in the director's chair, Fox said in a statement that the project is still definitely going ahead.

A spokesperson said: "Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making 'The Wolverine'. We will regroup and move forward aggressively."