In their effort to ruin every single X-Men
film, 20th Century Fox has parted ways with the director who could've helped deliver the best X-Men
movie ever made: Darren Aronofsky
. This morning the studio and director issued a joint statement announcing Aronofsky's departure from the project, titled The Wolverine
, which was due out sometime in 2012.
This doesn't come as a big surprise, really, since Fox is ridiculously protective over their X-Men franchise -- and more specifically, Wolverine, since he's their most popular character (and the only one to have his own solo spin-off). Add that to the known fact that Aronofsky is a risk taker who likes complete control over his projects, and the partnership seemed to be doomed right from the start.
Aronofsky claims he didn't want to leave his family for a year, which is in all likelihood a bogus excuse. Reports are beginning to trickle in claiming Aronofsky walked because Fox wouldn't allow him "total control" of the film, which he felt he deserved after turning in a film (Black Swan) that was not only nominated for Best Picture, but it won Natalie Portman an Oscar for Best Actress. Even so, unless your name is James Cameron and you're earning billions for the studio, 20th Century Fox is not going to just hand you total control of their most valued Marvel character. It just ain't gonna happen. Aronofsky probably sensed this would be an issue throughout production, so he walked ... and we applaud him for standing up for his own beliefs, even if they did lead him to ditch the biggest film (and probably paycheck) he ever had.
So why can't Fox just leave Wolverine alone? Because they can't -- the words "creative freedom" are not in their vocabulary. They forced their vision on Gavin Hood, which resulted in a messy X-Men Origins: Wolverine that had a too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen vibe to it, and Aronofsky was smart enough to walk away before they could do the same thing to him. Expect a lesser-known director willing to shout out "how high?" when asked to jump, and for people to once again start crapping on the new Wolverine movie in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...