Word came down today that Darren Aronofsky, the Oscar-nominated director of Black Swan, would no longer be directing Wolverine 2, citing travel concerns. Others suggest that the real reason is because Fox wouldn’t give him the sort of control over the project that Warner Brothers gives Christopher Nolan on the The Dark Knight flicks.
But the reality is this: Darren Aronofsky was never attached to direct Wolverine 2. It was all a conspiracy by the movie blogger contingent to create page views. They have had a field day with this story, first floating rumors that Aronofsky would direct, then posting stories confirming it, and now, announcing that Aronofsky has dropped out of the project. That’s three to ten highly-trafficked posts, depending on the site, all for nothing except for providing a little piece of their souls to the ringleader, Nikki Finke. That’s how she gets all those scoops over at Deadline — she exchanges pieces of other people’s souls for them (having given away her entire soul by 1989).
Indeed, I stand by what I wrote in an exclusive last October:
Folks, despite what Deadline might have you believe, Aronofsky is not going to direct Wolverine 2. And I’ll tell you why. It’s simple: Aronofsky makes good movies (OK, there may be some debate about The Fountain, but still). Aronofsky is not going to pull a Ratner and take a sequel to a shitty spin-off movie. He’s got more sense than that. He took six years off between Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. The man has patience, and he knows that Black Swan is going to fetch him much better offers than Woflman Jackman in Japan.
So, if you’ve read headlines suggesting that Aronofky is going to direct Wolverine 2, don’t worry about it.
It’s as true today as it was in October: Darren Aronofsky will never direct Wolverine 2.