In the wake of Darren Aranofsky's surprise departure from The Wolverine, star Hugh Jackman insists the he remains committed to the film, and to Christopher McQuarrie's script.
“So now we’re out looking for a director,” Jackman told Entertainment Weekly at CinemaCon. “We were pretty much ready to go. The script is fantastic — the best we’ve ever had, which is why it attracted Darren in the first place. His personal situation precludes him from doing it now, and I feel for him. But now we need to find a director.”
Rumors circulated last week that Fox is “in no rush” to find a replacement for Aronofsky, in large part because it's unclear whether a big-budget film can shoot in Japan so soon after the devastating earthquake. However, Jackman indicated to EW that he's not letting up on his Wolverine fitness regimen or the search for a top-notch director.
“We’re not going to settle," he said. "We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good. Everyone is still pushing forward to getting it done.” It's a sentiment he repeated to Hero Complex, telling the Los Angeles Times blog, "we won’t settle for anyone who isn’t as good as Darren."
Written by McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), The Wolverine is based, in part, on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and has Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.