It always sounded too good to be true. Well, it is…
The official statements don’t suggest any artisitic differences. Seems Aronofsky just doesn’t like being away from home (or maybe, since the film was due to be set in Japan, he just didn’t fancy the radiation poisoning).
States Aronofsky: “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.”
Twentieth Century Fox add: “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.”