Darren Aronofsky's divorce lost him The Wolverine job

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky has admitted that he decided no to take on the role of director for 'The Wolverine' because he was in the middle of divorce proceedings.

Darren Aronofsky's divorce stopped him from directing 'The Wolverine'.

The 45-year-old director had been in talks to take the reigns on the sixth installment of the 'X Men' series and despite confessing that he loved the project, he says he couldn't commit to it because he was in the middle of his divorce from 'The Mummy' actress Rachel Weisz.

He told MTV News: "I loved the script and I thought the film came out great. I just had...it was a hard time in my life.

"It was complicated. I couldn't leave New York for that long an amount of time."

The 'Noah' director, who is currently promoting the film's release, also revealed that the opportunity to direct the biblical adventure was more important to him.

He added: "And, to be honest, the possibility of 'Noah' had started to emerge, and here was something I'd been thinking about for years. I was really excited by that."

Despite turning down the role of director on superhero flick 'The Wolverine', Aronofsky - who was reportedly in talks to take the helm of 'Batman vs. Superman' - has admitted that he would definitely have been interested in the job which has been snapped up by Zack Snyder.

He said: "Superman's one of the holy grails. It's Superman. It's the best superhero. Batman is great, of course, but it's Superman. He's the same level. That possibility was great."

The Wolverine

  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 126 min
  • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Brian Tee
  • UK release: 25 July 2013

This sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine sees the eponymous hero travel to Japan where he takes training from a samurai warrior.


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 138 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone
  • UK release: 4 April 2014

The story of the ark-building biblical patriarch Noah (Crowe), who in this version believes that God intends the flood as a human genocide. Director Aronofsky crafts an intense conflict between Noah and his own family, making for a compellingly weird and occasionally wonderful story.


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