After the crushing news that Darren Aronofsky dropped out of the director's chair, it now looks like our ideal replacement, Mark Romanek, has followed suit and won't be helming 'The Wolverine.' For those unfamiliar, Romanek is the director of 'One Hour Photo,' 'Never Let Me Go' and some of the best music videos of all-time, from Nine Inch Nails' 'Closer' to Johnny Cash's 'Hurt.'
Maybe we shouldn't have gotten our hopes up in the first place, but we think Romanek would have been a perfect choice to help people forget about 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and give everyone's favorite mutant the hardcore treatment he deserves. But alas ...
Hit the jump to see what Romanek had to say about why he ducked out and what he thought of the script.
That's just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn't seem like my kind of thing. [The script] was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I really felt passionate about.Still in the running for the director's chair are Jose Padilha ('Elite Squad'), Doug Liman ('The Bourne Identity'), Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day'), Justin Lin ('Fast Five'), Gavin O'Connor ('Miracle'), James Mangold ('3:10 to Yuma') and Gary Shore (commercial director). Hard to say if any of these candidates can bring the same kind of quality that Aronofsky or Romanek are known for, but as for our best bet, we're pulling for Mangold.
What do you think: Still hopeful that this will work itself out, or is that list of directors leaving you empty inside?