Well they still have the same supposedly excellent script they were going to use when Darren Aronofsky was set to direct, so just because he's leaving doesn't mean it's going to be monumentally ("Say Anything"
) worse than it would have been with Aronofsky at the helm.
I kinda wish the studio would just hold off on making the movie until things settle down in Japan and perhaps Aronofsky is free again having finished the custody battle. Unfortunately, I think it's more likely we'll get a "X-Men: The Last Stand"
situation where they just get whoever is available to direct because they're greedy, impatient, and insistent on having the movie meet is projected release date, even if that means hurting the movie's eventual quality.
The studio should have waited for Singer and his screenwriters to come back after "Superman Returns"
instead of insisting that the third X-Men movie had to come out in 2006. Singer said they would have done it. If the studio had waited, we probably would have got the proper conclusion to Singer's trilogy in 2008 instead of "Valkyrie"
. I bet it would have been worth the five year wait between sequels.
I hope this doesn't mean Aronofsky is going to waste his time on the "Robocop"
re-make that he was previously attached to. I just watched that movie again and it is so of its time, so demonstrative of the specific strengths and quirks of its director, and so perfect just the way it is. The re-make is a terrible idea, no matter who directs it. Paul Verhoven really put his stamp on it (love his satirical stuff about news and media and his crazy sci-fi make-up and special effects) and people should leave it alone.