(Darren Aronofsky: No longer an “X” Man. (AP))

The New York Times and other outlets are reporting that Aronofsky has decided not to direct the comic book movie, another installment in the series of “X-Men” films that will focus on Hugh Jackman’s muscly mutant man with the mutton chops.

In a statement, Aronofsky attributed his decision to his desire to remain close to his family; he has a son, Henry, with ex-fiance Rachel Weisz, who co-starred alongside Jackman in Aronofsky’s “The Fountain.”

“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,” he said. “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.”

Production for “The Wolverine” had been slated to take place in Tokyo. Fox still intends to move forward with the movie and Jackman remains attached. Now all they need is a new director with the same singularity of vision.

Grousing from the geek squad about how this project could potentially turn into another debacle like ”X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is already in progress.