After revealing footage from his upcoming robot-boxing drama ‘Real Steel’ at CinemaCon, Hugh Jackman spoke to EW about his X-Men spin-off ‘The Wolverine,’ which has seemingly been left in a pickle after Oscar nominated director Darren Aronofsky backed out of project just over a week ago, in addition to the recent tragedy’s in Japan:

“So now we’re out looking for a director,” Jackman shrugged. “We were pretty much ready to go. The script is fantastic — the best we’ve ever had, which is why it attracted Darren in the first place. His personal situation precludes him from doing it now, and I feel for him. But now we need to find a director.” Jackman wouldn’t cite any preference, but said the team is aiming for another prestige filmmaker, not just someone to yell “action” and “cut.”

“We’re not going to settle. We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good,” Jackman said. “Everyone is still pushing forward to getting it done.” The actor did acknowledge a little impatience, especially since he’s growing weary of his protein-powered, muscle-building diet. “I can’t be eating too many more chicken breasts,” he groaned.

‘The Wolverine’ is still scheduled for a 2012 release date. The script has been written by ‘The Usual Suspects’ scribe Christopher McQuarrie. It’s going to be extremely hard to find someone with Aronofsy’s chops to jump on board for this film. Personally he’s one of my top 3 directors working today.