Mark Romanek: I won't direct The Wolverine
The film, which will star Hugh Jackman, is due for release in 2012.
Romanek had reportedly been shortlisted for the director spot, but he told Digital Spy that he isn't taking on the role.
"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," he said.
Although the script was a "terrific version of that kind of thing", the helmer said he didn't feel passionate about the production.
Romanek is currently working on Locke & Key, a TV movie due for release this year which will star Jesse McCartney, Nick Stahl and Sarah Bolger.
He was nominated for the best director prize at the 2010 British Independent Film Awards for Never Let Me Go, which starred Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.