One day, Darren Aronofsky will direct a superhero movie. After three close calls, it’s inevitable. Years ago the director was developing a film that eventually became Batman Begins. He was very close to making this summer’s The Wolverine and, it’s now been revealed, he was also a finalist to direct this week’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
Eventually Zack Snyder got the job, thanks to his previous relationship with Warner Bros. and the endorsement of producer Christopher Nolan, but Aronofsky was reportedly next in line. Read More »
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On November 1st 2012, I visited the set of The Wolverine in Sydney, Australia. To give you an idea of the timeline of my visit, Hurricane Sandy had just wreaked havoc in New York, and I woke up early one morning from the constant noises coming from my computer because I was getting so many notices of the breaking news that Disney had purchased LucasFilm and was making more Star Wars movies.
It is five in the morning and I’m standing in a street lined with Japanese houses covered with snow. The elaborate set was built in a huge parking lot that was built for the 2000 Olympic games. Flakes of snow fall as ninjas run and ride motorcycles along the rooftops. Hugh Jackman is hanging off the top of a snow plow as it barrels down the street, away from a crowd of masked ninjas. Jackman, employing safety harnesses, flips to his feet on top of the snowplow and “activates” his claws. The second unit director calls “cut”, and Hugh notices our little grouping of press off in the corner and yells out “So you guys a pulling an all nighter? Why don’t you put some ninja suits on and get in the action?”
After the jump you will find a compilation of interesting facts I learned while visiting the set.
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UPDATE: Darren Aronofsky commented on Twitter about this work. Read his quote below.
Long before Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins hit theaters, director Darren Aronofsky almost made his own take on Batman. After finishing Requiem For A Dream in 2000, the director was developing a screen adaptation of Frank Miller‘s milestone Batman story Batman: Year One. He co-wrote a screenplay with Miller and began conceiving he look of the film before Warner Bros. pulled the plug in favor of Nolan.
Luckily, things worked out not only for the director, but for Miller, Nolan, and Batman as a character. Still, the dream of an Aronofsky-directed superhero movie continues to elude us. (Don’t forget he was also going to direct The Wolverine before leaving that project.) Now a slew of concept images have come online giving us a tiny glimpse at what the man who’d later direct The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan had in mind for the Caped Crusader. Read More »
It’s that time of year again. We’re in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, an industry-only convention (formerly called ShoWest) for movie theater owners and distributors. The Hollywood studios come here each year with their biggest stars and clips from upcoming films, hoping to impress the theater owners into booking their “products” in the coming year. For example, last year we saw footage from films that were in production and weren’t set to be released until late 2013. Some studios also present unfinished cuts of their films super-early. This year Pixar is screening Monsters University, for example.
The opening night of CinemaCon 2013 featured a presentation by Paramount Pictures. They screened a reel with brief clips from a ton of upcoming films including Darren Aroofsky’s Noah and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day. They also presented 18 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D, three clips from World War Z, and Michael Bay premiered his film Pain & Gain. After the jump you will be able to read my first reaction to Bay’s latest, along with a video blog I recorded with Alex from FirstShowing giving our thoughts about everything screened.
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You might consider it a given that Clint Mansell would score Noah for Darren Aronofsky, as the two have a long-established working partnership that is beginning to resemble the creative marriage between Joel and Ethan Coen and Carter Burwell. In fact, “marriage” is exactly the word Aronofsky uses to describe his work with both Mansell and frequent cinematographer Matty Libatique.
During a filmmaking master class given at the Marrakech Film Festival, Aronofsky recently talked about his entire career, and confirmed that Mansell will score Noah. In doing so he also talked about the nature of his work with the composer, and the quotes are not the boilerplate “we work well together” stuff we hear from most directors. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
While it’s understandable that some diehard fans think the very idea of another Star Wars trilogy is unforgivable sacrilege, we’re more inclined to think it could be an unexpected blessing. Disney’s got their hands on one of the richest mythologies in pop culture, and enough clout that it can book some serious talent to do it justice. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of ten filmmakers we’d love to see explore a galaxy far, far away — and five we’d rather stayed here on Earth. Hit the jump to read.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve seen the ark, we’ve seen Noah, and we’ve seen his friends and family. Now a new batch of set photos reveals the big scary villain that Russell Crowe‘s lead character will be up against. No, not the flood: Ray Winstone was revealed this summer as Tubal-cain, the apparently human nemesis to Crowe’s man of faith. Specifics on his character are hard to come by at this point, but judging by these images he’ll be getting roughed up quite a bit. Check them out after the jump.
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If you’ve been wondering how Darren Aronofky‘s film Noah will hand the whole “ark full of animals” part of the story of Noah, the photo above (seen in full below) will put the question to rest. Director of Photography Matthew Libatique posted the photo of the interior of the ark today, and we can see what looks like hints of enough reptiles to fill a couple zoos. Read More »