Just in case you thought there was any chance that Darren Aronofsky might stay in the semi-indie mid to low budget realm in which he’s worked so far, this is your warning to get used to the idea of seeing the director’s name on big studio movies. Or, at least, come to terms with the fact that his next film will be a studio picture.

Looks like Mr. Aronofsky’s flirtation with Warner Bros. and Tales From the Gangster Squad was deeper than we’d thought, but the filmmaker has now turned down that project and is earnestly working on a deal to direct Wolverine 2 for Fox. Read More »

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I can’t tell if Tales From the Gangster Squad, based on a series of LA Times articles and intended as an ensemble ‘actor’s piece,’ is as much of a priority at Warner Bros. as news would make it seem, or if the film is just an easy headline. The script details an LAPD squad’s efforts to oppose the incursion of organized crime into the city of LA, and is said to be fantastic.

In the last couple weeks, perhaps motivated by the reception for The Town, the film was offered to Ben Affleck, and yesterday word came down that Warner Bros. lobbed it at Darren Aronofsky. But with Affleck passing and Aronofsky looking likely to take Wolverine 2 (what a strange world) WB reportedly has five more names on a list of possible directors. Read More »

Darren Aronofsky Offered Wolverine 2?

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In late August, it was reported that 20th Century Fox was looking at Darren Aronofsky and David Slade for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel, while Red director Robert Schwentke had been a frontrunner but dropped out. At the time, I didn’t put more weight to the report.

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At the end of June I reported on Tales From the Gangster Squad, a period piece picture being developed by Warner Bros. as “an action movie conceived as an ensemble piece for a group of top-level actors.”

The film would be based on a 2008 set of articles from the LA Times, and has reportedly been offered to Ben Affleck to direct. Read More »

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So, reportedly the Mafia Wars rumor that cropped up yesterday isn’t true, so we can breathe a sigh of relief that we may never see a film based on that particular bit of gangster fiction. But there are a million stories in the naked city, and Warner Bros. is said to be pulling a few of them together for Tales from the Gangster Squad, which would be “an action movie conceived as an ensemble piece for a group of top-level actors.” Read More »

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