When Darren Aronofsky was 13-years-old, he won a United Nations poetry competition at his Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn school for a poem about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of Noah. And so started Aronofsky’s obsession with the biblical figure. In September we talked to Aronofsky about his idea for a film based on Noah:
“It’s the end of the world and it’s the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I’m not sure why any studio won’t want to make it,” said Aronofsky. “I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.”
Now Aronofsky tells RopesofSilicon that they have a “big movie star” attached, but wouldn’t reveal his name.
“We have a script actually, it is a script but there is more work to do. We’re actually going to do a graphic novel of it right now, we’re just starting it, and we’re hiring a writer,” Aronofsky said. “Eventually we’ll set it up, but we’re just figuring it out. It’s a very difficult film to get made and we’re slowly working on it to get it put together.”
This isn’t the first time that Aronofsky has turned to the world of comics. His initial version of The Fountain was released in graphic novel form by Vertigo Comics in 2005 after Brad Pitt left the project high and dry. Speaking of which, last week Darren told MTV that he would like to revisit The Fountain, and create an alternative cut with “with the addition of unused footage from the first go-round.” We, like many others were confused. Thankfully FirstShowing was able to talk to Aronofsky further about the idea.
“It’s something more for fans. I worked on the film for 6 years and it went through a lot of versions. And there was one version that was much closer to one of the scripts that we had. And we kind of chose between which way we would go with it and they both are kind of interesting. So I was always curious for myself to see what that alternative version would be. And we cut it actually recently, it’s done.” … “It’s very similar but it’s looking at a few things in a few different ways and answers a few questions for people and raises some new questions in other ways.”
The Fountain underperformed at the box office but has been gaining traction on DVD/Blu-ray. Hopefully Warner Bros might see enough demand to warrent a special edition release complete with alternative cut.
Darren Aronofsky tells MTV that he would like to revisit The Fountain at some point.
“It wouldn’t be a ‘director’s cut,’” he said — more like an alternate story told with the addition of unused footage from the first go-round. This would be a complicated project on a couple of levels, though, and it’s at least a few years away.”
For those who don’t remember, Brad Pitt pulled out of Aronofsky’s first attempt at filming The Fountain weeks before filming was supposed to begin. The eventual 2006 film was created with a smaller budget and different stars. They way I’ve understood it, scenes were changed and dropped due to the budgetary reasons (you can actually see something close to Aronofsky’s original vision of The Fountain in comic form) but I wasn’t aware that any footage had been shot from that initial effort. The film was passed over when it was released, but has found a growing cult following on DVD.
A revisited cut would be awesome, but my first thought is that Warner Bros won’t put the money up to make it happen. But who knows… The current DVD is a barebones release, and as the film’s popularity grows, there will be a growing demand for a special edition (finally combining the commentary Aronofsky recorded and put online). And with the evolution into a new format (Blu-ray), it might be a good idea for Warners to explore. Either way, it sounds like it might be years away.
Darren Aronofsky is the director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. His latest film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and was bought by Fox Searchlight the morning after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (You can read my review here). Earlier this week, I was granted the chance to sit down with Aronofsky for a half hour interview. You can read the first part and the second part of the interview at the provided links. Enjoy.
Peter Sciretta: Speaking of boxing. What’s going on with The Fighter?
Darren Aronofsky: We have a beautiful screenplay. It’s based on, you probably know, Mickey Ward. It’s a great great project. As I told you I love sports movies. Rudy and Chariots of Fire are some of my favorite films. Fighter is a great script. Scott Silver wrote it. He’s the guy who wrote Eight Mile. So we have a great script, we’re just trying to cast it and try and figure out how it’s going to get made.
Peter Sciretta: So right now is it kind of on the back burner? Last I heard that Mark Wahlberg was training?
Darren Aronofsky: Mark is training. Mark’s totally gung-ho, he just sent me text that he wants to see [the Wrestler] this week. So I guess I’ll set up a screening for him in L.A. He’s totally gung-ho and I think it’s a great project. It’s been in development so long there’s a lot of money against it already. They’re trying to figure that out but I’m ready to go on it.
Peter Sciretta: And when I first saw the rumors Robocop I was like “No way! This can’t be rea!?”
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Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2008 by David Chen
The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave, Devindra, and Adam chat with Myles McNutt about the new Fall TV season, remember everyone’s favorite movie trailer voice actor, Don LaFontaine, and get into a heated debate over The Fountain.
Join us next Monday night at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST as we review Bangkok Dangerous.
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The Fountain was one of my favorite movies of last year, but I have yet to buy the film on DVD. For a film fanatic with a DVD collection that reaches somewhere in the thousands, you might be wondering why I have chosen not to make the purchase. Simple: the lack of extensive dvd extras. The Fountain DVD that was released lacked much of anything, including a audio commentary. (Although, I have since heard that the documentary footage is worth the buy alone) I’ve been waiting for the special edition double dip that apparently isn’t going to ever happen.
Thankfully, Darren Aronofsky has decided to release the film’s commentary track himself on his new website. It seems like the track was actually recorded last year, which makes us wonder what Warner Bros real motive was in not including it on the DVD release. You can listen to the audio commentary online at DarrenAronofsky.com.
Eight years after his first feature screenplay Go played Sundance, John August returns with his directing debut The Nines.
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