From Robocop to Preacher to Superman, Darren Aronofsky‘s name has been bandied about endlessly as a potential director for major geek titles, but thus far nothing has come of any of them. A recent offer threatened to change that though, with Fox granting him the reigns to the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel, should he choose to accept them. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. also wants him for Tales From the Gangster Squad, their high priority LA crime flick.

Well, this isn’t confirmation that Aronofsky has turned down those offers, but it’s a pretty strong indicator. Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros) confirmed in an interview that location scouting on The Tiger, Aronofsky’s previously announced adaptation of John Valiant’s The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, will commence in November, and that filming will begin early next year. Unless Fox and Warner Bros. are willing to wait around for Aronofsky to finish work on The Tiger—which is an unlikely prospect any way you look at it—I think we can expect to see those projects fast-tracked to other directors in the very near future. Read More »

Brad Pitt

Darren Aronofsky is still willing to work with Brad Pitt. Despite the fact that their collaboration on The Fountain went south, with Pitt departing before production began and Aronofsky eventually downscaling and recasting the movie. And despite the fact that Pitt also bailed on The Fighter, before Aronofsky left that movie and David O. Russell took over.

Now the pair are both attached to a Focus Features film called The Tiger, which is based on a forthcoming book called The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. The film is being groomed as a starring project for Pitt, and Aronofsky is attached to direct. Read More »