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Title: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on May 22, 2003, 03:15:25 AM
Darren Aronofsky Directing Lone Wolf Adaptation

Paramount and the Mutual Film Company have tapped Darren Aronofsky to develop and direct a live-action adaptation of Lone Wolf and Cub, the Kazuo Koike-created graphic novel collection, says Variety.

The story revolves around a disgraced 17th century samurai who travels around Japan as an assassin for hire as he tries to clear his family's name. His companion is his 3-year-old son, whose mother has been killed.

Koike's samurai tale is expected to be contemporized by Aronofsky and his Protozoa partner Eric Watson, who'll produce.

Originated in Japan, the series has been published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics. The 28-volume series has sold 15 million copies worldwide.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Ghostboy on May 22, 2003, 03:21:41 AM
Mac, I'm shocked! You report on both Richard Kelly and Arronofsky in the space of a few minutes, but fail to mention the recent announcenment that they're BOTH attached to the adaptation of Vonnegut's 'Cat's Cradle' (Kelly scripting, Arronofsky directing).

Of course, in the time that it's taken me to type this, you've probably already beaten me to it.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on May 22, 2003, 03:29:46 AM
From Aronofsky.net:

CAT'S CRADLE.
Johnathon Bing over at Variety published a story about "Leonardo DiCaprio's production shingle, Appian Way" and some of Appian's current projects. The following is one of the films mentioned, which certainly warrants your interest:

"Cat's Cradle," an adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel. Richard Kelly is writing and Darren Aronofsky is planning to direct.

That's it. Nothing else written on the project. Nada. Personally, if this news turns out to be true, I'm completely hyped. I personally think Vonnegut is a brilliant author and Donnie Darko (written and directed by Richard Kelly) is an amazing movie and one of my recent favorite flicks.
Check back soon as more comes in on this story and hopefully we'll find out what it means for Aronofsky's Flicker.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: RegularKarate on May 22, 2003, 11:45:02 AM
True dat...

what a great trio... Vonnegut, Kelly, and Aaronofski?  
Probably too good to be true though.

Think the other Aaronofski project looks cool too... like to make up for him not doing batman.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: godardian on May 22, 2003, 11:56:58 AM
Quote from: RegularKarate
True dat...

what a great trio... Vonnegut, Kelly, and Aaronofski?  
Probably too good to be true though.


That's the downside of our Web-access portentions of future screen projects... sometimes they come true, sometimes they don't. I'll be pretty disappointed if this one doesn't come true. It sounds like something of a dream-team situation.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Duck Sauce on May 22, 2003, 01:22:53 PM
Fucking awesome news, I cant wait to watch this unfold and then Brad Pitt ruin it somehow.... Any ideas about casting/shooting?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: NEON MERCURY on June 01, 2003, 10:15:44 PM
Ummm...I just wanted something more "official"  rather than an "Aronofsky Update" subject header.  He is currently THE BEST NEW DIRECTOR OUT THERE (imo)... so hence this more  "formal" subject header.
BTW-rent/buy- Below- he co-wrote this and his presence is felt (cool little thriller)
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: bonanzataz on June 01, 2003, 10:22:59 PM
oh yeah. i kind of wanted to see below and then completely forgot about it.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: ono on June 01, 2003, 10:29:32 PM
I really disagree with him being the "best new director out there," but he does show potential.  Pi, though admirable in that he made it on a shoestring budget, was weak in story, in mathematics, in execution, and in ending.  And there were way too many threads Aronofsky didn't follow, opting to go for the simple thriller route.

I blind bought the Pi DVD, thinking I'd love it because of its mathematical bent, and its buzz, and I just simply liked it.  Nothing more.  But I kept seeing things that could have made it better.  To show you how forgettable it is, though, consider that I just made a thread about Blind Buy DVDs, and I totally forgot to mention Pi in my assessment.

Requiem for a Dream, however, is another story.  It is probably one of the most important, riveting, wrenching films ever made, and the cinematography, editing, acting, and directing are all top-notch.  This is the DVD I should have bought instead of Pi, and I will soon enough.  It's just so hard to watch this movie multiple times because the ending is so dreary.

So yeah, Aronofsky is good, but he'll have to hit a homerun next time up, so to speak, to be considered a great new filmmaker.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: NEON MERCURY on June 01, 2003, 10:51:40 PM
ONOMATOPOEIA:
You have made some good points(i.e. different directions/triller cop-out) but keep in mind it is a low budget  film so that should give it some sort of immunity.  With the low budget I still cannot believe how POWERFUL this film is!  I love the nausiating/dizziness this film gives you it's a rollercoaster.  The powerdrill scene is so damn crazy.  YOu hear the sound of the drill, then see the sucker pointed at his head the after(effects) are wild man. The  cinematography was nice(it's i different feel of black &white), the SOUND/EFFECTS  are well done- acting's well...marginable, you' ll finish this film (IMO) that you watched some thing new, imaginative, special, and a hope that he will have a great sophmore effort-which he did and he well exceeded expectations(i know you mentioned your admiration for Requiem which both me and you see eye to eye)(or monitor to monitor) :wink:   But nonetheless-with those two films I believe he is the most talented new comer.  Also, I believe "The Fountain" is NOT completely drained  and "Flicker" seems to be right up his alley.(I cannot rmember exact plot points of this film but when I first read it-it sound perfect for him).  So there seems to be some hope that my opinion is correct-only time will tel.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on June 12, 2003, 03:22:34 PM
I believe Aronofsky is excellent, and a quick question, what are some other movies he's done other than Pi and Requiem For A Dream, if anyone knows?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Sleuth on June 12, 2003, 03:23:31 PM
Macguffin says:  http://us.imdb.com/Name?Aronofsky,+Darren
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pastor Parsley on June 13, 2003, 12:51:30 PM
Aronofsky's good but I wouldn't consider him great.  He definitely shows a lot of promise and I'm hoping he will really grow as his experience increases.  I loved both Pi and Requiem (own them both), but neither really holds up well to repeated viewings.  

Requiem is very powerful but after viewing a few times it begins to fall apart at the seams.  It's obvious to me that there were serious story or editing problems that had to be bandaged in post production.  The disorienting style covers up many of them nicely but, when viewed enough that the shock value wears off, the seams begin to show.

Has anyone seen his earlier films Supermarket Sweep or Protozoa?  What are they about?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: godardian on June 13, 2003, 05:26:34 PM
Is Aronofsky still on for a Batman sequel? Or am I, like, way behind and that's just a really stupid question? Anyone heard anything?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on June 13, 2003, 05:37:59 PM
it doesnt look like it.  WB is now looking to put the CHRISTOPHER NOLAN one into production as soon as it can.  and since his will sort of re-invent the series as well as Aronofsky's Year One would have, they dont want to put both of these out.  *sigh  the best batman that never was.

ps. it wasnt going to be a sequel a la Batman 5 or something. they were starting over and going back to tell the origins of the character and his first year of crimefighting as batman (hence Batman: Year One).
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on June 13, 2003, 09:40:19 PM
Nolan is still a great director, but I'd love to see Batman with an Aronofsky touch.

Maybe a Batman with a Spike Lee touch.   :roll:
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Xixax on June 14, 2003, 12:12:46 AM
Aronofsky's style would have rocked a Batman film. No doubt. He's one of my top five favorites.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: bonanzataz on June 14, 2003, 01:17:26 AM
Quote from: Pastor Parsley
Aronofsky's good but I wouldn't consider him great.  He definitely shows a lot of promise and I'm hoping he will really grow as his experience increases.  I loved both Pi and Requiem (own them both), but neither really holds up well to repeated viewings.  

Requiem is very powerful but after viewing a few times it begins to fall apart at the seams.  It's obvious to me that there were serious story or editing problems that had to be bandaged in post production.  The disorienting style covers up many of them nicely but, when viewed enough that the shock value wears off, the seams begin to show.

Has anyone seen his earlier films Supermarket Sweep or Protozoa?  What are they about?


what story problems are there? if you don't mind sharing.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on June 16, 2003, 02:26:44 PM
on the daily show....

Guy Pearce: "Chris Nolan seems to think I'd make a good Batman."
Jon Stewart: "When did you turn that down?"
Guy Pearce: "I haven't yet".
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Sleuth on June 16, 2003, 04:34:56 PM
I saw that interview and I didn't hear that part
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on June 16, 2003, 05:35:51 PM
it was up at www.darkhorizons.com
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pastor Parsley on June 18, 2003, 04:42:25 PM
Quote from: bonanzataz
what story problems are there? if you don't mind sharing.


Well, it seems to me, that the film is about people trying desperately to fulfill their dreams.  The main problem I see is what exactly their dreams were, are dropped from the film quite abruptly......then they added reminders later.  Since their dreams are related to the central theme, it would be useful if we clearly understood them....'what's their story?'

What happened to the clothing design shop?  That's the the couples big dream....it's mentioned twice and then dropped completely.  It seemed like they added the photo montage of them in the shop just to fill this forgotten gap.  The same thing with Wayans character.  It seems like they realized, we knew little to nothing about him....hardly any character development...and so they added footage later with him as a boy with his mother, once when he was playing with 'his new mirrors', and again at the end.  All of these seem inserted, and maybe even shot after filming ended, to tie up the loose ends.  Maybe they planned it this way but it seems like a fix to me.

We are supposed to feel for these characters loosing their dreams, but their dreams are mentioned haphazardly and only a few times.  

That said, I know I'm a film snob and most of the time I'm full of crap.

p.s. has anyone noticed the yellow color fades added to frame up the sequences in the begining (as they push the t.v.) they have such a great effect on the composition.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Derek on June 18, 2003, 06:53:13 PM
Requiem's score is killer, though knocked out at first, I agree with the Pastor on this one. It doesn't hold up well to repeat viewings. But, I love the movie's dark, fading-daylight in a rotting city atmosphere that drips off the screen. It would have fared better with less hip-hop montage, I think.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pastor Parsley on June 18, 2003, 07:04:15 PM
Quote from: Derek
I love the movie's dark, fading-daylight in a rotting city atmosphere that drips off the screen.


I agree, it's beautiful.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on June 18, 2003, 10:32:39 PM
i've only seen it twice so i wouldnt know.  opening night in the theatre, and at midnite when the dvd was released.  it held up for those 2 viewings.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pastor Parsley on June 19, 2003, 11:23:44 AM
Has anyone seen Supermarket Sweep or Protozoa?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Duck Sauce on June 19, 2003, 12:36:37 PM
Quote from: Pastor Parsley
Has anyone seen Supermarket Sweep or Protozoa?


Harvard has a copy
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: NEON MERCURY on June 20, 2003, 11:43:23 AM
i think it holds up quite well for many repeated viewings( ON A TECHNICAL/VISUAL LEVEL)  it all depends really on how much you like this film........i loved this film and Aronofsky's style so damn energetic and frantic.  i never get tired of watching this or pi it is a really neat/cool film to view over and over.........

Parsley-i see your point- but........imo it(character development) was executied nicely for the style of the film being presented the way it was-FAST PACED and he didnot need to delve as much as one would need/think to into character development for the vibe/feel of this film. He knocks you off your feet and you can't get up until the end.........POWERFUL STUFF.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: aclockworkjj on June 21, 2003, 12:31:53 AM
10:32......press return:
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: NEON MERCURY on November 02, 2003, 01:19:58 AM
DOES ANYONE(i.e. MacGuffin) HAVE A CLUE ABOUT HIS NEXT FILM?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on November 02, 2003, 01:34:55 AM
LAST I HEARD WAS POSTED HERE:

http://xixax.com/viewtopic.php?t=238&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: molly on November 02, 2003, 03:40:21 AM
I thought that the whole purpose of the Internet was that you wouldn't have to yell from one hill to another.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: cine on November 02, 2003, 04:48:24 AM
Speak up. You're too quiet. [/b]
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on November 02, 2003, 06:54:51 AM
Quote from: molly
I thought that the whole purpose of the Internet was that you wouldn't have to yell from one hill to another.


No, the whole purpose of the internet is, as much as I heard, porn sites.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: bonanzataz on November 02, 2003, 07:24:58 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
Speak up. You're too quiet. [/b]


i'm reminded of that show, trigger happy tv, where the guy walks around with a huge cell phone and screaming.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Derek on January 11, 2004, 01:24:17 PM
Last night I saw the Kronos Quartet perform a new composition in concert. For those who don't know, they performed Clint Mansell's compositions for the Requiem score. It was a fantastic show, they're really tight.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Stefen on January 11, 2004, 07:38:43 PM
Quote from: Derek
Last night I saw the Kronos Quartet perform a new composition in concert. For those who don't know, they performed Clint Mansell's compositions for the Requiem score. It was a fantastic show, they're really tight.


I wonder if the Kronos Quartet are getting lots of money from the lord of the rings marketing campaigns.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Ravi on January 13, 2004, 07:36:06 PM
I finally saw Pi.  Good movie, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it.  He uses similar techniques in Requiem, such as the quick cuts of the guy taking the pill and the weird first person camera thing.  Was Seconds the first movie to use that?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: kotte on January 13, 2004, 07:38:07 PM
Quote from: Ravi
I finally saw Pi.  Good movie, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it.  He uses similar techniques in Requiem, such as the quick cuts of the guy taking the pill and the weird first person camera thing.  Was Seconds the first movie to use that?


You mean the cool-named "Snorry cam"?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Ravi on January 13, 2004, 07:41:56 PM
Quote from: kotte
Quote from: Ravi
I finally saw Pi.  Good movie, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it.  He uses similar techniques in Requiem, such as the quick cuts of the guy taking the pill and the weird first person camera thing.  Was Seconds the first movie to use that?


You mean the cool-named "Snorry cam"?


If that is what it is called, yes.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: kotte on January 13, 2004, 07:48:56 PM
It's kinda cool how they attach this, from the looks of it, heavy rig on the actor.

I think the first was Mean Streets

They also used it in a Mick Jagger video and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: eward on January 13, 2004, 08:30:25 PM
Quote from: kotte

I think the first was Mean Streets


yeah thats the earliest film ive ever seen use it.....
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Ravi on January 13, 2004, 11:12:48 PM
It was used in Seconds, made in 1966, perhaps before the "Snorrycam" moniker.

http://www.filmfreakcentral.net/dvdreviews/seconds.htm

In a way, the film is more Howe's than Frankenheimer's, with most of the director's visual hallmarks (wide angle, deep focus, forced perspective) subsumed by Howe's experimentation with long tracks (all the more impressive for the lack of a Steadicam), body-mounted POV shots (which Frankenheimer does insert at one point in a hotel stairwell in 1964's The Train), and the newly-invented 9mm ('fish-eye') lens.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on January 28, 2004, 10:44:53 AM
Sussman Adapting Simmons' Song of Kali
Source: Variety

Screenwriter Lucas Sussman will adapt Dan Simmons' novel Song of Kali for Darren Aronofsky's New Regency-based Protozoa Pictures, says Variety.

Aronofsky and Eric Watson will produce the film, which follows an American poet who travels with his Indian wife and their baby to Calcutta. He's supposed to be picking up an Indian writer's epic poem cycle about the goddess Kali, an ancient Indian deity of evil whose only clothing is a girdle made of dead men's hands. When he arrives, however, he finds the poet has disappeared under mysterious circumstances involving a cult that worships the goddess.

Sussman previously collaborated with Aronofsky on the David Twohy-helmed submarine thriller Below. He also recently completed the sci-fi Western Silver for Fox-based Firm Films.

Regency is also developing the conspiracy thriller Flicker with Aronofsky and Jim Uhls (Fight Club) scripting. The story, told through the eyes of an obsessed Los Angeles film student, is that B movies are part of a plot to destroy life on Earth.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: NEON MERCURY on January 28, 2004, 11:17:41 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin


Regency is also developing the conspiracy thriller Flicker with Aronofsky and Jim Uhls (Fight Club) scripting. The story, told through the eyes of an obsessed Los Angeles film student, is that B movies are part of a plot to destroy life on Earth.


..sounds like everyone here...... :wink: ......


seriously, this is awesome....thanks Mac..............damn...us aronofsky fans are fortunate..... 8)
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Ghostboy on April 22, 2004, 10:47:57 AM
Yet another project added to his plate: Watchmen.

http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=17410

If this happens, and if the script is as good as people say it is, this will be great. Maybe.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on April 22, 2004, 11:01:05 AM
Quote from: Ghostboy
Yet another project added to his plate: Watchmen.

http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=17410

If this happens, and if the script is as good as people say it is, this will be great. Maybe.

that would be really really great, if aronofsky finally brought that to the screen.. with its coolness intact.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Stefen on April 22, 2004, 10:58:03 PM
You really can't trust anything aintitcool says though. I'll believe it when Macguffin posts it.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: SHAFTR on April 23, 2004, 09:29:52 AM
Quote from: Ghostboy
Yet another project added to his plate: Watchmen.

http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=17410

If this happens, and if the script is as good as people say it is, this will be great. Maybe.


ooo, I own that comic book.  This is exciting.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on February 16, 2006, 12:12:21 AM
Aronofsky inks first-look deal with Uni family
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Darren Aronofsky has signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

The deal calls for Aronofsky, producer partner Eric Watson and their Protozoa Pictures to not only develop and produce pictures for Universal but also for sister companies Focus Features and Rogue Pictures.

"Darren and Eric are truly gifted filmmakers and have a voice that is distinct, daring, and uniquely their own," Universal president of production Jon Gordon said. "I have wanted to be in business with these guys for a long time so being able to have them call the Universal family home makes me very proud."

Protozoa has no projects yet at Universal but an announcement is expected soon.

Aronofsky broke on to the scene with the award-winning "Pi," and followed that up with the equally acclaimed "Requiem for a Dream." He is in postproduction on "The Fountain," a sci-fi epic staring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

Aronofsky and Watson have several projects in development around town including "Flicker," Jim Uhl's adaptation of the Theodore Rozak horror suspense novel centered around a shadowy Catholic sect's plot to use Hollywood to usher in the apocalypse, set up at Regency; "Song of Kali," an adaptation of Dan Simmons' novel set in the slums of Calcutta, also at Regency; and "Black Flies," a coming-of-age story about a young man who enlists as a New York paramedic, set up at Paramount.

On the TV front, the two are developing "Riverview," a pilot for HBO written by John McLaughlin about a haunted New York housing project.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on February 16, 2006, 10:21:17 AM
universal just did that so that focus could stay in the game!  they didnt want para classics or warner indie swallowing him up like all the other cool directors!
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on April 17, 2006, 02:29:53 PM
Uni bags Sussman 'Hunt' pitch

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Universal Pictures has pre-emptively acquired Lucas Sussman's pitch "The Hunt," paying a mid-six-figure advance against a high-six-figure payout if the film is produced.

The supernatural adventure centers on the world's greatest hunter, who sets out to capture the ultimate beast: the devil himself.

It will be produced by "Requiem for a Dream" director Darren Aronofsky and business partner Eric Watson through their Universal-based Protozoa Pictures shingle. Protozoa is no stranger to the horror genre, having produced the spooky underwater drama "Below" for Dimension Films.

Sussman's credits include "Song of Kali," which Protozoa is developing at Fox-based Regency Enterprises. He also co-wrote "Below" with Aronofsky and David Twohy.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on June 01, 2006, 10:22:12 PM
Weisz gives birth to son

British actress Rachel Weisz, a recent Oscar winner for her role in "The Constant Gardener," has given birth to her first child, a son fathered by filmmaker fiance Darren Aronofsky, her publicist said on Thursday.

The baby was born on Wednesday in New York City, where the couple live together, spokeswoman Mara Buxbaum told Reuters, adding that mother and child were both "happy, healthy, wonderful." She declined to give further details about the birth or the baby's name.

Confirmation of the birth came shortly after Us Weekly magazine broke the news in an account attributed to an unnamed close friend of the actress, and People magazine followed with its own report from the star's publicist.
 
Weisz, 35, first revealed her pregnancy in January on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," where she also gushed about her relationship with the Brooklyn-born Aronofsky, 37.

"I found myself a sophisticated, educated American," she said then. "He's not an actor. He's traveled the world. He knows where Europe is, unlike a lot of Americans. He's very cultured, but he's all man."

Weisz won the Academy Award as best supporting actress in March for her portrayal of a British diplomat's wife who is murdered in Africa while investigating the shady dealings of an international pharmaceutical company.

Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, "The Constant Gardener" was based on a novel by John le Carre.

Weisz, a London native of Hungarian and Austrian parentage, previously appeared in such films as "The Mummy" "Enemy at the Gates" and "Runaway Jury." The dark-haired actress also is a spokeswoman for Revlon cosmetics.

Her next big-screen appearance will be opposite actor Hugh Jackman in "The Fountain," written and directed by Aronofsky. His previous credits include "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream."
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on January 04, 2007, 02:21:43 AM
Wanna ask Darren Aronofsky a Question??
Source: Moviehole

You got something to say to director Darren Aronofsky?

We’re letting YOU ask a question to one of the best filmmakers in the Wood they call Holly.

Whether it is about his classic “Requiem for a Dream”, his one-time plans to bring “Batman” to the multiplex, or his latest film, “The Fountain”, Moviehole is letting you play interviewee.

We will select 20 questions – so make them good - and they’ll be given to Darren to answer. But don't just sit there...

Send your question, as well as your name and where you live, to Clint@moviehole.net with the title “To Darren Aronofsky”.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: squints on January 04, 2007, 09:52:04 PM
"So what is the Fountain really about?"
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: hedwig on January 04, 2007, 09:56:26 PM
"why don't you do more interviews?"
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on January 05, 2007, 01:23:24 AM
I sent in: Has fatherhood changed you as a filmmaker? If so, how?

Really wanted to ask: How did you bag Rachel Weisz?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on January 29, 2007, 12:39:19 AM
I thought my Q was a shoo-in...  :yabbse-undecided:


Ask a Celeb : Darren Aronofsky's Answers!
Source: Moviehole


20 QUESTIONS WITH DARREN ARONOFSKY

You Asked. He Answered. Yep, the first of our ‘Ask our Celeb’ features is complete. Here are director Darren Aronofsky’s responses to all you folks that sent him a question to answer. And don’t forget to check out his new pic “The Fountain” at a theatre near you.

Jonathan Adams, W.A : Word is that those at Comic Con last year got treated to a 10minute preview of the film and LOVED IT. I also hear that some of the webmasters - Clint? Assumingly, too? - got to see the WHOLE uncut version of the film there. Now, how important is THAT audience... the COMIC-CON Audience?
Darren : The on-line community is a young, hip, independent, neuvo-dork audience that I am a proud member of. It was important to me to reach out to the community since they have been deeply supportive of Requiem, Pi and the making of The Fountain. So it was a thrill to show the film to the authors of many of the websites I visit all the time.

Ben : If I remember correctly, you came up with the idea whilst watching "The Matrix" with Jared Leto at a cinema. So, why isn't Jared in the film? Was he ever considered? - Ben.
Darren: I really really wanted to work with an Australian actor, since Ozzies make the best actors. Hugh was the obvious choice.

John, Sydney : What are your thoughts on the comparisons that people make between “The Fountain” and Kubrick's “2001”?
Darren : Way premature.

Flassy, Wellington, NZ : Thanks for casting New Zealand's Cliff Curtis in the movie. What was it about Cliff that you liked?
Darren : He's a tremendous versatile artist.

Marie, Coff’s Harbord : Did you look at any similar movies in your preparation for "The Fountain" and also, how long did it take to write the script?
Darren : Many movies inspired The Fountain. Herzog's Aguirre, Leone's Once Upon a Time In America, Jodorowski's The Holy Mountain to name a few. I wrote and re-wrote The Fountain pretty continuously from 1999-2005.

Andy Glass : Hi Darren, I am a big fan of yours. I especially love the music in that you have used in your films so far. What can you tell me about the process of creating the soundtrack for your films?
Darren : Making the music is always a war. Clint and I really push each other to do work unlike what we have done before. I get Clint involved at the story level and he's there till pretty much the end.

Rob : Here is my question for Mr. Aronofsky: Darren, from what I have seen in all three of your films, the most interesting aspect to me is how you seem to play with the theme of obsession versus absence. Your protagonists have a particular obsession that drives them to the edge, but this obsession seems to be a means of filling a void or absence in their personal lives. For example, Max in Pi pushes himself to find this theoretical code to existence that suddenly shows up on his computer, but his drive seems motivated at points in reaction to his inability to cope with his desires for his neighbour Devi. If this is the case, do you intentionally give your characters these grand desires and diminish them with such basis human follies or is it something that inadvertently shows up in your work?
Darren : Wow, quite the question. Thank you for thinking about my work it is flattering. I do spend a lot of time thinking about the characters and what drives, what they love and hate, what they want and don't want. But to be honest so much of the writing especially when it's good is unconscious and i never really know what the film is until it is done anyway. So, I guess it's a combo.

Mrs Caffeinated Clint : How did being a parent affect your professional life? Did you find that being a father gave you less time to work on your projects – how else did it change your life?
Darren : Time will tell. New father, no idea yet.

Candace : I'm so sad that you never got to make this film in Australia. Will you try and make something else, here?
Darren : I loved living and working in Oz. The crew we had was some of the best mates I've ever had. I was just learning to surf when they shut us down so yes I'd love to come back.

Melanie, Benalla : Is there an actor you haven't worked with yet that you'd like to?
Darren : Many. Russell Crowe to start.

Daniel, Melbourne : What was your take on Batman going to be like? Were you going in the direction Chris Nolan went, or would you have retained some of the dark fantasy feel that Tim Burton brought to the character? What villain(s)would have been there to battle Batman, and would you have retold the origin story, or pulled a Singer and made your film a continuation of the past series?
Darren : I was never planning to direct Year One. I was more interested in writing a screenplay with Frank Miller on Batman. My pitch was always very realistic. I wasn't interested in fantasy, I was interested in the psychology of a real man dressing in a disguise to pay out real vengeance. The batmobile was a souped up lincoln continental with a bus engine. It was technical and rusty and extremely violent. They would have never let us have violence.

Christopher, Kew, Victoria : Why did you decide on Jackman and Weisz for the lead roles in "The Fountain"?
Darren : Jackman is the greatest entertainer in the world right now and Rachel is one of the great beauties to ever inhabit the silver screen.

Derek Green : Dear Mr. Aronofsky, You make what many could say as "risky" films, as they advance your unique and creative vision and do not conform to any Hollywood mold. As an aspiring filmmaker myself, how were you able to effectively make the artistically free films that we see today? What's the secret to breaking in and doing what you do?
Darren : Direct from your heart. Tell the story you want to tell your friends, your family. Don't worry about what might sell in China, tell your personal story. The more honest you get the more it will connect.

Jeannette, Ivanhoe : Darren, can we get an update on "Lone Wold and Cub" and "Black Flies"? I so can't wait to see the movie versions of those
Darren : Both being written.

Peter, Footscray : Could you have done this movie say, in the 1980s? Or is it only possible to do now - with all the technology?
Darren : I could have done it but it would have been different. Always take advantage of what's around you in the Now.

John, North Ryde, NSW : Hi Darren, I heard that “The Fountain” took over 6 years to make. What was the experience of making this film compared to your past films such as “Pi” and “Requiem for A Dream”?
Darren : It's all the same. Work Work and More Work.

Martin, East Brunswick : Will there be an extended cut of film on DVD, and are you doing a commentary?
Darren : The cut in the cinema is MY final cut. You are seeing the finished film on the screen and it will be the same on the dvd. There will not be a commentary.

Warlock, Wgga Wagga, NSW : I hear you're involved in a film called "The Hunt" - but I don't know any more about it than the title. Can you fill us in?
Darren : The Hunt is a great action film in the spirit of Predator. It is being scripted by Lucas Sussman a college roommate of mine and the project is at Universal.

Oliver : Do you still make short films, if so, why?
Darren : Haven't in awhile.

Mario Z, Vienna : My name is Mario. I am from Vienna, Austria and here is my question for Darren Aronofsky: Mr Aronofsky, Im looking forward to your new film “The Fountain”. I would like to know where did you get your inspiration for this very complex and ambitious story? Thanks in advance!
Darren : Mario - got the idea in a flash. Go see it and you will see what I mean.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on January 29, 2007, 04:23:58 AM
I thought my Q was a shoo-in...  :yabbse-undecided:
maybe this will explain it:

Darren: I really really wanted to work with an Australian actor, since Ozzies make the best actors.
all the questions seem to have been from australians, with the exception of that kiwi and the random Vienna dude. wtf?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on January 29, 2007, 12:01:31 PM
all the questions seem to have been from australians, with the exception of that kiwi and the random Vienna dude. wtf?

I noticed that too. If I had known, I would've had you send it in.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on February 08, 2007, 07:12:46 PM
Title: A Darren Aronofsky Collection
Released: 27th March 2007
SRP: $14.98

Further Details:
Lionsgate has announced the upcoming release of A Darren Aronofsky Collection for 27th March, the collection will include: π (Pi) and the unrated directors cut of Requiem for a Dream. Both films will be presented in Dolby 2.0 with optional English subtitles. Special features for Requiem for a Dream are expected to be: a directory commentary, a cinematographer commentary, a making-of documentary, deleted scenes (with optional director commentary) and two featurettes (“Memories, Dreams and Addictions: Ellen Burstyn interviews Hubert Selby, Jr.” and The Anatomy of a Scene). π's extra features will include: a director commentary, an actor commentary, a behind-the-scenes montage, lost scenes and a music video. This boxed set will be made available as a collectable foil 'O-ring' package.

http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/a-darren-aronofsky-collection.html
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on February 08, 2007, 09:33:14 PM
this has been available here forever. it's prolly the best bargain-bin find ever.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on March 01, 2007, 02:27:07 PM
zodiac

hey, saw fincher's new film last night. best thing i've seen in a long time.
it is a tremendous freakin' film.
make sure you go out and support it.

tonight i am seeing 300. excited about that one as well.

i am leaving for belgrade this weekend. anyone live there?

da

more stuff

hello all-

how you all doing? i've been all right. doing a lot of writing, a bunch of reading, and a full time attempt at living.

went to rio for carnival. now that is really worth a trip. just true insanity. a beautiful testament to what people can do if they're not off killing each other.

concerning some dvd questions:
1. I do believe there is going to be an HD-DVD, and because it has more storage space it will have some additional extra things.
2. To be clear, there is no pre-pg-13 cut. The cut that was in the cinema was MY FINAL CUT. I made all the decisions on it (with my team of course) but creatively it was the filmmaker's vision. This is the same cut you will all see on DVD and the HD-DVD. What happened is this: originally we were given an R rating. I went back to the MPAA and with a little negotiating the film got a PG-13 rating. This was the rating I had always wanted for the film and so I made an effort to get it. But the film was in no way creatively effected. So to be clear, there was NO studio pressure it was purely my choice to try to get a PG-13 rating. Many teenagers were writing asking for me to help them out. So what you saw in the cinema and what you will see at home is the DIRECTOR'S FINAL CUT.

Thanks for listening to that rant, just wanted to make things clear.

As far as the next film. Stand by, we are close...

http://blog.myspace.com/darrenaronofsky
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on January 09, 2009, 12:04:13 AM
Darren Aronofsky Provides Update On ‘Lone Wolf And Cub’ Movie Status
Source: MTV

On the very short list of “Directors We’d Like To See Tackle A Comic Book Movie,” Darren Aronofsky has a permanent spot among the top three names. Sure, he directed 2006’s “The Fountain” and wrote the accompanying Vertigo graphic novel, but we’re talking more along the lines of a spandex-clad, super-powered do-gooder out for justice. We got close to our wish back in ‘02 when Aronofsky was rumored to direct an adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic “Batman: Year One” series, but that project eventually fell by the wayside.

However, we occasionally hear blips on the comic book film radar about a possible adaptation of the iconic manga series “Lone Wolf & Cub,” which follows a disgraced Shogun’s executioner on a quest for vengeance with his three-year-old son in tow. And while Aronofsky has stated that “Lone Wolf & Cub” isn’t on his upcoming slate of films, it never hurts to check in with him in regards to the manga masterpiece.

“I’d love to do that. It’s one of [Japan's] great pieces of literature. ” Aronofsky told MTV. But will we ever see his take on the adventures of Ogami Itto and his son, Daigoro?

“The rights from Japan were never cleared,” Aronofsky related. “They tried for a while. I don’t think it’s getting out of there anytime soon.”

Looks like we’ll just have to settle for a spandex-clad Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” for the time being…
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Bethie on March 10, 2009, 02:39:28 AM
James Franco getting coffee with Aronofsky. Just cream and sugar or perhaps a latte? aka, something more.



http://www.popsugar.com/2893962  (http://www.popsugar.com/2893962)
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Stefen on March 10, 2009, 08:13:38 AM
I wonder if Darren told him to watch it with the whole milk. Skim, James. SKIM.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on September 21, 2009, 06:15:13 PM
Darren Aronofsky Takes On the World's Biggest Heist
by Elisabeth Rappe; Cinematical

You'll never be able to predict what kind of story Darren Aronofsky will tackle next. He's gone from math to ballet without blinking an eye, and is now planning to tell the tale of the world's biggest bank heist. His Protozoa Films shingle has teamed up with XYZ Films and Time Inc. to produce "a gritty heist thriller" based on MMA and UFC star "Lighting" Lee Murray and his alleged role in the 2006 robbery of the Securitas Depot. Over $85 million was stolen from the English depot, making it the largest cash heist in history and it's probably the only one with a UFC star as its (possible) mastermind.

Kerry Williamson will be penning the script, which will be based on Howard Sounes' book, Heist: The Inside Story of the World's Biggest Robbery and Jon Wertheim's Sports Illustrated article "Breaking the Bank." Aronofsky will produce with an eye on directing. I can't find Wertheim's article online, but Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Securitas_depot_robbery) has the blow-by-blow of the heist for those interested as it's way too long to summarize here. It certainly is, as Aronofsky puts it, "a very unique British heist tale with colorful London characters." It's as though a Guy Ritchie movie actually happened, but with a lot more money, guns, and success.

Murray's story by itself is pretty wild. The year before the heist, he was in a fight outside London's Funky Buddha that severed an artery, punctured one of his lungs, and nearly cost him his life. A year later, he allegedly pulled this heist, and has been in and out of Moroccan prison ever since. He even tried to escape at one point -- apparently you just can't keep this guy down. If there's a director who knows something about that, it's Aronofsky, who seems to specialize in making us identify with desperate and obsessed individuals. Perhaps you can predict a little about Aronofsky's projects after all ....
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on August 30, 2010, 03:25:53 PM
Director Vy For 'Clash,' `Wolverine,' `Deadpool'
Source: Deadline Hollywood

Right now, little is going on in town beyond the race to lock down directors on fast-mobilizing tent poles. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures continue trying to work out a deal for Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman to direct a sequel to Clash of the Titans. The studio has been working on a sequel since the original grossed more than $500 million worldwide. But it was clear since last April that the film's original director, Louis Leterrier, wasn't going to return for a reprise. I'm told they are far apart on money. Leterrier has been meeting on blockbusters, and was Fox's fall back choic after the studio met directors for X-Men Origins: First Class when Matthew Vaughn dropped out for a weekend, and then came back to accept the assignment.

On the X-Men: Wolverine 2 front, 20th Century Fox is between David Slade and Darren Aronofsky, I'm told. Slade, who just directed the summer hit The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, met over the weekend with Jackman on location where he is shooting Real Steel for DreamWorks. Aronofsky has also been talking with Jackman, and they have a good relationship that dates back to The Fountain, when Jackman stepped in after Brad Pitt dropped out. Jackman holds a lot of clout in the decision and while Aronofsky has some momentum of his own because of Black Swan, I'd say Slade has the edge. He is coming off a big summer movie with large-scale effects, which makes the studio comfortable. Fox went with Gavin Hood on the first Wolverine, and while he came from the Oscar-winning South African film Tsotsi, it was quite an adjustment moving into a tent pole sized undertaking, and Aronofsky has a similar prestige film background. Robert Schwentke, who created Comic-Con buzz for his film Red, had been in the mix--he was going to meet Jackman in Detroit along with Slade last weekend--but he opted out of the competition. Instead, Schwentke is eyeing projects that include Robert Ludlum's The Osterman Weekend and Universal's Ryan Reynolds-starrer RIPD as possible next pictures.

Reynolds also wants to star in the Wolverine spinoff film Deadpool--Fox hopes Robert Rodriguez will direct it--but that actor's busy schedule--he just signed to star with Denzel Washington early next year in Safe House--has made the Deadpool directing situation a bit murky. Just spoke with Rodriguez. He has read and likes the Deadpool script, but his own schedule--promoting Machete and then directing Spy Kids 4--has made his participation tenuous. "We haven't really gotten into the discussion, but they are trying to make a certain small window that's going to be tough because of Spy Kids," Rodriguez told me. "If they push it back, it would be a lot better for me."


Aronofksy doing Wolverine 2 = Nevergonnahappen.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on August 30, 2010, 03:42:55 PM
Yeah, that would be almost as bad as The Fountain.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on September 30, 2010, 01:20:40 PM
Could Darren Aronofsky Direct Preacher?
Source: Coming Soon

The rumored Superman candidate may be eyeing another DC property.

Though his name has been circulated over the past week as a rumored candidate for the Superman reboot, Newsarama is reporting that Darren Aronofsky may also be interested in directing Preacher and that it's likely he'll have to choose one project over the other, as both are slated to move into development soon.
 
Preacher, based on the Vertigo series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon that ran in the late '90's, tells the story of Texas reverend Jesse Custer who, after merging with the escaped offspring of a demon and an angel, find himself imbued with the word of God, the power to command anyone to do his bidding. Teamed with his ex girlfriend, Tulip O'Hare and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, Custer sets out across America to track down the almighty and force him to explain why he abandoned creation.
 
Preacher has been rumored for development almost as far back as the series' debut in 1995, but was most recently in development with Sam Mendes directing and a script in the works from John August. It is uncertain whether or not Aronofsky, if he took the project, would work from the same draft.  
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on January 17, 2011, 11:15:05 AM
Darren Aronofsky Planning New Comic Book, Says It’s An Easier Sell For A Movie Than A Script
Aronofsky Disses ‘The Company,’ Calls Method Acting “Wasted Energy”
Source: The Playlist

While “Black Swan” continues to climb the U.S. box office and turn heads this awards season, director Darren Aronofsky is already mulling over his future projects. Of course, he’s got “Wolverine” shooting this year with Hugh Jackman, but he’s already looking beyond.

In an interview with Clothes On Film, he divulges that there might be a comic book in the works. “Well, we’re actually doing one. It hasn’t really been announced, I don’t know if I should give you the scoop! But we’re getting there. We’re doing a comic book of a script that’s really hard to make and we’re going to do a comic version first and see what happens…”  It should be noted that other sites are claiming that geek dream project “Batman: Year One” is the script in question (it was suggested by the interviewer) but Aronofsky’s answer hardly confirms that. In fact it seems to point to another script entirely, and as Bleeding Cool suggests, it could be “Noah’s Ark,” another long gestating project. Seems like a good guess.

As anyone who followed the saga of his 2006 film “The Fountain” will remember, that script too turned into a comic book. After trying for several years to get the film produced, the project fell apart after star Brad Pitt left it just weeks before shooting was set to begin. Aronofsky, who had spent years thinking about this story, thought the only way it would see the light of day would be to release it as a comic. “You work really hard on something and want to get it out there. The reason that ‘The Fountain’ comic exists is because for a long time we didn’t think that the film was going to happen, so I went after an artist because I wanted to get that finished and out there. I’m a storyteller, so if I can’t tell it in my medium of choice I try to do it another way.” It was only after that Aronofsky decided to rewrite the script turning the $70 million film into a $35 million one that eventually got the greenlight from Warner Bros.

Aronofsky says he’s usually the “only one in the room” excited about an idea and always struggles to get each of his films produced. Comic book movies, for some reason, seem like a safer bet to studios and even underground comics get turned into big budget films.  “It seems like if you come up with an original script, in Hollywood it’s not as effective as a comic book. It doesn’t even have to be successful as a comic; I mean how successful were ‘Kick-Ass’ or ‘Scott Pilgrim’? Those were fringe comics, right, and they were basically turned in to big pictures.”

The typically candid Brooklyn-born filmmaker also said that he looked at other ballet films before making “Black Swan,” but most were awful including Robert Altman‘s “The Company.”  “Well, it came out when I was first looking at doing a ballet film. I think it’s a terrible film, sorry, but most films in the ballet world, beside ‘The Red Shoes,’ are pretty awful. That film at least was realistic, but all it really was was a concert film. I really wasn’t into it. I’m trying to think of other films set in the ballet world. ‘Center Stage’….”  Aronofsky also mentioned that he’s looking at turning “Black Swan” into a ballet with choreographer (and Natalie baby daddy) Benjamin Millepied. Though we would be thrilled to see a Clint Mansell orchestrated ballet, the filmmaker concedes that it isn’t exactly a sure thing.  “Chasing money for ballet seems harder than chasing money for movies!”

He also acknowledged his transition from primarily a visual filmmaker to more of an actor’s director though he did have some interesting remarks regarding method acting.  “I’m pretty critical of the method. I used to think it was cool, but watching Ellen Burstyn and being around a couple of the old masters I think it’s actually pretty selfish. It’s just make believe you know, there’s a half a million dollar camera sitting there and forty lights, and you’ve got to hit a technical mark; what is the “method” when it’s such a technical job? It’s about make believing for a very, very short window. I think the method could work if you’re on stage, when you’ve got to stay in character and keep the adrenaline running that makes sense, but film is literally little bursts of acting, 20 seconds here, 20 seconds there, 10 seconds there, but once it takes over you don’t need to be an asshole all day. To me it doesn’t impress me, actors that do that; it’s a lot of wasted energy.”

“Black Swan” is in theaters now and if you need to give it a second or third viewing that probably couldn’t hurt.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: matt35mm on January 17, 2011, 01:35:52 PM
Aronofsky Disses ‘The Company,’

 :yabbse-sad:

I like The Company much better than Black Swan anyway.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: modage on March 16, 2011, 10:32:29 PM
Spoke to Aronofsky tonight for a minute at the "Win Win" premiere.

He was wearing a scarf.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pas on March 17, 2011, 06:27:02 AM
About method actinghis theory hardly makes sense. It's especially hard to act well if you only into character 10 seconds per hour. That's when adrenaline is low. On a play adrenaline must be high all the time
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on March 17, 2011, 09:45:55 AM
Yes well that's only useful when you're playing someone who's bungee jumping all the time.

Is what aronscarfsky would say.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: diggler on March 19, 2011, 02:19:46 PM
anytime anyone brings up method acting i always think of that Louis CK story when he was writing for the Conan O'Brien show and had to discuss a bit with Martin Sheen over the phone.  Sheen was shooting Gettysburg at the time and did the entire phone conversation in character as Robert E. Lee.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Stefen on March 24, 2011, 03:16:31 AM
(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/7/aronofskycreeper.png)
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on March 24, 2011, 03:19:03 AM
someone needs to shop and/or animate a gif for that where his hand comes up and tweaks his moustache.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Stefen on March 24, 2011, 03:33:59 AM
When I grabbed that I wanted to make a comment about the mustache, but it speaks for itself. CREEPER.

Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars in that red dress looked ridiculous. Can't really blame him. Pozer says he was single at the time.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on March 24, 2011, 06:05:00 PM
Well, I'm afraid to say it but I completely understand that look. Jennifer Lawrence is HOT!
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Gamblour. on March 26, 2011, 11:59:58 AM
That is fucking hysterical.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: polkablues on March 27, 2011, 02:02:24 PM
someone needs to shop and/or animate a gif for that where his hand comes up and tweaks his moustache.

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/polkablues/aronofskycreeper2.gif)
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Stefen on March 27, 2011, 02:34:43 PM
lol. Creep.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: socketlevel on March 27, 2011, 10:52:21 PM
 :bravo:
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on June 02, 2011, 05:28:00 PM
Revlon ad with Jessica Biel and Pharrell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq9amYU7PqM
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: wilder on June 16, 2011, 10:46:36 PM
Darren Aronofsky To Direct Michael Chabon’s ‘Hobgoblin’ Pilot For HBO
via The Playlist

Darren Aronofsky may still be coming out of his “Black Swan” afterglow, but with his calendar now free after dropping out of “The Wolverine,” he’s certainly keeping busy. He’s been mulling over a sci-fi pic with George Clooney, been pursued by two major studios for franchise films and even found time to direct a pair of commercials, all while trying to get his $130 million passion project “Noah” off the ground. Well, it appears his dance card isn’t getting any less full as Variety reports he’s now slated to direct the pilot episode of a new HBO series “Hobgoblin.” We first heard about the series a few months ago and our interest was immediately piqued.

The reason for that initial interest was because the shows creators are acclaimed novelists (and Playlist favorites), husband-wife team Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. He’s the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of novels like “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union” and “Wonder Boys,” while she’s a talented writer as well, with her novel “Love And Other Impossible Pursuits” recently adapted into a film (”The Other Woman” with ‘Swan’ star Natalie Portman). Oh, and also because the show is about “a group of con men and magicians who use their skills of deception to help defeat Hitler and the Germans during World War II.” Um, yes please.

This will be Aronofsky’s first time stepping behind the camera for a television series though many will remember he came close once before, as he was originally supposed to direct an episode during season 3 of “Lost” but dropped out due to scheduling issues. It will be interesting to see how he handles the material, and it might be possible he will have a hand in casting the show (as tends to be the case with the director of a show’s pilot episode) so you can now begin speculating who the “ass to ass” guy will be playing in this.

Though HBO seems to have no limits to the amount of money they’re willing to throw at a project they haven’t been able to capture the mix of critical success and massive ratings on the same series since “The Sopranos.” Not that they haven’t tried. “Boardwalk Empire” is one of the most gorgeous looking shows on television but this writer kinda lost interest after the premiere. (And the less said about flagship shows like “Entourage” and “True Blood” the better.) While there’s no guarantee that the “Hobgoblin” pilot will get picked up for a series order, with this much talent behind the camera it’s a pretty safe bet we’ll get a look at the show sometime in 2012.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on June 16, 2011, 10:55:25 PM
Haha, the "ass to ass" guy.. nice one mod.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on August 31, 2011, 06:55:17 PM
Darren Aronofsky Kicks Off Venice Film Festival With Off-Color Joke
The "Black Swan" director and jury president tells George Clooney to watch out for residual urine from last year's event.
Source: THR

VENICE --The Venice Film Festival got underway for the 68th time Wednesday with the well-received world premiere of the George Clooney political thriller Ides of March and an off-color joke from jury president Darren Aronofsky that may have left Clooney squirming in his seat.

Venice biennale president Paolo Baratta said the opening ceremony doubled as a second dedication for the festival's central venue, the Palazzo del Cinema. Baratta gave a brief history of the venue, which was first opened in the 1930s and received a significant facelift in recent months.

Aronofsky, whose film Black Swan opened the festival a year ago, returned this year as jury president. In his remarks after the jury was announced, Aronofsky gave Clooney his own history lesson about the seat Clooney occupied, which is reserved for the director of the festival's opening night film.

"Let's just say you should be happy this building has been refurbished," Aronofsky said. "Last year, I sat there between Natalie Portman and the president of Italy, and I think I peed in my pants. But they say the place has been redone, so I guess any humidity you feel there is your own."

Earlier in the day, Clooney said Ides of March, which he co-wrote, co-produced, directed and starred in, helps illustrate the "seductive" qualities of politics, though he said the notion of running for office was not seductive for him.

"I have a great job," Clooney said, then gesturing at co-stars Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Paul Giamatti, he continued, "I get to hang out with a lot of seductive people."

"I have no personal interest in becoming involved in politics," said Clooney, who is an outspoken left-wing voice in the U.S., from campaigning against the war in Iraq, against the genocide in Darfur, and in active support for U.S. President Barak Obama. But he denied Ides of March was a criticism of government.

"I don't think of this as a political film," he said. "It's a film about morality, about trading your soul for a specific outcome."

The film is the first to screen of the 23 vying for Venice's prestigious Golden Lion award, the festival's top prize. All but one of the candidates has been named, with the final film expected to be unveiled in the next several days.

Among other A-list talents to arrive in Venice on the opening day were singer-turned-director Madonna, Kate Winslet, Vincent Cassel, and director Jonathan Demme. The festival runs through Sept. 10.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: 72teeth on August 31, 2011, 07:20:59 PM
Darren Aronofsky Kicks Off Venice Film Festival With Off-Color Joke
The "Black Swan" director and jury president tells George Clooney to watch out for residual urine from last year's event.
Source: THR

"Let's just say you should be happy this building has been refurbished," Aronofsky said. "Last year, I sat there between Natalie Portman and the president of Italy, and I think I peed in my pants. But they say the place has been redone, so I guess any humidity you feel there is your own."

awwwww sheeeeit, look out Von Trier, there's a new festival badboy, GODDAMN!
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Stefen on September 01, 2011, 09:46:46 PM
I don't get it.   :ponder: Didn't Aronofsky just own himself by saying he pissed his pants one time with NatPo sitting next to him?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pubrick on September 01, 2011, 10:38:00 PM
Darren Aronofsky Kicks Off Venice Film Festival With Off-Color Joke
The "Black Swan" director and jury president tells George Clooney to watch out for residual urine from last year's event.
Source: THR

"Let's just say you should be happy this building has been refurbished," Aronofsky said. "Last year, I sat there between Natalie Portman and the president of Italy, and I think I peed in my pants. But they say the place has been redone, so I guess any humidity you feel there is your own."

awwwww sheeeeit, look out Von Trier, there's a new festival badboy, GODDAMN!


I don't get it.   :ponder: Didn't Aronofsky just own himself by saying he pissed his pants one time with NatPo sitting next to him?

yeah what a shit joke.

no wonder he doesn't write his films anymore.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on September 01, 2011, 10:45:10 PM
(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/7/aronofskycreeper.png)

There's no telling what was left behind in this seat.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on September 02, 2011, 12:04:38 AM
So he uses the scarf to soak it up, right?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: pete on September 02, 2011, 01:01:38 AM
So he uses the scarf to soak it up, right?

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wNZZ__BLJDI/TTX__pe1a2I/AAAAAAAABhg/VasHQuQxDQM/s640/natalie+portman+dorky+laugh+golden+globes.PNG) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eX45Ce_MW8)
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on November 03, 2011, 05:02:48 PM
Darren Aronofsky Will Direct Metallica-Lou Reed Video
Source: THR

Darren Aronofsky is moving in the opposite direction from many of his contemporaries -- going from directing feature films to making a music video with Metallica and Lou Reed.

The Black Swan director will be making a video for the song "Iced Honey" off the Metallica-Lou Reed album Lulu. The video will be shot with Aronofsky's longtime cinematographer Matthew Libatique in the San Francisco Bay area, the Associated Press reports.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich seemed to be the most enthused of all the parties involved, saying in a statement, "As if making a record with Lou Reed is not enough, now I get to make a video with Darren Aronofsky who has been among my very favorite filmmakers since his first movie, Pi."

The Metallica-Lou Reed collaboration Lulu, which was released on Tuesday, is inspired by the works of German playwright Frank Wedekind.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: O. on November 04, 2011, 12:36:28 AM
That article makes it sound he's switching careers. I think it's good that filmmakers keep busy with other interesting things. Even Scorsese and Cameron have done uncharacteristic documentaries in between features.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: RegularKarate on November 09, 2011, 12:26:18 PM
Aaronofsky is doing Anti-Meth PSAs:

First (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=12bvBHG6ChM)

Second (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uq6Vg8Hm5VA)

Third (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fLwYIElNjho)

Fourth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eyxn1ol6kNI)
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: squints on November 09, 2011, 06:05:27 PM
wow.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: O. on November 09, 2011, 11:46:31 PM
looks like he's not a fan of breaking bad
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 10, 2011, 12:46:18 AM
Is this one also Aronofsky?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZGRzBuh4XY
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: O. on November 10, 2011, 03:06:36 AM
I don't think so -- the ones by Aronofsky tell you like fuck in the description.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: squints on November 10, 2011, 02:39:18 PM
looks like he's not a fan of breaking bad

well there's an idea, maybe in a year's time we can see aronscarfsky directing some episodes of BB?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Fernando on November 10, 2011, 03:39:02 PM
Is this one also Aronofsky?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZGRzBuh4XY

that one isnt new, is it? I remember seeing it a few years ago and IIRC it was directed by Aronofsky..
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: polkablues on November 10, 2011, 03:58:30 PM
Aronofsky has directed these in the past as well, but I haven't been able to find out for sure if that's one of his.  Tony Kaye, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Wally Pfister have also directed some.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on March 10, 2012, 12:42:12 AM
Apparently people don't like Aronofsky's new Kohl's ad:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/03/09/darren_aronofsky_s_kohl_s_ad_proves_there_is_such_a_thing_as_selling_out.html?wpisrc=nextbox

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGGoKl_Jfik
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: polkablues on March 10, 2012, 01:53:17 PM
It's hard for me to begrudge a director for probably making more for a one-day shoot than they've made for any of their actual movies.  That said, is someone ever going to get around to informing Jennifer Lopez that she's like 67 years old now?
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Pozer on March 10, 2012, 02:20:03 PM
"An auscarfteur's gotta eat."
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: socketlevel on March 12, 2012, 12:20:08 AM
it's basically robyn's video, with a de palma texas switch wipe frame shtick.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: squints on March 22, 2012, 09:38:51 PM
That said, is someone ever going to get around to informing Jennifer Lopez that she's like 67 years old now?

Yeah it seriously looked like she was gonna blow out a knee there a couple times. She's gettin too old for those Fly Girl dance moves.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on April 18, 2012, 01:45:52 AM
Darren Aronofsky To Direct 'Unforgiven' Style Pic About George Washington
Source: Playlist

Well, he's already set to put his own spin on a famed Bible story with "Noah," so why not American history? That's right, Darren Aronofsky is about get presidential in a movie that won't be your standard biopic.

Variety reports that the helmer is attached to produce and direct an untitled movie penned by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. So what is it all about? Your guess is as good as ours, but apparently, the movie will be an "Unforgiven"-style look at the late, great president. And no, we don't know what that means either, but it appears it's one that Aronofsky is eager to set up, and it sounds kinda awesome. Paramount Pictures have first dibs on the project thanks a first look deal with the helmer, but if they don't pull the trigger this week, other studios will have a shot, and you can bet there will be a helluva lot of interest.

But even if a deal gets, whether this will be next remains to be seen. The helmer is not short on projects to choose from with the Jackie Kennedy story "Jackie," the half man/half robot pic "Machine Man" and the sci-fi tale "Human Nature" all brewing (and he was at one point attached to "Serena" with Angelina Jolie which is now being made by Susanne Bier with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawerence starring instead). But Aronofsky bringing his brand of directing to a story about George Washington? We're curious to say the least.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on August 14, 2013, 03:40:27 PM
Darren Aronofsky In Talks For Fox Espionage Tale ‘Red Sparrow’
BY MIKE FLEMING JR | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Back on dry ground after helming the Biblical film Noah, Darren Aronofsky is looking for what’s next. I’d been hearing rumblings he is interested in a George Washington project, but here’s a fresh deal in the works. Aronofsky is in early talks to develop to direct Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews espionage novel. 20th Century Fox bought the book in a 7-figure deal after a spirited bidding battle involving multiple studios back in April for Film Rites‘ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch to produce with Chernin Entertainment. The book was published in June by Scribner.

The book is set in contemporary Russia, and state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade craft, deception, and inevitably, a sexual attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. Dominika winds up seeking revenge against her soulless masters, and living a fatal double life after she is recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington. She also hunts down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Vladimir Putin’s intelligence service. There is topicality to the tale, given the Edward Snowden affair, and the dark themes and sexy female lead fit the Black Swan director’s wheelhouse. Aronofsky is repped by CAA.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: MacGuffin on June 04, 2014, 06:02:16 PM
Darren Aronofsky Adapting Futuristic ‘MaddAddam’ Book Trilogy As HBO Series
Source: Deadline
   
EXCLUSIVE: HBO has put in development drama series MaddAddam, executive produced by Oscar-nominated Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner. The project, based on Margaret Atwood’s book trilogy Oryx and Crake (2003), Year Of The Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013), is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Aronofsky. MaddAddam marks the first project to come out of the three-year first-look deal the filmmaker and his Protozoa Pictures inked with HBO in January.

The story in the MaddAddam books, part of Atwood’s self-described genre of “speculative fiction,” is set in the mid-21st century in a world where corporations have taken over for governments and the genetic modification of organisms is perversely ubiquitous. It centers on the events before and after a Waterless Flood that wipes out almost all of the world’s population and follows an extensive cast of characters, including those responsible for the apocalypse and those struggling to survive it. Producer Brandi-Ann Milbradt, who is engaged to Aronofsky, brought the project to Protozoa and will serve as executive producer alongside Aronofsky and his longtime collaborator, Protozoa Pictures president Ari Handel. Atwood serves as consulting producer. Aronofsky and his team are currently meeting with writers.

Aronofsky is coming off the success his most recent feature, biblical epic Noah, which has grossed $345M in worldwide box office. On the feature side, his Protozoa Pictures also has a deal with New Regency, also inked in January.
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Reelist on December 14, 2017, 04:15:36 PM
He's on WTF (http://www.wtfpod.com) today
Title: Re: Darren Aronofsky
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 14, 2017, 06:35:51 PM
Hopefully he explains the whole entirety of what mother! means yet again.