Everyone has been all aflutter over the rumor that celebrated auteur Darren Aronofsky will direct the second X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, and now it's confirmed, straight from the Logan's mouth. While Aronofsky has worked with Hugh Jackman before and is arguably the best there is at what he does (and what he does is so, so pretty), many are questioning how the dark director will handle the New Avenger. But Jackman himself is quick to point out that Wolverine is far from cuddly, and we wholeheartedly concur; if you ask us, the franchise could easily go a lot darker. In fact, if you look at Logan's comic book history along side Aronofsky's body of work, you'll see a lot of similarities!
When Darren Aronofsky was announced as the director of the next Wolverine movie, it was a bit of a shock, considering that the man was not known for his high-octane action pieces, and the last installment had exploding helicopters. But between the nightmare world of Requiem for a Dream, the sci-fi epicness of The Fountain and the physical pain and loneliness depicted in The Wrestler, I had confidence that the man would deliver the best Wolverine film -- maybe even X-Men film -- to date. And after seeing Black Swan, with its hallucinatory psychodrama, I am 100% sold, because I came out of the movie wanting to see more comic-book adventures of Natalie Portman's split-personality character. Maybe if I were a ballet fan, I might have wanted to see more of the ballet itself, but I guess it says a lot about me that I'd rather watch her fight Batman.
I really can't blame Jon Favreau for wanting to pass on the third Iron Man movie. He's already made two really good films, and any sort of arc he wanted to have in the third one was going to have to take a back seat to what happens with Iron Man in the Avengers and what Marvel wants him to do in Avengers 2. So best to leave it in the hands of someone who's sold on the whole "big picture" plan, but hopefully can still deliver the goods. Sadly, go-to sequel master Irvin Kershner is no longer with us, but we came up with a list of name directors with sequel experience who would, at the very least, create a threequel that would get people talking.
Mark Wahlberg has been out promoting Max Payne over the weekend, and in the process making -- and breaking -- a lot of news.
- In a Q&A with ComingSoon.net, Wahlberg said that Darren Aronofsky's The Fighter might not be happening at all, much to Wahlberg's disappointment (and ours). Wahlberg says he's not going to stop training for the tale of real-life boxer Mickey Ward (whom Wahlberg was to play), but that he's doubtful it will happen now, but he wouldn't elaborate, saying it's "too depressing to talk about." Maybe the reason is that Brad Pitt's no longer involved. (I have to wonder: Does Pitt have something against Aronofsky, because he keeps signing up for his movies and lending them a high profile, then dropping out. The Fountain recovered with Hugh Jackman, but sounds like The Fighter might not.
If you weren't one of the people who was totally befuddled by The Fountain, then you're probably waiting with bated breath for director Darren Aronofsky's next picture. Pi and Requiem for a Dream established Aronofsky as a major talent, and his next picture -- with its combination of mainstream subject matter, amazingly talented actors and Marisa Tomei stripping -- is sure to take the country by storm. That's probably why Fox Searchlight outbid all comers at the Toronto International Film Festival for the rights to distribute The Wrestler, which only last week won the Golden Lion in Venice. (Man, I wish I had a gold lion.)
It's hard to imagine that anything can beat the awesomeness that is the original Red Dawn. After all, it had Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey as teenagers fighting (and slaughtering) invading Cubans and Soviets. Plus, Harry Dean Stanton screamed "Avenge me!" from behind a chain-link fence. But they're remaking it all the same, and the writer and director attached to the project may actually be just what the film needs to become even more kick-ass than the original.
If you were looking forward to Darren Aronofsky's Robocop remake, you might be looking for a long time. While promoting The Wrestler on the Howard Stern show, Aronofsky reportedly said he was still working on the script about Detroit's finest cyborg, but that he's "not sure" if the project would still be going ahead. The now in-demand director has a lot on his plate, going from the wrestling mat to the boxing ring in his upcoming The Fighter. Then there's that diluvian epic he wants to make about Noah's ark, a project he's calling "huge." Considering the amount of time and energy Aronofsky usually spends on a project, it's not hard to see why an '80s remake might draw the short straw when it comes to priorities. And Robocop's not the only robocharacter in an upcoming movie to face the chopping block, either.
What do you do for an encore after your film, The Wrestler, was the buzz of this year's Toronto Film Festival? What's your next move after you've directed Mickey Rourke to a potential Oscar nomination in said film, revitalizing his career in the process? If you're Darren Aronofsky, you don't go to Disney World. Instead, you tackle a flick about Old Detroit's knight in shining armor, then write a script about the Original Love Boat, Noah's Ark. To hell with readin', 'ritin' and 'rithmetic; the new R's are rasslin', Robocop and religion.