Don’t go updating IMDB’s page for the “Wolverine” sequel with Darren Aronofsky’s name just yet. According to Quien (via The Playlist), Aronofsky might actually be eyeing a film adaptation of John Vaillant’s “The Tiger” as his next movie.
The film’s screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (“Babel,” “Amores Perros”) tells Quien that ” I’m traveling to New York to lend clarity to the last detail, in November would be doing a tour of Siberia to check locations,” Arriaga said.
Importantly, Arriaga says the film would begin shooting early next year – with Brad Pitt in the lead role.
“I decided to adapt this story because it is a great privilege to work with dedicated film like Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt,” the tyro screenwriter said.
The forthcoming novel “The Tiger” tells of “the grisly rampage of a man-eating Amur, or Siberian, tiger and the effort to trap it frame this suspenseful and majestically narrated introduction to a world that few people, even Russians, are familiar with. Northeast of China lies RussiaÖs Primorye province, “the meeting place of four distinct bioregions”–taiga, Mongolian steppes, boreal forests, and Korean tropics–and where the last Amur tigers live in an uneasy truce with an equally diminished human population scarred by decades of brutal Soviet politics and postperestroika poverty. Over millennia of shared history, the indigenous inhabitants had worked out a tenuous peace with the Amur, a formidable hunter that can grow to over 500 pounds and up to nine feet long, but the arrival of European settlers, followed by decades of Soviet disregard for the wilds, disrupted that balance and led to the overhunting of tigers for trophies and for their alleged medicinal qualities. Vaillant (The Golden Spruce) has written a mighty elegy that leads readers into the lair of the tiger and into the heart of the Kremlin to explain how the Amur went from being worshipped to being poached.” (Amazon)
Aronofsky and Pitt had previously planned to do “The Fountain” together.
According to Deadline, Darren Aronofsky may direct “Wolverine 2″.
Yes, yes I know what you’re thinking ‘Why the heck would Darren Aronofsky want to sequelize that piss-poor Wolverine movie!?’ Two words : Hugh. Jackman.
You see, Jackman helped Aronofsky out when he was in need. “The Fountain” had fallen apart. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett had left the production. Aronofsky, hellbent on getting the oddly brilliant science-fiction film up, needed an A-lister to replace Pitt. if he couldn’t get one, and in a certain time period, then it’s likely “The Fountain” would’ve been aol’ed over to development hell. Enter Jackman who, despite being doused in offers at the time, opted to step in and help save the film.
As a consequence of their coming together on “The Fountain”, Aronofsky and Jackman have a great relationship so it’s not at all surprising that the talented director of such films as “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” would consider directing the muscly Aussie in his new superhero movie. I’d think so long as Fox let Aronofsky make ‘his movie’ and he’s paid reasonably well for his services, it’s not something he’d be opposed to. As I said, after all, he owes Jackman one.
More so, Aronofsky seems interested in doing a superhero movie. He was attached to direct Warner Bros’ “Batman Year One” a few years shy of Christopher Nolan’s appointment to the franchise and more recently was in talks with the studio to helm their “Superman” reboot.
Chances are the deal is gonna be made.
The “Wolverine” sequel will squarely focus on the samurai storyline originated in the comic series.
Jackman told MTV that he’s got a woody for the Japanese storyline. “I’m a big fan of the Japanese saga [as seen] in the comic book … I love the idea of this anarchic character “the outsider” being in this world. I can see it aesthetically, too, full of honor and tradition and customs, and someone who’s really anti all of that, trying to negotiate his way”.
Roger Friedman is said to be looking forward to reviewing the movie… on his PC.