November 23, 2010

WTF of the Week: From Swans to Claws

Director Darren Aronofsky is known for arty and critically acclaimed fare such as Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, and the upcoming and much anticipated Black Swan. So, it's not surprising that Fox Entertainment would want to bring Aronofsky in under their wing for a two-year production contract. He has a pretty good track record come awards season, so it makes sense that Fox would want yet another chance to grab some Oscar glory.

The WTF in this bit of news, then, has to do with the kind of project Fox is attaching Aronofsky to, now that he's in their corner. One would expect something in a similar vein to his previous projects: cerebral and highly stylized psychological profiles. Fox has something a little . . . different in mind. 

Looks like the first film he'll be helming for them is the follow-up to the mediocre spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The choice of a sequel to the Hugh Jackman film isn't a surprise: comic book movies are still making bank, and the first Wolverine film was moderately profitable. What remains to be seen is whether Aronofsky's particular style will successfully translate to a franchise primarily meant to sell action figures. This isn't the first time a studio's brought in an arthouse director in order to class up their comic book movie (Kenneth Branagh making a Thor movie? I am so there). It's just one of the strangest examples to date.

Source: Deadline

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