Darren Aronofsky Update: RoboCop Delays, Black Swan Update
Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog ran an article earlier today about filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and what he might be up to next. As we announced back in June, Aronofsky is attached to direct a ballet thriller called Black Swan with Natalie Portman attached to star. In addition to providing some updated details on the financing and development of that project, THR's Steven Zeitchik tries to figure out what's going on with the RoboCop reboot that Aronofsky has also been attached to since last year. With Black Swan potentially going into production later this year, RoboCop could get delayed or worse - Aronofsky could be replaced.
First off, Black Swan is still trying to get the funding it needs to even get made, which is shocking to hear considering how much acclaim The Wrestler received. Fox Searchlight will likely be the studio who ends up financing the project, but "a few budget and financing issues" need to be ironed out before they make the deal. Apparently other studios were "concerned about the budget for a project with prestige elements." I'm not sure why that would be an issue for someone like Aronofsky, who will spend every penny wisely, but that's not an issue for me to be concerned with. I'll be more than happy if he ends up at Searchlight again.
In regards to RoboCop, however, here's where things get a bit iffy. Zeitchik reports that "insiders in the rep community say the studio has also quietly put out feelers for other directors who could come on to RoboCop in case the timing doesn't work out." That is the smart thing to do, as it's a huge property for them, but I would hope they stick with Aronofsky in the end. I know I'm not the only one who was very interested in seeing what Aronofsky could do with a remake/reboot of RoboCop. Beyond that, I think he's one of the only directors that I would argue could potentially make a better movie than Paul Verhoeven's original.
The problem is that MGM has been hoping to make this RoboCop movie for a while, and with Aronofsky moving on to Black Swan first, they're getting concerned about delaying it once again. "Though it would be a tight fit, MGM could essentially hit the pause button until early-mid 2010, when Aronofsky is finished with Swan, and still make its 2011 release-date target." My feeling is that it has something to do with his vision of the movie not falling in line with what the studio wants. When will they realize this is Aronofsky, one of the greatest directors out, he won't screw this up! I really hope they stick with Aronofsky. Do you?