Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt Have Their Eyes on 'The Tiger'
In what will truly be a test of the old saying, "The third time's a charm," it looks like Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt are making a third attempt at a collaboration together. Previously Pitt had left The Fountain before production began, and then both he and Aronofsky ended up leaving The Fighter for Christian Bale and David O. Russell to take over. Now Deadline and THR report an adaptation of The Tiger, aa upcoming non-fiction book by John Vaillant, might be the project that finally brings them together as the two have been developing this project on the down-low for almost a year as a new potential starring vehicle for Pitt.
Another reunion would also manifest itself with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga penning the screenplay. Arriaga wrote Babel (which featured Brad Pitt in the ensemble cast) and the other two films (21 Grams and Amores Perros) in Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's dramatic trilogy. Focus Features is behind the adaptation of this real-life story which follows a conservationist game warden who must protect a small Siberian town when a tiger begins attacking its inhabitants after their town's development infringes on its habitat. In a face-off that would rival any UFC or boxing match, this is an epic and tense battle of man versus beast.
Of course, with the past track record of Pitt and Aronofsky, there's no telling what might happen with this project down the line. Aronofsky has plenty of other big projects on his plate including an adaptation of the 2008 Ron Rash novel Serena with Angelina Jolie more than interested in that and a Jackie Kennedy centric film following the days after JFK's assassination and starring his fiance Rachel Weisz. Meanwhile, Pitt also has a couple of projects in his future, like the long gestating adaptation of Moneyball which will finally be directed by Bennett Miller (Capote) as well as Important Artifacts, a new romantic comedy adaptation from director Greg Mottola (Adventureland) and co-starring Natalie Portman. So far now, if you're still keen on a Aronofsky/Pitt collaboration just keep your fingers crossed, and we'll keep you updated on all the latest.