Is Darren Aronofsky Shooting 'The Tiger' Next with Pitt & Jolie?
There is an interesting story coming from the smart writers at The Playlist that's worth mentioning. While we're all waiting with bated breath to see if Darren Aronofsky does indeed take the offer for Wolverine 2, they're saying that he might already be gearing up to start shooting another entirely different project called The Tiger. You may remember hearing about this, as we reported on the project earlier this summer. The Tiger is an adaptation of John Vaillant's non-fiction book about a game warden who must protect a Siberian town when a tiger begins attacking its inhabitants, with Brad Pitt attached to star - but there's a bit more!
In a new interview with Guillermo Arriaga, who's adapting The Tiger for Aronofsky, the writer said that the film will shoot next year and that, apparently, Angelina Jolie will star along with her partner Brad Pitt. Huh? This is the first time we've ever heard it and considering how popular Jolie is, we usually know if she's interested in something, but I guess not. Arriaga also says he's traveling to New York a lot (where Aronofsky is based) and "would be doing a tour of Siberia to check locations" in November. So if we're to believe every word he says (and none of it was lost in translation), this may be the very next feature film for Aronofsky.
To focus more on a positive side of this news, Arriaga was asked why he decided to write this, answering: "I decided to adapt this story because it is a great privilege to work with [a dedicated filmmaker] like Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt." Couldn't agree more. And if Aronofsky really gets both Pitt and Jolie on board for this, it'll be a hell of line-up of talent: Aronofsky, Pitt, Jolie, Arriaga all attached to one indie film for Focus Features. I hate to say it, but to me this already sounds a bit like Aronofsky's Ghost and the Darkness, but I know he'll deliver a fantastic movie no matter what. Here's a better synopsis (via SlashFilm) for The Tiger:
"[The Tiger] takes place on the Siberian plain, where human development is encroaching on the tigers’ habitat — and one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an almost supernatural power, a conservationist game warden must face down the tiger. It is a fight that only one of them can win."
I don't know much about the book (has anyone read it?) but its described as: "This elegant work of narrative non-fiction has it all—beauty, intrigue, a primeval locale, fully realized characters, and a conflict that speaks to the state of our world." I'm very curious if this really is Aronofsky's next project or not, as it all sounds so interesting. There's going to be a lot of debate about what the right path for the filmmaker is following Black Swan (which is probably going to get some good play at the Oscars next year). Having met and interviewed Darren a few times, I'll say that in my position it's best to let him choose on his own, as I know whatever he picks will be exactly what he wants and he will make the best movie he possibly can. What do you think?