'Bullhead' Director Michael Roskam Taking 'The Tiger' from Aronofsky
Don't worry, there's no actual stealing involved here, it's all in order. If you remember, we covered a few news stories on a project called The Tiger that Darren Aronofsky was developing to direct. The story is indeed about a man-eating tiger attacking the inhabitants of a remote Siberian village. Well, since Aronofsky has gone on to build Noah's Ark instead, the project has found a new director - Michael R. Roskam. Roskam is the Belgian filmmaker who made the Oscar nominated film Bullhead last year, which rocked me to my core and launched the career of actor Matthias Schoenaerts. He's a hell of a good filmmaker to watch.
The report confirms that Brad Pitt, who was attached to star, is still involved. Pitt is still producing with Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner at Plan B, and Aronofsky is producing with Protozoa's Mark Heyman & Ari Handel. Must be an outstanding script that everyone loves. Speaking of which, it was adapted by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, The Burning Plain) from John Vaillant's non-fiction book titled The Tiger. Roskam (Jeremy interviewed him earlier this year) gained lots of Hollywood buzz after Bullhead received the Oscar nom, but Deadline says this "is the first feature he said yes to." Roskam is also developing an HBO pilot called Buda Bridge, but this is only other feature Hollywood project lined up at the moment.
Vaillant's 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." Vaillant's book is being touted to have "beauty, intrigue, a primeval locale, fully realized characters, and a conflict that speaks to the state of our world." Focus Features is now developing this, as the book is a co-production between publishers Random House and Focus. We'll keep a close watch.