George Nolfi to Direct Darren Aronofsky's Online Romance 'XOXO'
Director Darren Aronofsky isn't one for conventional romance as we've seen in The Fountain, and it sounds like he's bringing that penchant for complicated love to the big screen as a producer as well, but someone else will be behind the camera. Variety reports The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi has been attached to direct XOXO, a romance that starts online in the world of Facebook. But before you get all bent out of shape, it's important to note that the script comes from Black Swan writer Mark Heyman, and this isn't just another silly romantic comedy, or even your average romance with a happy ending. More below!
The story follows an executive climbing the corporate ladder with great success who's engaged, but has a good time flirting with other women on the world wide web. When he meets an intriguing woman on Facebook, the two develop their relationship online, but the romance starts to take a turn for the worse when it begins to seep into his life in a deadly way. In the same vein as Catfish, the thriller looks to explore the concept of false identities in the online world. Rather than being a boring presentation of two people sitting at their computer flirting, there will be stylized visuals to make their encounters more engaging.
Nolfi made a fine directorial debut with The Adjustment Bureau, but it wasn't enough to land him the gig directing Captain America: The Winter Solider (that jod went to Anthony and Joseph Russo instead). Since then, Nolfi has also been attached to helm One Minute to Midnight, a chronicle of the Cuban Missile Crisis based on Michael Dobbs' book. It's not clear which of these projects will move forward first, but since Nolfi is supposed to oversee a rewrite on XOXO first, I imagine this won't get off the ground until early next year. Stay tuned as each of these projects moves through development.