Darren Aronofsky Attached to Produce Adaptation of 'The Good Nurse'
Believe it or not, Aronofsky's Noah got an award nomination this morning. It didn't land a nod in any of the major categories, but it did receive a nomination for Best Song for Patti Smith's "Mercy Is." That's probably the biggest honor the film will receive (perhaps it could get an Oscar nomination in the same category), but that film is in the past for director Darren Aronofsky now, and the filmmaker behind The Fountain and Black Swan is lining up new projects. He's already working on an adaptation of the MaddAddam trilogy at HBO, but Tracking Board reports his company Protozoa is adapting the book The Good Nurse. Read on!
Update! We've been informed by publicity that Aronofsky is attached to produce with first refusal to direct, so the project is still early in development and there is no assurance that Aronofsky is actually going to direct, but he might. He will definitely produce, that's as much as we know for now, but we'll be watching.
The book by Charles Graeber will be adapted by rising writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and here's the synopsis:
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.
Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, 'The Good Nurse' weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.
Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost.
Sounds like a pretty haunting tale, and probably even more captivating in the hands of a director like Aronofsky. The filmmaker has never really taken on material like this before, though you could say Black Swan bordered on traditional thriller territory. Of course, Aronofsky has been attached to plenty of projects before, only to fall away from them sometime later (The Wolverine comes to mind as the most recent), so there's no certain guarantee that this film will end up in front of a camera with him behind it. But no matter what Aronofsky takes on next, you can be sure we'll be paying close attention. Follow @DarrenAronofsky.