Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt Have Their Eyes on 'The Tiger'

May 12, 2010
Source: Deadline, THR

Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt - 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.

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I dunno. Pitt is overrated. Both as an actor and as a celeb. He always looks like he's "acting" in movies. You can never believe him. Granted, he did deliever a great performance in Benjamin Button. But this does sound like an interesting project, though. Not sold on Aronofsky as a director. Hated The Fountain. One of the worst films ever made.

George's Clooney on May 12, 2010


What happened to that Pitt movie where he plays a conquistador? #1 the fountain wasnt that bad at all. anyways I think this movie will turn out great

Sharlto on May 12, 2010


It's interesting how most people either really like The Fountain or hate it. The Fountain is one of my favorite movies, I think it's a masterpiece.

Lance Chapman on May 12, 2010


Since when did Aronofsky gain all that weight? Damn!

jeffrey on May 12, 2010


So I guess we're never going to see that Aronofsky Robocop reboot...what a shame, I was really excited for that. Even bought the Alamo Drafthouse version of the movie poster to celebrate when I heard the news, but I guess nothing is definite in Hollywood. These projects all sound very boring to me. I loved PI, Requiem, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and I even think Black Swan sounds really good, but a biopic about Jackie Kennedy? A movie about fighting a tiger (ahem, why doesn't he just shoot it with a tranquilizer gun)? They just sound like bad ideas considering all of Aronofsky's options...

peloquin on May 12, 2010


@1 Assasination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford? Pitt was fantastic in that.

Chopped Head on May 12, 2010


Sounds an awful lot like that Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer film, The Ghost and the Darkness. Also, — The Fountain was good.

JJ Abrams on May 12, 2010

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