Monday, April 30, 2007

From The Fountain To The Flood

The Guardian's Ryan Gilbey interviewed Darren Aronofsky for a piece published on Friday. Of course, The Fountain is covered - just ahead of it's UK DVD release - but much more of the piece seems to focus on a potential future project for the director.

He wants to tell the story of Noah and is already several drafts into carving out a screenplay. Aronofsky says:

Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It's there in the Bible - it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor's guilt going on there. He's a dark, complicated character.

There goes that word dark again, like some guarantee of interest or quality. Complicated I'm more interested in, but dark? Whatever.

So, if Aronofsky doesn't make an end-of-the-world film from a book that sounds an awful lot like John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns, or a film about ballet, then he's likely to tackle a biblical epic. He doesn't just want an easy life, that's for sure.


Anonymous said...

I loved Pi and Requiem for a Dream, I haven't seen the Fountain yet.

I'm not sure that grander scale is really where Aronofsky needs to go. I would rather him make smaller, more intimate films with amazing cinematography than trying to make huge films full of expensive water sets and expensive exotic animals.

kelly said...

FYI, the book that "sounds an awful lot like John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns" just happens to be a complex masterpiece written more than a decade before the Carpenter film.

Brendon said...

I was in no way trying to throw aspertion supon a book that, yes, I have been told many times is a true masterpiece.

Nor on Cigarette Burns, which I loved. Just using shorthand so people would know something about the book, however vague.