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Aronofsky stretches muscles for ‘Swan’

Despite lackluster box office results for his ambitious The Fountain, Universal Pictures are looking to team up with Darren Aronofsky on a feature that tugs at the world of ballet – and it is save to say that this won’t come close to Altman’s The Company.

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Despite lackluster box office results for his ambitious The Fountain, Universal Pictures are looking to team up with Darren Aronofsky on a feature that tugs at the world of ballet – and it is save to say that this won’t come close to Altman’s The Company. Darren (who is a festival judge at Sundance – I’ll let you folks know if I see him) also has a recently mentioned ‘biblical epic’ in the works – but might make this his next directing project.

To be written by John McLaughlin, Black Swan is a psychological thriller that looks at the manipulative relationship between a veteran dancer and a rival.

Variety reports that the studio is fast-tracking the project for Aronofsky – which would be produced by Aronofsky's Protozoa with Eric Watson, who partners with Aronofsky in their U-based Protozoa shingle, will produce with Phoenix's Medavoy and Arnie Messer. Brad Fischer and David Thwaites will exec produce.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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