Director Darren Aronofsky to do bible epic after loosing Paramount picture

arronofsky.jpgDarren Aronofsky must be feeling a little down these days. The Fountain was booed at film festivals and now, after writing a script for the graphic novel Aronofsky has found out that he will not be directing Lone Wolf and Cub for Paramount, because they never actually got the rights for it, no wonder he’s turned to the good book. Our friends over at give us this:

Darren Aronofsky, acclaimed auteur director of Pi and the upcoming The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and super-hot Rachel Weisz, says that the live-action adaptation of the teriffic Kazuo Koike graphic novel Lone Wolf and Cub is now dead, at least for him. He had been working on a script for the film and it was slated to be his next project after The Fountain but now, according to a recent interview, that’s all over.

Why is he not doing the Lone Wolf and Cub film? “Paramount never got the rights. And we developed a script but now the rights don’t exist,” said Aronofsky. So, no rights to make a movie means you can’t make the movie?

So, what’s next for the director now that Paramount has seemingly botched the Lone Wolf and Cub movie — at least temporarily? “A biblical epic,” says Aronofsky. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.” According to Aronofsky, he’s been thinking about this biblical epic for a long time. “Actually, I wrote a poem about it when I was in 7th grade. I won this award for it — my first writing award. So it’s a story from the Bible that kind of stuck with me. About ten years ago I was at a museum that featured an exhibit that reminded me of it. So we’ve been trying to crack it for a while, and we finally figured out a direction.”

Life can be hard sometimes, even for talented directors like Aronofsky. It must have been so frustrating to find out after writing a script that Paramount never actually had the rights for Lone Wolf and Cub. It would have been very interesting to see Lone Wolf and Cub up on the screen with Aronofsky directing, the guy has vision, even when his movies miss they still are unique. So now with this cub and wolf running off into the woods again Aronofsky has set his sites on the bible.

Usually I detest bible movies. I know, I know, I’m a heathen, I have no morals, I have 666 tattooed on my forehead. But I can’t help what I do and don’t like. To me bible movies always give us the same four stories that we already know and are sick of, they are too preachy, too focused on delivering a “message” and do not try hard enough to entertain my antichrist butt.

However itf Aronofsky directed and wrote a bible movie I might have to watch it. He has a way of showing us the unglamorous side of life, he shows us the dark side and still manages to makes his films moving, interesting and often informative.

If he makes a bible movie from an obscure passage that is interesting, and not all about Jesus then I’ll be folding my hands and bowing my head, to give thanks for an interesting bible movie.

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