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AICN EXCLUSIVE!! Moriarty Chats Up ARONOFSKY About His `Psychedelic Fairy Tale' THE FOUNTAIN And Your First Look!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I’ve been talking and writing about this film for so long that it’s like an old friend when someone brings it up now. “Ah, yes, THE FOUNTAIN. How is THE FOUNTAIN these days? Keeping busy, I hope.” When I visited the set this past winter, Warner Bros. was vaguely interested in a holiday release for this year, but nothing was firm at all, and they made that very clear. I didn’t see the ComiCon presentation this summer, but I assume they remained vague about a release date then, too.

So when’s it coming out? What’s the official word?

”Definitely sometime.”

Last Friday, I had to be on the Sony lot all morning, but I got word that Aronofsky might be available for a little while in the afternoon if I wanted to talk about THE FOUNTAIN a little. By the time I got home, it was basically the close of business on the East Coast, but I managed to catch Aronofsky at the editing room where he’s working right now. Surprised to get him directly, it took me a moment to find my recorder and turn on the speaker phone:

DARREN ARONOFSKY: I’m not in a room with anyone else, am I?

”M”: No, no. Just me.

DA: How’s the baby?

”M”: Awesome.

DA: Really? Like four months or something now, right?

”M”: Four months this week, yeah.

DA: Oh, wow. Well, congratulations.

”M”: He’s been great so far.

DA: How’s your life changed?

”M”: Ummmm... I never sleep. And it’s softened me up, man. It’s amazing how much it changes the way you filter things. Watching films, even.

DA: Oh, yeah.

”M”: You become a total marshmallow at the strangest times.

DA: What do you mean?

”M”: I saw Steve Gaghan’s film last night... SYRIANA...

DA: Oh, yeah?

”M”: ... and there’s a sequence involving Matt Damon’s kid that just... destroyed me...

DA: Oh, my god... [laughs]

”M”: I know. I know.

DA: Don’t print that. They’ll call you a wimp.

[D’oh! - “M”]

”M”: I know.


”M”: Really good. I’m still digesting it.

DA: Fantastic. I sort of know Steve. We shared DPs...

”M”: It’s very TOUCH OF EVIL.

DA: Oh, great. Great. That’s fantastic. That’s quite a comparison. I can’t wait to see it. Warner Bros. hasn’t let me see it yet. When’s it coming out? Couple of weeks from now, right?

”M”: Yeah. End of this month, I think. Limited. But tell me... when do we see THE FOUNTAIN?

DA: So, yeah... we, uh... we locked picture about a week-and-a-half ago...

”M”: Awesome.

DA: It’s been a... it’s been a real... mind-fuck. It’s just a very, very hard film to cut. I shot a lot of footage and, uh, just finding the best picture in there is always really hard. Y’know, you have to be responsible to the actors and all the people who worked on it to make sure that you get their absolute best work out there. That’s very, very hard.

”M”: So when do you start working with Clint Mansell on the score?

DA: Clint started. Clint’s been on for a while now, and he’s delivering... he’s actually coming out here. He lives in LA normally now, and he’s coming out to the city next week. He’s got, uh... he’s going to London first to meet with some potential really cool collaborators that may, uh, may actually perform some of the music on the film, which I can’t talk about yet. We’re, uh, until we figure out who it’s going to be. And then he’s coming to New York, and we’ll just jump in. But he’s already delivered... I mean, he’s already done a pass on, um, most of the movie. It’s really... It’s very, very different than anything I think he’s done before and anything I’ve been involved with.

”M”: That’s cool.

DA: Yeah, it’s really going to be a beautiful score, I think. So that’s starting to come together. And then we have a lot of visual effects shots to finish. We’ve got about 200 more VFX shots to finish. That’s been the main reason why we haven’t been able to get out this year, so... I don’t think we’re going to finish our last VFX shot until the end of February or so.

”M”: Well, I’m just glad you weren’t so married to a release date that you rushed things.

DA: Yeah, they’ve been very... Warners and New Regency have been really supportive in letting me take the time to find the best version of the film. They gave me a lot of time, which is very, very generous of them. It’s a shame, because, you know, I’ve been working on it so long that... [laughs]... I want to get it out there. But there’s a few things that will get out, and I guess that’s why they wanted us to talk today, was ‘cause I convinced them to do this teaser.

”M”: I think that’s Wednesday that it goes live.

DA: Is that what they said? That’s awesome. Awesome. I’ve sort of been in touch, but I’ve sort of been underground here. But, yeah, it’s gonna come out and it’s really cool. I actually cut it with the guys at Warners and Regency, and I think it’s really... this guy Jim Frederick at Warner Bros, who cuts, I think, all their trailers. He cuts a lot of their trailers. I mean, I’m sure it’s a huge department. But he was really collaborative and it’s a very very different little teaser. It’s only like thirty seconds long, but it’s pretty cool, and it gives you a good taste of the film. I think it’s coming out on Apple... is that how that works? Like a big-screen or something?

”M”: Well, if Apple does it the way they do most of the high-profile trailers right now, they’ll do an HD version, there’ll be the three different Quick Time versions...

DA: Right, right.

”M”: ... it’ll be nice.

DA: I am so psyched. That hi-def stuff in insane, how it comes out.

”M”: Did you see the new KONG trailer in HD?

DA: Which one?

”M”: The new KING KONG trailer?

DA: Oh, wow, did they release a new one?

”M”: Yeah, they just put it online yesterday.

DA: Oh, my god.

”M”: The HD version is shocking.

DA: Oh, wow. Great, great, great, great. I’ve got to go do that as soon as I get off the phone. I’ll go check that out. I also convinced them to try and podcast it, ‘cause I’m all into that thing. So they’re going to do that as well.

”M”: Right. That’s the other new option on the Apple site. The video downloads.

DA: Oh, really? That’s cool. I always... I had talked to Don Buckley... you know Don, right?

[Don Buckley is one of the great old school Warner Bros. publicists who has been there since the glory days of Kubrick and Clint, and was one of the gracious hosts of my Montreal visit to the FOUNTAIN set. – “M”]

DA: ... and I said, “Can you podcast it?” Because I haven’t gotten my video iPod yet, but I will. I’m very excited.

”M”: It’s like every time I think I’ve got the coolest toy, they make a new toy that’s even cooler.

DA: Exactly. It’s the one thing that keeps me from killing myself is the next best piece of technology. Y’know what I mean? It’s always like, “Okay, now that’s cool.” I’ve got to be there when they finally combine the Palm Pilot and the iPod and the telephone and the GPS and... when all of that is in one thing... then I can die.

”M”: Have you shown your cut to any of the actors yet?

DA: Yeah. Both Hugh and Rachel have seen it...

”M”: And are they happy with it?

DA: Oh, yeah. Hugh was... we showed it to Hugh a couple of weeks ago. He got a break from X-MEN, and he came... he was in New York and we showed it to him, and he was pretty psyched.

”M”: That’s so great.

DA: Well, it’s a big relief. That’s always the big thing, is when you show it to the actors, and you’re like... you hope they’re crying at the end.

”M”: It’s such a different thing for him. I think it’s a really important thing for him.

DA: I hope so. I mean, you know... he’s really into it. We have a bunch of looping to do now, so I’m going to go out and see him in Vancouver in a couple of weeks to, uh, to loop the film. And he’s so talented. He just basically... what I’m going to do is, and I’ve never tried to do this before, but because he’s, like, in every scene in the movie, is I’m just going to play the movie for him and let him, like, go along with it, and loop the whole thing that way. The reason I want to do that is because we looped a few little things, and he could just basically... the first time he goes through it, even though he doesn’t know the cut, he stays in synch with his character. [laughs] That’s how talented he is. He can just see it and instantly react to it. So we’re going to try that.

”M”: Nice.

DA: That should be a lot of fun. Just run it for 90 minutes and see what he does.

”M”: Is that the running time? It’s coming in at 90 minutes?

DA: It’s, uh... no. I don’t know the running time, actually. I’m not sure... you know, I think it’s longer, but I’m not sure exactly. The credits aren’t on it yet.

”M”: It’s funny, because even though it’s such an epic journey, it really is a compact script. I would believe you if you told me it was only 90 minutes.

DA: It is. Well, you know, I think we tried to... that was part of trying to make it for the right price, cause these films are hard to... anything that’s out of the strict genre box... you know... they just seem like they’re really hard films to make. It’s been... every film I’ve made so far doesn’t quite fit in a genre. PI was not quite SF, not quite drama, and also was black-and-white, and I was nobody, so nobody gave me money for that. And then REQUIEM... that was maybe a drug movie, maybe... it can be a lot of things. Maybe an art film. It didn’t quite fit in a genre. And definitely THE FOUNTAIN is... it’s got a lot of different elements in it. It’s a sci-fi, and there’s the period piece, and there’s, you know, the magical. I’ve been calling it a psychedelic fairy tale. What do you think of that?

”M”: I think that’s as close as you’re going to get to summing up the right mood.

DA: Well, because psychedelic, and... it is a fairy tale. It is. There’s the love story about living forever, once upon a time... and the psychedelic is in the way it’s told. That’s sort of been my pitch.

”M”: So you’ve shown it to the actors, and they like it. How are you feeling about it?

DA: I’m so happy and thrilled with it. It really is... when the studio said, “Okay, lock the picture and finish it up” about a week-and-a-half ago, it felt... it was just a great feeling. I really feel like it’s... it’s beyond... when you do a film, no matter how much homework you do on a movie, when you shoot it, it just becomes something completely different. No matter how much 2-D homework you do, when you get there in a 3-dimensional, and there are actors in that 3-dimensional space, it just becomes so different. And then when you get to the editing stage, you’ve just got so much footage, and for me and Jay, the editor, it just became like this overwhelming mound of footage to try and figure out. And also with a film like this, with a structure that can change so easily, how that structure changes can have such an impact on what that film is. It really was a jigsaw puzzle of trying to find the best solution within all the material we had. So for me and Jay, it was a really beautiful feeling to finally get to a place where we were really thrilled with every minute of the film, and it’s something to me which has done the thing which is necessary, which is... I think it’s going to keep people interested, and it’s going to be a very, very different experience for anyone who sees it.

”M”: Okay, so then, I guess the other big news lately has been you signing on to do the episode of LOST.

DA: [laughs] Oh, yeah!

”M”: Yeah?

DA: What do you think of that? You think that’s cool?

”M”: I love the show.

DA: Good.

”M”: It’s so addictive. They couldn’t seem more excited, either. They just put out a thing... if you sign up at their site, they send you a newsletter thing, sort of a “from the writer’s room” thing every so often... and they just put out a thing last week where they were like, “OHMYGODWEGOTDARRENARONOFSKY!”

DA: [laughs] That’s very flattering. I just love the show. I just, uh, I had heard about it, and it sounded like it was right up my alley, because I’m from the Rod Serling fanbase.

”M”: For me, I’m a PRISONER freak...

DA: Exactly.

”M”: ... and this sort of scratches that itch.

DA: Exactly. During the shoot on THE FOUNTAIN in Montreal, I had... I was watching tapes of it, and it was really addictive. It was like the one thing I could watch to just clear my mind at the end of the day before I crashed out, y’know? It was just so much fun. I just got really into it. And then, um, I was like, Well, I wonder if they’d ever be interested in... you know... And I’m thinking, they shoot it in Hawaii. I love all the actors. I mean, the casting on that show is just superb. It’s great.

”M”: I think if you’re a fan of the show, it’s really because of that ensemble.

DA: Yeah. And they’re all great. I mean, I don’t know... how do you... that’s the amazing thing to me about the show, is that they cast all these great actors that no one’s really... I mean, most of them... some of them have done a lot of great work, but a lot of them, I had never seen before, and they’re just great. So I was sort of like, That’d be cool. Just spend a couple of weeks in Hawaii with actors. I definitely... look, I’m going to them. They didn’t come to me. So it’s not like going to be, by any means, “a Darren Aronofsky show.” I’m just going there to do an episode of LOST.

”M”: I’ve talked to a couple of guys recently... I talked to Peter Hyams, who was directing some episodes of THRESHHOLD... and it seems like one of the great things about TV has got to be how you go from signing on to prepping the script to production, and then it’s on the air in what seems like weeks, as compared to a feature.

DA: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. It takes a long time. This will be a lot less... I’m really servicing someone else’s vision here. I’m trying to do it the best as I can, but it’s really... they have their own visual style, which I think works very well for their show, and they have their acting style, which is clear. I’m just psyched to honor that and to be part of that lore. And maybe I can actually find out a few secrets.

”M”: [laughs] Your ulterior motive surfaces.

DA: I can hold it over my friends’ heads a little bit. I’ve been trying to talk to Damon, like, “Okay, come on, how’s it all add up?” But he never... how am I supposed to direct it if I don’t know the truth? [laughs]

”M”: I have a friend who is connected to the show, and they must have implanted microphones in all of them, because he won’t say anything even in private.

DA: When I ask the wrong question on the phone, they just get really silent.

”M”: Or they smile at you a lot.

DA: Oh, do they?

”M”: “Nope. Can’t tell you.” So do you guys have any plan about when THE FOUNTAIN might actually be...

DA: I don’t know yet. I think they’re just going to let me finish it. I don’t think it’s going to be this winter. It’s definitely ’06. They haven’t given me a date yet. I’m just happy to get it done. And you know what? They are really good at what they do, at selling movies, and hopefully they will figure out the best place and way of bringing it out. I can’t wait to get it out. I’m psyched to show it to everyone who’s been supportive for s long. Including yourself. I’d love to show it as soon as we can. At this point, I’m going to wait until it’s completely polished and scored and mixed and on film, as opposed to showing it on HD, or without the proper mix. They’ve been really great, and they don’t want to test it. They’re just going to finish it, which is very cool. There are still the 200 FX shots...

”M”: That’s more than you originally had planned.

DA: Yeah, I sort of added a few.

”M”: I’ll bet.

DA: There are just these amazing things you can do with VFX now that are very, very subtle things, which I learned. You can do... you can split the screen now. Say you have two actors sharing the screen, and the timing between their lines is not quite right. You can actually split the screen and speed up one side. You can off-set the timing on one side, so that you can change how their interaction works. You can do these little subtle effects that no one will ever notice, but they actually help the drama of the film. If you like a certain part of a performance, but something else is happening onscreen that you don’t like, you can take it out or you can manipulate it. The tools you have in Photoshop are there and available now for motion pictures, which is just fantastic.

”M”: It seems like the freedom that affords you in the editing room has got to be liberating.

DA: It’s a lot less pressurized. Instead of spending $200,000 a day, you’re spending a fraction of that. And also, you know, the graphic novel’s about to come out.

”M”: When does that hit?

DA: That’s going to hit any day now, I think. I just got my first bound copy like two days ago. They’ve actually agreed to let it come out first. So that’s actually going to be in comic book stores in mid-November. Literally a week or two. And then it’ll be in Barnes & Nobles and other bookstores December 1st. It’s great. Have you ever seen any of the art? Did I show you any of it?

”M”: We saw a little bit of it in Montreal.

DA: It’s completely different than the film, so it won’t ruin the film. It just kind of adds to the mythology of the story, because it’s Kent Williams’s take on the script. He brought his own vision to it. The characters are... it’s not one of those cheesy comics where it’s a bad likeness of Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. It’s... it’s his interpretation of what the characters look like. So... and then, of course, it’s based on a script was from before it went through the shooting process, and then the shooting process changes it, and the editing process changes it more, so it’s a very different experience. I think Kent did a really beautiful job. So that’s coming out, which is... there are definitely some peeks coming now at what we’ve been up to for the last few years.

”M”: That’ll keep people happy. Because, seriously, the volume of mail we get asking for any information about the film...

DA: Is that true? That’s really cool. [to someone else] ... what? They’re waiting downstairs? Tell them I’ll be right down. [to me] We’re about to go watch some of the visual effects now on film for the first time. Okay. Will you call me after you see the, uh... have you seen the teaser?

”M”: Nope. Not yet.

DA: It fucking rocks. [laughs] I’ll be very, very curious... either call me or drop me an e-mail. I’ll be curious to see what you think. And what are you going to do with this? Just put it up or something?

”M”: I’ll put this up to let people know that the trailer’s coming this week.

DA: Oh, that’s cool.

”M”: We’ll let them know the teaser’s coming, let them know where you guys are with the movie...

DA: There are going to be a lot more surprises. I heard people really enjoyed the screen saver...

”M”: Absolutely.

DA: There’s going to be a lot more stuff like that.

”M”: That screen saver was like downloadable drugs.

DA: That’s only the tip of the iceberg from what we’ve got coming.

”M”: I’ve tried to describe the Peter Park stuff to people...

DA: That was actually a shitty one. Now I’m kind of bummed because everyone liked it so much. But now as we show them other cool stuff, they should be even more impressed.

And with that, Darren got called away. So there you have it. Keep your eyes on the Apple site, or right here at AICN, and we’ll let you know where to find the FOUNTAIN teaser as soon as it’s up. In the meantime, hit your local comic store, and take a look at the mind-blowing work that Kent Williams has done telling a story that has been a long time coming, indeed. Thanks to Darren A for his time and to Darren O for setting it up. I’ve got to get back to transcribing Wolfgang Peterson now, and I’ve also got today’s DVD column to prep. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Nov. 8, 2005, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Damn, Great Interview

    by pfizzle

    Keep up the awesome work, Moriarty.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 6:24 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... dig through those other links. We've talked about this film. A lot. At this point, short of printing the script, I'm not sure what else we can really discuss without ruining the experience. Since we were talking about HD trailers on Apple, it seemed appropriate. When you're chatting with people, you don't meander a bit? Or did you just have extra Nitpick on your Butthole Flakes this morning?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I'd take a fun interview like this

    by pfizzle

    over half the shit other sites publish. I'm far more interested in reading the entire thing if it is obvious both people in the interview are having a good time. His Cronenberg interview was one of the best that has been on this site for a long time, for that very reason. It doesn't show any lack of journalism...

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by Sheeld

    Sounds like an amazing project. Hope it'll all come together to create another Aranofsky masterpiece.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Really interesting interview

    by DocPazuzu

    I can't wait to see this thing.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:05 a.m. CST

    re: BallToucher -


    You can read "interviews" with Darren Aronofsky everywhere. And in those interviews you get the idea that he's a very serious intelligent emotional being. But you never really get a look at his personality. This isn't an Interview that Drew did... It is a CONVERSATION... You got to be a fly on the wall of a conversation between Mori and Aronofsky. And you know what? This brilliant artist behind PI and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM... what does he want to do after the interview... Go watch the Kong trailer. What was he watching as a palatte cleanser during making this psychedelic fairy tale? LOST and why does he want to do LOST - to find out more secrets to lord over his friends. That's right - In this simple transcription of a conversation with one of the great working filmmakers today - you get to find out that Aronofsky is a kid like all of us, an incredibly talented Man-Child, but then all filmmakers are. It's a secret to the great ones. They all played in cardboard boxes that were spaceships and forts. They all turned a pen into a six-gun or a light saber. And today, they're still doing it... tempered with the maturity of an artist, but driven by that childlike joy of seeing something cool. This Conversation is EXACTLY what AICN is about. Read FILM COMMENT for the analytical high brow conversation - it is a fantastic magazine. This place is just a bit more fun and flippant.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Balltoucher - what would you ask?

    by dastickboy

    I'm genuinely interested. I agree with you that this wasn't a probing interview, but Harry nailed it by calling it a fly-on-the-wall conversation. You can tell the guy has a million and one things going on, while trying to edit what seems to me to be an impossible-to-edit movie. I like the fact that he's psyched to be directing Lost, not for the challenge but to meet the actors!!

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:25 a.m. CST

    funny how you guys always get your fair share of pricks around h

    by drakeavenue

    There should be a filter for talkbacks that strains automatically any asshole or dim-witted inspired comments.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Man why do you gotta insult the guy to get a response!

    by ALUCINOR11

    How about some responses to us talkbackers who enjoy the site and respect you guys without calling you a douche cake. I was wondering when the LOST episode would come up! Man best show on t.v. or one of them depending on your view! Anyway The Fountain sounds absolutely amazing sad to think some guys are awaiting fast and the furious 3 and have no idea about a movie like The Fountain...Foolish Knaves they are!

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... is there something you asked we didn't answer? Happy to help if I can.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Em... Why not ask about an extended cut?

    by ZP-Blight

    Good interview Moriarty, but the guy talked about how much footage he shot several times and added that they are cutting it to about 90 minutes. Wouldn't the logical next question be if there was any plan for an extended cut on the DVD release?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Talkbackers are so cool.

    by Spamgelus

    I love when people come to a free website for movie news that they couldn't get on their own and bitch about said news because it isn't informative enough for their tastes. That's pretty cool.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:01 a.m. CST

    There ya go!

    by ALUCINOR11

    Nah Nah I just noticed in a bunch of talkbacks lately you only seem to respond to morons and ass holes who try to talk shit for no reason other than to be an idiot. I don't think you guys have to explain yourselves I mean we all do come to this site daily. I meant no disrespect was just commenting! But anyway here is something since I have your attention... You guys ever thought about making your own top ten list of random stuff from movies, example- best villians, special effects, best quotes.. I know that might be a chud thing but hey I figured us talkbackers could get in on it and have a gay old time. Also anything about the Halo movie would be great to hear.... FUCK YA!

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:03 a.m. CST

    ZP Blight

    by drew mcweeny

    I don't get the impression they're making Aronofsky cut the film for time. I think the cut we're going to see in the theater is the director's cut, but I'll tell you what... I'll ask him when I talk to him next and find out for sure.

  • And that, my friends, is why AICN rocks. I need this movie like I need air.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Aronofsky is probably the only person who could bring The Prison

    by MontyPigeon

    The guy is so talented he could just pull it off. Looking forward to the Fountain and I'm still sticking pins in my voodoo doll of Julia Roberts for STEALING the oscar from Burstyn. Requiem is one of the finest pieces of cinema ever released and should be seen by everyone.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Richard Kelly and Darren Aranofsky teaming up would be crazy.

    by ALUCINOR11

    The most insane movie ever.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Awesome interview Moriarty...

    by Rindain

    ...I was dying for a status report on this film. Can't wait for the teaser and more downloadable drugs. Anyway, did you get any information about his next film project? Will it in fact be Black Flies?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by Rindain

    While there's a chance you'll see this, is there the ittiest, bittiest possibility that we could have a similar interview with James Cameron? I would probably die from happiness if that happened.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by ZP-Blight

    From the tone of the interview it didn't sound as if they were pressuring him. But the DVD audience and the Theatrical Audience and not always the same or there isn't exactly the same limitations. DVDs gives the director more freedom to put things in that in a Theatrical situation may in fact cause the studios headaches but in a DVD would be seen as additional purchase incentive.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:36 a.m. CST

    posters like balltoucher are the reasons talkbacks are so infuri

    by Uncooked_Meat

    ... you can critcize up and down, but you've yet to respond to dastickboy's (very sharp) question - what WOULD you ask? What ground do you feel hasn't been covered, that wouldn't ruin the movie for us? Other than the cut question, I guess the only other thing I'd want to know is about DVD cuts/extras, but then, not everyone is Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro, who specifically think about the DVD release when making movies. All said, I think this was one of the better interviews I've read. And Rindain, I suspect the reason you'll never read a similar interview with Cameron is because his ego has ballooned well beyond any chance of that.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by gobofraggleuk

    I may be the only one who feels this way, but I really don't like it when interview transcription includes every 'um' and 'ur' between phrases of sentences... I mean, I can see how it might seem more natural, but it has me imagining DA as Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. And as for Richard Kelly and DA, RK isn't fit to edit DA's DVD deleted scenes reel. I'll give RK another chance with Southland T, but Donnie D was the biggest bunch of overhyped baloney I've seen in quite a while. And it was worse with the director's commentary, realising there really is no hidden coherence and he really has just based it on a misunderstanding of an aspect of Stephen Hawking's work.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Moriarty, can you please ask Aronofsky next time...

    by Darth Busey

    1) Will he ever make a war movie? 2) If he could adapt one superhero property (Batman exempt), what would it be? What did he think about Batman Begins? 3) If George Lucas came to him and offered him the chance to make a standalone film about the Star Wars universe, would he do it? And what would it be about?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Where's my first look?

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    I clicked for my first look, where?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Yeah...and next time ask him...

    by dr_buggerlugs

    ...what sort of chat up line did he use to land a woman like Rachel Wiesz...cha'mon, help a brother out here...

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Isn't it interesting...

    by Rindain

    ...that all the assholes on Talkbacks have names like "Turd Burglar" and "Ball Toucher?" This interview is AICN's style. If you don't like it, leave.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Answers for Darth Busey

    by Wee Willie

    1) Maybe. 2) I liked Batman Begins, but I'm a serious filmmaker who comes up with my own ideas, so I don't feel the need to "adapt" comic books. Besides, Superheroes are for kids and I make movies for grown-ups. 3) I'd counter-offer something a little more mature and interesting than Star Wars. Star Wars is played, yo!

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Kind of interesting...

    by Ribbons

    ...that the two people bothering Moriarty for being "unprofessional" are called BallToucher and TurdBurglar.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    You know Aronofsky was actually signed onto write and direct a Batman Year One flick right?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Darren Aronofsky has a beer and cheets on his wife

    by Darth Busey

    Thanks for the reply.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:46 a.m. CST

    by bigj3rk

    Can't wait to see this flick.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Even though you tried to fool us with the 'first look' t

    by half vader

    Maybe now the young'uns will see another great artist that Ashley Wood shamelessly rips off (ha ha).

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:48 a.m. CST

    looking forward to this one!

    by Sinisterjim

    Aronofsky's one of those filmmakers you just don't see enough from. I much prefer the conversation format to formal interviews, you get a better idea who the person is and where they are coming from, and the flow is more naturalistic. Good job.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Aronofsky was also set to do Watchmen

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Forgot about that, just pointing out comic books obviously aren't something he considers beneath himself.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I didn't have a problem with the interview,

    by FrodosBlueBalls

    but what the fuck was up with the King Kong plug in the middle there?? Is Peter Jackson paying you guys?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:58 a.m. CST

    It's shit like that, that makes this site lose it's inte

    by FrodosBlueBalls

    I'm at the point where I read the site everyday, but now my conspiracy meter is on high and I'm trying to figure out the motives behind every review and every article. Am I the only one here that feels that way?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Gheorghe Zamfir

    by Wee Willie

    Yeah, yeah, I know. It's just that those questions we so moronic. And hey, he didn't do it, right? He came to his senses!

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST

    yeah, we didn't need the small talk

    by Rupee88

    I don't think it was criminal to post it, but it didn't really tell us anything about DA that relates to his work as a filmmaker. I don't really care what his favorite foodis or how he loves kids or puppies or anything like that. Moriarity is cool, but he perhaps made a bad call with this one...again a minor one though.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I would've liked some Batman: Year One questions in there

    by FrodosBlueBalls

    There is no text here.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Unbelievable... it's as if people are desperately looking fo

    by Uncooked_Meat

    ... too much small talk, not enough Batman questions... Unreal. This isn't Variety, folks. That's always been the appeal of AICN, the kind of everyman's take on movies. Now you bitch about it. So they can't win - either AICN is a corporate shill with too many ads for X movie and no soul, or it's too much small talk and opinion. Sheesh. I will admit that there is sometimes some over-hyping that goes on here, but this is getting ridiculous.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Gheorghe and Wee

    by Ribbons

    He's also wanted to do an adaptation (remake?) of the comic series "Lone Wolf and Cub."

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I had a point to make about the interview, but I forgot from tri

    by oceansized

    "Man, that was the most acid I ever saw anyone take at one time. I hope you're not planning on doing anything for the next couple of months."

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 12:12 p.m. CST

    pwei to score the fountain?

    by gredenko

    could it be? the poppies got back together and recorded a new record, and DA is being cagey about the collaborators... could we see a pwei film score?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by pfizzle

    No, you're probably not, but I don't know why the hell you'd feel that way in the first place. The AICN writers may have different opinions than you, but it isn't like they out and out lie about a film. And just because they like something and try to hype it doesn't mean they're in someone's pocket - that's just what people do when they're excited about something. I've never met Eli Roth and I haven't had the chance to see one of the festival screenings of Hostel, but I still whore the fuck out of that movie to people who don't know about it. I do it so much I'm practically sucking off Eli Roth, but it isn't because someone is paying me to or because I know the guy. We nerds are just very, very easily excited.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by FrodosBlueBalls

    I'm the first one to get excited about a movie and force everybody I know to go and watch it, but sometimes I feel like the website crosses that line. Plus I feel like theres a conflict of interest. I still enjoy the site and it's first on my sites to visit every day, but would you trust Roger Ebert's reviews if he was taking money from studios??

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I'm more film geek bonerized for Fountain, than comic book b

    by vinceklortho

    It's that simple. I think DA is a great original young filmmaker. If you like movies, you must be excited for this because it's so mysterious. You don't have all the comic book adaptation baggage that must appeal to us nerds. But, you do have Film Geek expectations to take care of. And, I think DA will give us something amazing. I agree with Harry and think it's cool that he wants to see the King Kong trailer just like all of us. It's cool to see that stuff, along with the fact that he really wanted to geek out and direct Lost. Cool

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Damn TurdBurglar, that comeback was so sharp it cut me.

    by oceansized

    "Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!"

  • If?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I'm having withdrawl simptoms..

    by Bean_

    How long has it been!?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by jorson2

    Why is almost every "psychedelic" or "drug film" called original and intelligent and worshipped on this site? Hollywood makes the same "mass appeal" movies over and over again and people here call it crap. Guys like Aronofsky make the same disjointed, non-genre type of stuff over and over and you treat him like a genius? What gives?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 3:22 p.m. CST

    George Takei will own your ass !!!

    by jesuschrist

    You forgot one other thing, Moriarty. Any mention whatsoever, of George Takei's absolute 100% ownership of your ass! Perhaps an interview with mighty lord of all butt posession would serve you well! Takei! Owned!

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 4:50 p.m. CST

    BallToucher----who cares what Aronofsky thought of Kill Bill bei

    by Thunderballs

    Are you fucking kidding me? And then you want to know where he thinks the industry is headed? These are easily two of the stupidest questions one could ask. At least think for a bit before responding. Seriously, Kill Bill? Please tell me you are joking. Why don't we ask him what he thought of Serenity as well?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Heh heh...the question that clearly would've won over the ta

    by Freakemovie

    ..."what are your thoughts on Joss Whedon? Awesome, Kick-ass, or God?"

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 5:08 p.m. CST

    can someone please explain to me what THE FOUNTAIN is about?

    by Hideo Kojima

    because this interview really didn't help me understand anything except mori loves his kid, king kong, and HD.. but we already knew that, didn't we?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... hence the links to the earlier reports, which include a full script review, a set visit, and more. Follow the links and fill in the blanks.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 6:29 p.m. CST

    George Take wil own your ass!

    by jesuschrist

    Stop avoiding the point Moriarty! I challenge you to deny his ownership of your ass! Ha ha! ( I can't wait to see him try to beat my iron-clad logic here...)

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:05 p.m. CST

    you should just ignore them Moriarty

    by Rindain

    They are all sad, desparate individuals who are starved for attention, so they act obnoxious/stupid just to get a rise out of us, and you in particular. Anyway, thanks again for the interview--that teaser can't come soon enough.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I apologize for being so quick to ask...

    by Hideo Kojima

    considering it was stated earlier in the talkback... other than that I wasn't trying to derail Mori at all... It's just that although I've heard about the film, I've never really HEARD about the film.. if you catch my drift. Is this the movie that has some nice psychedelic screensaver as a teaser? Or am I thinking of something else?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 7:32 p.m. CST

    ass 2 ass

    by reckni

    I'm staying pure, staying away from learning anything about the plot. Haven't seen any pictures either (if there are any). I'm really looking forward to The Fountain, the release date needs to be now. D.A. can do no wrong. What's the budget on this baby?

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Darren's next picture

    by drjohnnyfever

    The big-budget clockbuster adaptation of the world's greatest TV show ever, WKRP in Cincinnati.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 8:57 p.m. CST

    "Who fucking cares?"

    by Ribbons

    The interviewer, obviously. Granted what Darren Aronofsky thinks about the new HD Kong trailer isn't really all that interesting, but like Harry said, it was more like a conversation than a formal interview; don't know whether that was intentional or not, but we got more of Aronofsky's personality in the process. If you're honestly not trolling I'm sorry for calling you out, but I figured, what with the handle and all, that you were one of those people who liked to stir the shit.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 9:34 p.m. CST

    fun read

    by jrbarker

    good going Mori

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:05 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    How 'bout a B- for 'Catwoman?'

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Curse you Aronofsky...

    by Christopher3

    You get to schtup Weisz.

  • Did this comment strike anybody else as incredibly Lucas-ian? I don't know if I like the idea of somebody going in and "fixing" people's performances with computers.

  • Nov. 8, 2005, 11:48 p.m. CST

    George Takei will own your ass !!!

    by jesuschrist

    So Moriarty, you are afraid to face me, I get it... your ass, like your father's, is now...TAKEI'S!!! CAPITAL LETTERS!

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Lost scratches your Prisoner Itch?

    by DocArzt

    I thought this interview was yet another self referrential pieces of AICN tripe. Another "oh look at me I hang out with Hollywood people" kindergarten show-n-tell. Then you mentioned the Prisoner and made me love you. Damn you.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Frodo and Friends

    by McBane

    What is the background image on every page? Kong? What is Harry's favourite movie? 1933 Kong. Now let me spell it out for you. Harry loves Kong. Harry loves LOTR. The Director of LOTR is making a new film called Kong. Hence every day we get Kong news. Look this site was never gonna stay underground for long. It is now as much a part of Hollywood's PR machine as anything else. Nevertheless we still get cool news and every now and then, the site still makes a difference. [Abrams Superman script] They may have sold out a little bit, but not that much. In the end if Harry likes a films that's crap, he has no problems admitting it.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 8:26 a.m. CST

    So when the Fuck does the Teaser come out?

    by Russman

    Can we have a date please? Other than that, nice interview. I can't wait to see this.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by wackynephews

    Can we get some follow up questions on the "silverfish" like set up he had going on the set? I've been looking for more info on the set up and all research keeps leading me back to your article. Did he like it? What would he change? Is he going to keep using that set up? Where did it save time? Where did it cost time? That kind of thing.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Ouch McBane, you really got me there.

    by FrodosBlueBalls

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious. This whole time I thought it was a giant gorilla masturbating his gigantic hairy cock.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Teaser Time

    by Plum

    I assumed "Wednesday" meant today, since the conversation took place "last Friday." It's not there yet, but if I can wait months for one word on the project, I can wait a few more hours for a teaser. And the OT stuff wasn't unpleasant to read, exactly; it just made me really impatient for what I wanted to know- when's the movie coming out, why is it taking so long, and will we ever get a trailer. I really couldn't care less about Lost or King Kong.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 12:22 p.m. CST

    word up, tame t. c.

    by duanejones

    ellen burstyn can be one america's most mannered actresses and i have found her to be insufferable at times (e.g. _king of marvin gardens_, _resurrection_, _spitfire grill_, etc.). but when this method actress commits, there's no question of her talent, and in _requiem_, no question of her fearlessness. absolutely brilliant and heartbreaking -- one of the great performances of the past decade, no doubt.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    As M said, it's a conversation. He wanted to post it to give us as much information on the film as possible. Hell, I had no idea when the film might be coming out, no idea about the amount of FX shots, or when the teaser was coming out. And now I do. Job very well done.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 2:33 p.m. CST

    BallToucher is a lady?

    by RaulMonkey

    Biggest news of the day! Makes sense, wanting to touch balls and all, but I'd just assumed he was like a fifteen-year-old boy or something going for gross-out points. The name's a little less funny now--it'd be like calling me PussyFucker.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 2:53 p.m. CST

    There are a few people I really root for...

    by fiester

    Aranofsky is one of them. He gets the Fiester Seal of Approval.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Star Wars: Episode III will own your ass

    by Doc_Strange

    $210 million in the first week, and battlefront 2 is quite a good game as well. I heard Aranofsky did Requiem. Wasn't that the movie where Jennifer Connelly does double dong action with some other chick at the end?

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Spell his name right

    by pfizzle

    Jesus, it is in the fucking title.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 7:33 p.m. CST

    The trailer is finally up...

    by Darth Yddet

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by Darth Yddet

    OK. Just watched it... and wow. This looks amazing. It's great to see Aronofsky back. And it's great to finally see some of the stunning visuals to an amazing script.

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Doc Strange!

    by jesuschrist

    I think you are baiting me. You know George Takei is ass owner NUMERO UNO! Stop your Star Wars jabber! Stop it! Stohohohop... look, now you made me cry. Are you happy? Are you happy now? Boo hoo hoo hooo....

  • Nov. 9, 2005, 11:36 p.m. CST

    I'm so going to...

    by Jaka

    ...laugh when Aronofsky answers all the questions in this talkback. I love this site. In my world George Takei is Captain Sulu. And I am definitely going to see this movie.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 7:18 a.m. CST

    No need to bash Mori

    by liljuniorbrown

    Just make your nitpicking statement and move on. Here's mine....I liked your "conversation" with DA and i'm sure you wanted to ask more questions.Here's mine,What about Batman Year One and Watchmen? Will you ever bring your artistic vision to a comic book film or other major franchise?Who would have been your first choice for Batman and or the Joker in the year one film ? When you talk to him again ,ask him those questions for me.I'd consider it a personal favor.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 6:25 p.m. CST

    That guy from X-men is boring

    by indiephantom

    but he was killer in "Swordfish". I'll give him props for that. Love the BJ under the about pressure dudes.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Jackman is the right guy

    by MondoGundark

    Anyone who doubts that is obviously retarded. I'm genuinely looking forward to this movie (and I might actually be convinced to go back to the theater to see it before it comes out on DVD, two months later), based on what little info I've seen so far. THAT, my friends, is effective advertising.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Teasers don't mean much, but....

    by Rupee88

    that looks fucking cool...

  • Nov. 11, 2005, 3:36 p.m. CST

    The PROBLEM with THIS interview

    by JaPra

    It's not that lighthearted or flippant is neccessarily a bad thing, it isn't. The problem is, is that Mori, Harry and others aren't writers therefore on many occasions, their reviews/editorials are wordy, unfocused, and continually amateur in nature. These are the little basement dudes who made good. Conducting a serious, balanced and informative interview comes in second to geeking out at the fact that they actually get to speak to the likes of master filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. I have never come to AICN for eloquent and/or intelligence. I come to AICN to geek out on a new film I may be excited about and that's it. But who put a premium on professionalism? Geek is the new black, fanboy is the new Brad Pitt. JaPra

  • Nov. 11, 2005, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Right, because everybody knows that "professional" interviewers

    by FluffyUnbound

    "Professional" interviewers never end up just getting the same four or five PR prepackaged answers to the same four or five stupid and obvious questions, or anything like that. Not at all.

  • Nov. 11, 2005, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Mr. Aranofsky sounds like a great guy, and yes, he's talente

    by Orbots Commander

    Maybe take a pointer or two from Clint Eastwood or Spielberg who are known to work very fast, efficiently, and often end up with good work.