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Hey folks, Harry here... Seems our last scooper on Aronofsky was hearing things... Seems he just wanted to hear things a certain way and got the story mixed up... Sigh.... But hey, now we have it on the up and up... So details on the Untitled Aronofsky Fall Sci-Fi Project is that he's negotiating for Brad Pitt to feature into it.... that Darren wants to use other actors he has worked with in this upcoming film.... And well... read the rest...

hi harry,

"Aquaman" here. I just got back from Tulane University in New Orleans where Darren Aronofsky had a Q&A after a screening of Pi. Alot of questions were asked. Batman was a big subject, but he was VERY tight lipped about it citing the bunk info from last night's talk at SMU. Aronofsky claimed the guy made everything up, which he was pretty pissed about. He said that while Batman is in the works he is primarily focused on his next film, which he described as a "post-Matrix metaphysical science fiction film". Its an original screenplay that starts shooting in the fall. Warner Bros. is producing it.

He was very much into speaking about Requiem for a Dream, but everything else was very vague, in particularly his upcoming sci-fi film and Batman.

The only thing he said about Batman was that it was going to be "very cool and very different" and in not so many words-"I can't talk about it." He described Frank Miller affectionately as a "total geek on Rocket skates". He also said Moulin Rouge is "the bomb".

That was about it. Clint Mansell, who did the score for Pi and Requiem, was also there. He is doing the score for Resident Evil, the upcoming film from the director of Myth of Fingerprints, and will be doing Batman's score. I know this is not alot, but it may shine some light on their future.


p.s. in regard to its home video release, Requiem is going to be rated R when it comes to video and DVD. It will be "Requiem for a Dream..edited version". The R rated DVD will have no special features. All Blockbusters and Hollywood Video and Wal-Marts will carry this version. Independent stores will carry the original NC-17 version. bye. oh, "Tell Harry to call me".

And here's the lovely the talented the more correct.... ElectoroxB

Hey Harry,

This is ElectroxB down in Texas at UNT (University of North Texas in case ya didn't know). I was at the SMU/SFA film fest closure this past Wednesday and after screening "Requiem", Darren Aronofsky of course was on hand to ask questions.

Apparently your source "infinity" messed up.

Obviously most questions were about the film "Requiem For A Dream", which I won't talk about since it's already released.

Darren talked first about "Batman: Year 1" and stated that day was the signing day. He didn't mention George Clooney. One guy shouted out, "No nipples on the Batsuit!", which Darren laughingly took under consideration.

Then he mentioned an upcoming sci fi film is his next project. He didn't mention the name. He said it was huge, awesome, never been done before, etc. He said all the Pi/Requiem people would get their cameos and said their still in talks with Brad Pitt. (He sounded more excited about this one then Batman...)

Then I asked about his caliboration between him and David Twohy. I'm a huge fan of "Pitch Black" so I just had to. He said he wrote the script originally titled "Proteus" and was going to direct it but decided to do "Requiem" instead. He said now he's just a producer and hopes it turns out okay. He described it as "Das Boot meets Alien". And I believe it's called "Below" now.

So Harry, I figured somebody's got to give you the story correctly. And being a film student that experience was awesome. Now I just need to get down to Austin where all the real action is (not out here in Denton).

Anyways, Rock on Harry!


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  • April 30, 2001, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Just as well...

    by Nocturnaloner

    Clooney's done a lot to redeem himself since the E.R. days, but I'd rather see a new, hopefully unknown, chin under the mighty Bat-cowl.

  • April 30, 2001, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Welcome BAT!

    by Daytripper69

    Darren's interpretation of Batman could be the very thing this tired franchise needs. But I still say that Burton and Keaton should be brought back also to do a "Dark Knight" adaptation... with Nicholson back in the saddle as Joker!!

  • April 30, 2001, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Ol'new layout

    by Human Tornado

    keep he background, ditch the brown. All of it.

  • April 30, 2001, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by The Gline

    ...was also the name of the supercomputer in "Pi."

  • April 30, 2001, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' Blockbuster can suck my balls!

    by Lenny Nero


  • April 30, 2001, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Let us not forget.

    by Mel Garga

    Although I have come to appreciate Clooney for doing things like Three Kings and Oh Brother, it must never be forgotten that this guy was on the fuckin' Facts of Life sporting a semi-mullet. (I think he was helping out Mrs. G at the store.) I don't care what he does from here on out. The fact remains that this guy stood in the same recording studio with Natalie, Joe, Tootie, Blair, et al. singing back-up to El Debarge in the "Special Guest" episode of 'Facts. Do you remember the dance he was doing? He's got one hand on his ear headset and he's sort of swingin the other arm like a fruit. What a fonzanoon!

  • April 30, 2001, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Darren and Denton

    by Mr.Bozak

    Hey I was right! How 'bout that! Gimme a cookie, dammit. As for Denton Texas, yes, it is a "special" type of place.

  • April 30, 2001, 9:17 a.m. CST

    What's been missing.

    by superninja

    Burton got the Joker/Batman relationship down pretty well. But #1 NONE OF BATMAN'S SUPPORTING CAST WERE COMPELLING. Except perhaps Alfred, but he's used mostly for comedic effect. Gordon, Dent, even Bullock were terribly even. I would like to see at the very least Bruce Wayne in a social setting and the complete duality of the character. Keaton did a good job, but I think the whole "playboy" mask could be taken to another level, and it would also give some room to round out the supporting cast. #2 NO LOVE INTEREST. Not unless it makes sense in terms of a character like Catwoman or Poison Ivy. He can have a bunch of pretty hangers-on, but let's face it: Batman at his best has never needed a woman or rarely, if ever. He is not him a girlfriend in every movie is stupid. #3 NO KIDS. Robin looks like a moving target, it's ridiculous. #4 NO MORE RUBBER COSTUMES. The Alex Ross design is great. With proper lighting and a personal trainer, total badassness is achievable.

  • April 30, 2001, 9:45 a.m. CST

    RE: The next batman movie...

    by Jaka

    So, in case no one has caught on, they are making an adaptation of Frank Millers Batman: Year One. If you would like to get a hint at what the next movie will be about. Read the comic! It's brilliant. As are all of Millers comics. 300: A landmark. Sin City: comic noir at it's best. Darker than any Buton film could ever hope to be. His writing fits the Batman that we all seem to love perfectly. SO READ IT DAMN IT. On ebay alone there are 7 complete copies right now...all $11.00 and UNDER. And, heavens forbid any of you would actually leave your computers, most comic shops will have the trade, or be able to get it. And they ALL could use the business right now. Also, I was watching some of the ol' broadband yesterday (over 100 movie channels...heaven) and there waw a Batman movie from the 60's. Called.....Batman. Had all the TV cast. Was this a made for TV movie? Was it the only one? AND, why don't people count the last couple animated flicks in the franchise run? They are better than the Screwmaker movies tenfold. So that would make the next Batflick number 8 or least.....OK, so I just checked IMDB for Batman. The movie was 1966. They actually show 2 movies in 1966, both called Batman. I never new the actors name that played Alfred in the TV series (and a butt-load of movies according to IMDB) was named Alan Napier. Alan Napier...Jack Napier...coincidence?

  • April 30, 2001, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen any Aranofsky movie, but

    by cifra2

    I like David Twohy's work a lot... "The Arrival" was an almost perfect - and clever - B Movie, in the way "Tremors" was (for example) and "Pitch Black" was nearly as good as his second flick. The only one I didn't like was the first (about time travelling) whose name I can't remember. Bill Pullman starred in that. So, count me in to be first in line for "Below".

  • April 30, 2001, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Wes Bentley is the only man for the job.

    by Horrrdan

    The eyes man, the eyes. HE IS BATMAN. Any one else would pale in comparison. I'mout, Horrrdan Pescado.

  • April 30, 2001, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Its long, its strong, its bound to get the friction on...its a B

    by Ambush Bug

    Bug here. I know I posted this yesterday, but it was late in the game for the last Batman story, so I'll repost it here to shock and annoy and entertain. I like the idea of a Batman Year One and I think all who were involved in Batman & Robin should stay far away. Clooney wouldn't have been bad under a good director. But it is all for the better if he wasn't involved. If they are going with a Batman 5 and not a continuation, a cool film can be done. But no Joker, please. There are plenty of loonies worthy of some screen time before we start rehashing old villains. Scarecrow could carry a film on his own. So could the Mad Hatter. But on top of this Bug's wish list is a kick ass Ra's Al Ghul story. Some of the best elements from the comics like Year One, and the Contagion and the Knightfall storylines could be used to make a Batman story full of intrigue and adventure. Picture this: Because Aronofsky promises a more cerebral story, I think he should show Bats becoming more and more obsessive about his war. There has been an increase of crime in the last few months in Gotham and Batman and Robin are being pushed to the brink of their physical capabilities. Lesser villains like Killer Croc, Firefly,and Ventriloquist could be used to show that there is an overabundance of freaks loose in the city and Batman has his hands full. To top it all off, there is a new criminal elemant in town, one that has links to Batman's past. Bats is working non stop, researching this new crime wave during the day and fighting crime at night. Robin is worried. One fateful night, BAtman is put through a gauntlet fighting warriors with his similar fighting style. He almost tracks down the head of this new crime wave, but a mountain of a man in ceremonial garb (Ubu) stops the dark night before the crime boss can be revealed. Incapacited by henchmen, Robin is forced to watch the dark knight broken and battered by the giant warrior. The villain gets away and Batman's back is severely damaged. Robin rushes him back to the Batcave. Begin flashback: Young Bruce Wayne begins his globehopping training and arrives in Egypt where an ancient warrior trains him to be the Batman. His name, Ra's Al Ghul. Present: Batman begins his road to recovery, but to do this he must retrain himself and that means he must travel back to his former master, Ra's. Alfred and Bruce travel to Egypt, leaving Robin to take care of Gotham. Bruce's journey reunites him with Talia, the master's daughter, who he once had feelings for (could also be told in flashback). Bruce undergoes an intense training session with Ra's and Talia. Ra's expresses how Bruce would be a perfect heir to his throne and husband to his daughter. He also uncovers Ra's secret of healing injuries and long life with his Lazarus Pit. Robin had his hands full back in Gotham with the Ventriloquist and Killer Croc battling it out to become Gotham's new crime lord. Bruce slowly regains his health, but notices that there is more to Ra's than he knows. His main guard, Ubu looks familiar and has a dislike for Bruce whom he sees as an interference to his designs to marry Talia and take the throne. Bruce begins to uncover a plot to destroy the world's population, beginning with the largest city in the world, Gotham city. Just as Bruce uncovers Ra's devious plan, he is knocked unconscious and spared because Ra's knows of his daughter's feeling for him. Bruce is unable to stop Ra's, Ubu and Talia from heading for Gotham with a canister containing a plague of biblical proportions in tow. Batman returns to Gotham, sees that Robin has done well by defeating Ventriloquist and Killer Croc, and the two set out to stop Ra's from letting loose the plague in Gotham. This all leads to a climactic battle above Gotham between Ra's and Bats. Batman is just about to defeat Ra's and when Talia betray's him by shooting him with her crossbow in the back. Talia and Ra's escape in a helicopter. Talia sadly waves to Bats who stands weary and broken hearted but triumphant in saving Gotham city from disaster. It more of an Indiana Jones film than a typical Batman movie, taking Bruce out of Gotham and into his past. We see Bats as a young trainee, as a detective solving the riddle of who is behind it all, and as a protector of Gotham city. ey, a bug can dream can't he? Bug's Casting Call: Billy Crudup as the Dark Knight. Selma Hayek as Talia. Anthony Hopkins as Ra's Al Ghul. John Lithgow as the Ventriloquist. Tiny Zeus Liston as Killer Croc. Batman Triumphant. Cooler than beans. If only, if only, they gave multi-million dollar comic properties to wannabe screenwriting bugs. If only.

  • April 30, 2001, 8:22 p.m. CST

    I see that Harry's weird vagina type montage for the background

    by Sith Witch

  • April 30, 2001, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I just want a good Batman relaunch film

    by superninja

    Something to wipe away the bad taste the Schumacher films left (but I have to admit that Tigerland is great. Hey, Joel...just do reality movies from now on, okay?). Burton's film was pretty good, but it was not the best Batman film that could be made. Even people that like the Burton version know there is a better one to be made. Batman is foremost a martial artist and detective. I don't care if they don't dig too deep into the detective bit, as long as they convey it somehow. I don't think it would take much. The problem is they don't treat it as film noir, and they get wrapped up in a big finale and ignore the logic. The logic can be simple, as long as it makes sense. The End to my rantings...

  • April 30, 2001, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Dark Knight yay! Dayglo Knight Boo!

    by Sadman1971

    Aronofsky's Pi was just the coolest! Haven't had a chance to catch Requiem yet, but I am just so glad that Darren is on Batman's case! Rather than a year one adaption though, I would sooner see an adaption of Dark Knight returns, especially if they did nothing to tone down the dark violent atmos. I fail to see why studios have to dumb down everything they touch and give us toy adverts instead of kick ass superhero flicks like Blade.

  • May 1, 2001, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Aronofsky sucks dented rubber monkey dicks

    by heywood jablomie

    This guy is a hack! He's like a math nerd posturing as an auteur. How does this guy have any critical reputation at all?

  • May 1, 2001, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Batman movies are for idiots.

    by Wee Willie

    Aronofsky is wasting his time with this ass-headed franchise. So is Clooney. The Dark knight? More like the jackass in the homoerotic rubber suit. Give it up. Write new myths.

  • March 8, 2002, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by G.I.Phil

    the super computer in pi was named 'Euclid'. he got a 'Ming Meca' chip. no computers were called 'Proteus' that i can recall. and i watched it 2 days ago. as for this whole batman thing; i think that aronofsky is one of the few directors that could make a really good batman flick. he would be able to make it really fit the dark, film noir style that it should have had all along.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Well done to you Ambush Bug. I have arrived from the year 2008 and have looked upon your idea for a Batman movie. Wait until you watch Batman Begins in a few years... you'll be amazed. But even better is yet to come! The Dark Knight awaits you in the year 2008 and it will fuck your eyeballs! (This is a new phrase which will become commonplace on AICN around 2008).<p>Fare thee well!