Back in 2002 or something, director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) embarked on an adventure to Australia to film his newest film, The Fountain. With him, he brought Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett to star. But something happened during that fateful production – Pitt ended up packing up his stuff and walking away, leaving the film to rot.
Mr. Aronofsky (I’m sorry I didn’t draw this… picture found via Google.)
Thankfully for us, Aronofsky got another shot to make the film (this time with a lot less money), with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz replacing the original cast. The Fountain finally came out near the end of 2006 and it seemed that not too many critic folk enjoyed it all that much. I, on the other hand, loved every second of it. I loved it enough to watch it three times during its week-long theatrical run. And even though the picture quality on the DVD release sucked my balls, I’ve still watched it a good amount of times since I bought it.
Now that The Fountain has come and gone, Aronofsky has lined himself up for another project entitled, The Fighter. Due out in 2009, it was originally to star Matt Damon as the brother of a fighter who ends up involving himself in criminal activity (or something like that). Word around the campfire today however, courtesy of Cinematical, is that Damon had to drop out.
Who is to replace him? None other than Brad Pitt. Did Aronofsky not learn from that first go-round? Let’s just hope that this film shoot doesn’t experience any of The Fountain‘s problems. Aronofsky is one of my favorite filmmakers, so I hope I don’t have to wait another 6 years to see another film by him.