As a lifelong lover of all things cinematically eerie and disturbing, nothing makes me happier than when acclaimed filmmakers dabble in the dark arts. I always cite Frank Darabont and The Mist, but it really is a prime example, so I’ll keep on referncing it until a better entry comes along. Such a new one may just have been announced fortunately—–news hit this morning that Darren Aronofsky (most recently behind the best film of 2008, The Wrestler) will be putting his in-the-works Robocop remake on the burner to work on Black Swan, a supernatural chiller that will star Natalie Portman. Aronosfky originally started developing the film back in 2007, but, at that point, his clout wasn’t strong enough to push forth a genre picture such as this; tghese days, however, he can walk into any executive’s office, flash a DVD of The Wrestler, and smirk his way into a greenlight. This must really be something he’s geeked for, then.
Black Swan‘s plot sounds like Suspiria by way of The Others, with a dash of Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, whichall equals a film that should be the tits:
“The story involves a high-stakes rivalry between two ballerinas (one of whom is Portman) as a big performance approaches. Except that one of the ballerinas is either a spook or an hallucination.”
The skilled, button-cute Portman is perfect to play a graceful dancer, so the casting so far is spot-on. Aronofsky works wonderfully with actors, too, proven by the great turns from Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Hugh Jackman (The Fountain), and, hell, even Marlon Wayans (Requiem for a Dream) in his films. And, while a somewhat minor detail, isn’t the title Black Swan quite clever for a psychological ballerina creeper? Well, I think so, dammit.
The first time I watched Requiem for a Dream, I remember thinking, “This is unsettling me out more than most modern-day horror films,” and I’ve been hoping for a straightforward Aronofsky-directed scareshow ever since. Looks like I’ll be getting one within the next couple of years. Hell to the yeah. I’ll be keeping close watch on further casting announcements and the progression of Black Swan. Knock on wood that production starts sooner than later, though Portman is definitely about to embark one hell of a busy year, between this and David Gordon Green’s comedy Your Highness.
Black Swan announcement first spotted over at: Empire Online