Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Wrestler’ started as one movie

Posted by · 3:57 pm · August 30th, 2010

It goes without saying one of the most anticipated films of the fall movie season is Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” Going by the trailer, we’re in for a slice of genre goodness that taps many of the muscles the director has flexed early in his career.

In an interview with MTV, Aronofsky offers an intriguing bit of trivia: his latest film and 2008’s “The Wrestler” actually started out as one film.  It seems his 10-year-old original concept involved a professional wrestler falling in love with a professional ballet dancer.  The mind reels.

I imagine it would have been fascinating territory to cover, but the germ split off into two separate films.  Eventually Aronofsky worked with Robert Siegel’s on an original screenplay and saved the ballet stuff for the film opening the Venice film festival in just two days.

Says Aronofsky:

I’ve always considered the two films companion pieces…They are really connected and people will see the connections. It’s funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves.

Great interview.  Check out the rest at MTV.

Meanwhile, it seems Aronofsky is one of the directors up for the dreaded sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping he doesn’t do it.

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  • 1 8-30-2010 at 4:04 pm

    James said...

    Oh I hope he doesn’t do that and I don’t think he will. Hard to do a great job when this Wolverine series has started off so bland and just dull.

  • 2 8-30-2010 at 4:06 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I’d like to see THAT movie one day. The Wrestler/Black Swan, not the Wolverine sequel.

  • 3 8-30-2010 at 4:40 pm

    Bryan C. said...

    I would like to see him tackle ‘The Tiger’ some time soon (!

  • 4 8-30-2010 at 5:11 pm

    Squirrelman said...

    “The Black Wrestling Swan”

    Sounds nothing less than awesome. ^^

  • 5 8-30-2010 at 5:35 pm

    Maxim said...

    That would have been a truly fascinating film. As “Black Swan” itself should be too.

    I’m reminded, how after watching the traile for “Black Swan” I came away thinking that it has a strong Satoshi Konesque vibe to it. Not just due to the bath scene, that again, seemed to have recalled “Perfect Blue”, the enire thing was somehow reminiscent of both Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent (I’m speaking purely in terms of associations here, of course, not implying any plagarism or anything)

    The timing, of course, could not have been sadder.

    (I also don’t see anything inherently wrong with Darren helming a Wolverine film (in fact, because I strongly believe that Hugh Jackman did his absolute best ever acting job in The Fountain I actually wouldn’t mind to see them working together. Nor do I think that the quality of the first film necessarily have much of an impact on the sequel. I just don’t really care for the franchise that much to be excited. So, while I’d love to see Darren work on a project of real budger and scale I’d rather it be Robocop. In fact, in many ways Robocop would be the perfect character for him to work on.)

  • 6 8-30-2010 at 5:36 pm

    m1 said...

    A combination of a horror film and a comeback story? Could be interesting.

  • 7 8-30-2010 at 6:39 pm

    Carlo said...

    If this catches on there could be spoofs in the making… LOL!

  • 8 8-30-2010 at 8:08 pm

    MattyD. said...

    This is a really great piece, thank you so much for posting it. And I have to say that him referring to the connections between the films and the arts’ respective performers just makes me that much more excited for “Black Swan.” “The Wrestler” was easily one of my Top 3 films of 2008.

    Aronofsky possibly directing the follow-up to that horrible comic book installment makes me cring. And cringe so much more than that year-old possibility of him directing the “Robocop” reboot.

  • 9 8-30-2010 at 8:39 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    arononofsky, one of the most interesting working film makers doing wolvereine 2 would be down right depressing

  • 10 8-31-2010 at 5:51 am

    André said...

    well, Maxim, Aronofsky DOES have the international rights to “Perfect Blue” – he bought them so he could reproduce the bathtub scene in “Requiem For A Dream”. I’m glad I’m not the only one who made the connection.

    all the more touching, given Satoshi Kon’s recent and untimely passing…

  • 11 8-31-2010 at 8:53 am

    Joseph said...

    I’m going to enjoy looking for connections. And…

    *leCough* Robocop *leCough*

  • 12 8-31-2010 at 12:38 pm

    THE Diego Ortiz said...

    I thought “The Wrestler” was just a rip-off of the Jake “The Snake” Roberts section in “Beyond The Mat”

    I was wrong. It’s “Mr. Nanny” Maybe that’s where he got the idea.

  • 13 8-31-2010 at 3:21 pm

    Maxim said...

    I actually already knew about this, André. It’s going to be interesting to see if there is more connections to Kon’s work in the next film.