Darren Aronofsky among ‘Superman’ director candidates

Sept. 27, 2010 | 5:23 p.m.

At 24 Frames, our sister blog, there’s a new update on the search for the director who will take flight with producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas as they get the new Superman film on the ground; the latest name is the filmmaker behind “The Wrestler” and “Requiem for a Dream“…

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Superman by Alex Ross (DC Comics)

When we interviewed Darren Aronofsky at the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, he had a deadpan answer on the progress of “Robocop,” the remake of the 1980s action movie that has been felled by financial problems at MGM. “I think I’m still attached,” he said. “I don’t know. I haven’t heard from anyone in a while.”

Now there’s talk that he could make his studio debut with a different classic property: Superman.  As he intensifies his search for a director on the Warner Bros. reboot, Christopher Nolan, who’s godfathering the new Superman and producing the David Goyer script, has had discussions with Aronofsky about the job, sources say.

Aronfosky’s latest, “Black Swan,” the hybrid dramatic thriller with Natalie Portman, looks on track to become an art-house hit, if not more, and the idea would be to bring Aronofsky’s auteur sensibility to the comic-book mythology (much as Nolan has done with Batman).

Of course, Aronofsky is just one name among many…


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