Thursday, January 30, 2003
Suddenly I think I actually would be interested in seeing Darren Aronofsky's next film.
Burned by Brad Pitt's last-minute exit from his ambitious 'post-Matrix, metaphysical sci-fi movie' The Fountain last year, Aronofsky has bravely put those 'creative issues' behind him and got cracking on a conspiracy thriller called Flicker.
Adapted from history professor Dr Theodore Roszak's novel of the same name, the film will take a disturbing and revisionist look at film history through the eyes of a Los Angeles film student who starts to research a long-forgotten film director of the '30s. Becoming obsessed with the kitsch filmmaker, the student becomes convinced that his B-movies hold hidden secrets, dark, flickering moments that seem to be part of a plot to destroy life on Earth.
Neat. I thought Aronofsky's Pi was wonderful, then he lost me entirely with Requiem For A Dream which, though a perfectly good film technically, was such a horrible filmgoing experience that I will not recommend it to anyone, except to avoid it. And I haven't been enticed by some of the rumoured follow-up projects. This one sounds interesting, though... Here's more about the book, which clearly I must read.