Black Swan

By June 16, 2009Opinions

This update is best viewed while listening to Thom Yorke – Black Swan.

As Sanji posted earlier, The Hollywood Reporter paint a pretty clear picture that Darren Aronofsky is finally going to get his Black Swan film off the ground, with Natalie now attached in the lead role. They seem there’s enough interest that its only a matter of time before the money is in place, and it might even start filming before the end of the year.

Here’s AICN’s take on the story.

At this point I think we can safely conclude that what I’ve been told all these months, that Natalie isn’t doing Suspiria, is in fact on the money. Why? Read on…

There were 4 things that made us all suspicious about those Suspira remake denials.

1) Natalie was seen meeting with David Gordon Green, a writer/director that was linked to Suspiria when the initial rumours broke. But, as it turns out, Green will be directing Natalie in Your Highness, which explains the meeting.

2) Natalie was taking ballet classes. Suspiria happened to be a horror film that takes place at a ballet school. You can really see how this rumour was created and got twisted couldn’t you? It seems that Black Swan was the ballet project that Natalie has been preparing for all along.

3) At Venice, when asked about Suspria, Natalie said she couldn’t comment about it. Perhaps the reason she couldn’t comment about it was because the real answer was “no, they’re confusing it with another project”? Although she could have been just as truthful saying that the Suspiria link wasn’t true.

4) Dario Argento, the director of the original Suspiria, said that the remake was happening and that Natalie was starring. He also said that it would shoot in July and…well with no announcements yet, that’s looking a bit unlikely.

I think that’s close to case closed. As such, after this update I’m going to move the Suspiria entry in the Rumoured Projects Page from “Possible” to “Unlikely”.

Coming back to Black Swan, I’m THRILLED about this project. We’re finally seeing Natalie in a comedy (Your Highness) and now we’re finally going to get a thriller/horror. Not only that but one from one of the greatest directors around. As far as I’m concerned, Aronofsky is batting a perfect game so far.

Pi was an exceptional first film. Requiem for a Dream still haunts me in the best possible way. The Fountain wasn’t everyone’s cup of tree sap but it was my favourite film of that year. And last years The Wrestler knocked everyone’s socks off.

Mickey Rourke talked a lot about how demanding Aronofsky is as a director, that he’ll push and push and not accept anything but excellence from his actors. That might not make for a “fun” set but it should make for a good film and, hopefully, one of Natalie’s best performances.

Your Highness, Important Artifacts, Black Swan…what a promising and mixed range of films on the way.

*does happy dance*


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  • Kate923 says:

    For the record – EVERYTHING is better when you listen to Thom Yorke with it 😀

  • Dazza says:

    Very true.

  • Garcy says:

    Gotta echo the Thom Yorke/Aronofsky love. With all these projects in the works, I hope there isn’t a Natalie backlash a la Jude Law a few years ago.

  • Mockingbird says:

    Awww @ happy dancing dazza! The minute I saw Aronofsky’s name I thought that between this and the recent David Gordon Green news you would be in raptures.

    This really does sound awesome. The plot reminds me a tiny bit of “The Red Shoes” with the combination of psychological and ballet elements which is definitely a good thing. Can’t wait to see Nat in a thriller too.

    Her upcoming slate really looks good and to think this time last year I was despairing at her career.

  • Dazza says:

    The Red Shoe Diaries? That show got me through HS 😛

    I’ve been planning to do a “I wish she would work with…” directors list for awhile now. In fact just this weekend I asked Rach if she could make a graphic for it.

    And a month ago, Aronofsky and Green would have been very strong contenders for the list.

    So yeah, I’m really thrilled. Looks like we’re going to have a very rewarding couple of years as Natalie fans.

    I think a lot of the Jude Law backlash was due to him being British and people feeling like “why is this Brit in every damn movie I go to?”

    Scarlett does 2-3 movies every year and nobody seems to mind (her frequency, her acting ability is another story).

  • omgzrachel says:

    Now this is a project I can get excited about. If it’s not just a rumor. 🙁

  • Dazza says:

    I heard that the HR report is accurate. I guess anything can happen but its looking good that a deal can be made.

  • viona says:

    thanks for the update, Dazza.
    that’s very interesting to me. that’s what I wish for Natalie early this year.
    sometimes you’ve been doing movies in 3 years but suddenly those 3 movies come altogether in 1 year, coincidence. (Jude Law in 2004, for example)
    *I always welcome all talent from british*- Aronofsky cs