Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Aronofsky to make really good movie... AFTER his next one

These days, every "auteur" director wants Christopher Nolan's deal; i.e. helm a big-budget studio tentpole - preferably a franchise, preferably action genre - and use the boxoffice clout to get the studio to pay for the projects you REALLY want to make.

Darren Aronofsky - currently riding a wave of positive buzz (which I think we're still pretending is soooo totally NOT at least partially due to the promise of Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis sex scene) for "Black Swan" - has been trying to get in on this racket for something like five or six years now, his named bandied about alongside Zack Snyder's for the "Superman" gig and even an active pursuit of an ill-advised "Robocop" remake awhile back. Now, apparently, Fox wants him on the "Wolverine" sequel. Joy.

Fox has been the universal fanboy punching-bag over the last decade of superhero movies, mostly owing to how badly "X-Men 3," "Wolverine," both "Fantastic Fours," "Daredevil," "Electra" and "Dragonball" turned out. But they've recently started making moves with their projects that sound uncharacteristically positive: Hiring the "Crank" guys to do "Ghost Rider 2" and letting Matthew Vaughn make a 1960s-set X-Men versus Hellfire Club movie, mainly.

Having Aronofsky try to salvage Wolverine after the stunning awful first one would seem to be another step in the right direction - but then none of these films have actually come out yet.


Sarge said...

Is it just ME, or has Bob gotten in this weird habit of artificially accenting one word per beat in his BLOGPOSTS? It's making his writing very irritating, which is sad because this is the only place I go to read about MOVIES.

Timothy said...

@Sarge I believe he does that to attempt to help the reader understand what tone of voice he's using, say what you will but tone is very important in how a sentence sounds. For example read this sentence in the two tones I will give you.

"I enjoy pain" - Read in a sexy seductive voice.

Sounds like: A girl into BDSM

"I enjoy pain" - Read in the voice of the Joker.

Sounds like a serial killer.

From what I can tell that's what he's trying to help you do, tell if he's being sarcastic or serious by the italics and stuff, which is what they were invented to do.

Q said...

It's alright Sarge, you're just old. You just don't know how the young people write nowadays.

Anonymous said...

@Sarge: Italics is for emphasis, especially helpful since tone is not conveyed in any way on the internet (or in text, for that matter). All the other italics are titles, which is MLA format and correct punctuation.

I'm not sure how to feel about a Wolverine anything, considering he's a character I'm no longer interested in, but if this guy is in charge, my interest is at least piqued.

Sarge said...
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Sarge said...

"tone is not conveyed in any way on the internet (or in text, for that matter)"

@sniffits: Quoted for truth. QF motherflippin' T. That's exactly why there is no good writing that doesn't employ frequent italics!

Moviebob: I'm addicted to your site. You say really interesting stuff. But if you don't learn how to refrain from using formatting techniques most of us outgrew in high school, I'm afraid I'm going to have to start writing mean things in your comment box.

Very, very mean things.

You've been warned.

Sarge: out.

(PS: Notice how I have effectively communicated tone without using a single artificial accent!)

(PPS: Shit.)

tyra menendez said...

So why did you put post scripts in parentheses?

Neue said...

Sarge wins this round, fo sho.

On the other hand... Stop whining?

Joe said...

You can find a host of advice from great novelists about how tone, intent and emphasis should be conveyed by the context, and not text formatting or other visual tricks. But this site isn't a novel, it's a blog.

Back on topic: The first commenter on that article just won the internet.

Sarge said...

Wow. Really didn't mean to become the center of attention here. Um... movies, right?

I love Aronofsky's other projects (The Fountain, Requiem for a Pi, Dream) but honestly, nothing he's done makes me think he'd make a good super-hero movie. His sense of pacing seems like it would... I dunno, not work.