What to make of a director like Darren Aronofsky? He first came to prominence with the techno-thriller of sorts Pi and then did a stylistic 180 with Requiem for a Dream. Just two years ago we got the arthouse science fiction of The Fountain (featuring the best work Hugh Jackman has ever done, by the way) and now? Well... ummm... er... I'm confused.
Apparently he has a movie screening at the Venice Film Festival soon called The Wrestler starring - wait for this cast - Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. It's a movie with, seemingly, the exact same plot as Rocky Balboa, just with wrestling instead of boxing. Also with this film he has seperated from regular collaborators Clint Mansell (music) and Matthew Libatique (cinematography) and , oh no, there's not even a role for Ellen Burstyn! Colour me confused.
However, the news of The Wrestler came as much more of a surprise to me than word that he has been hired to direct the latest sequel to, of all movies, Robocop. Has the haze around Christopher Nolan's Batman reboot made people forget that Aronofsky was originally supposed to be making Batman: Year One, a far more radical upheaval of the franchise, apparently, that never came to pass.
I wonder what other weird (and wonderful) things Darren will get up to. He really is one of the most fascinating directors out there.