If Warner Bros. producer Akiva Goldsman's budget turns dollars into good sense, this could be the Black Swan director's next project, and a long-awaited career boost for the otherwise unknown Welch, whose lone credit is a 2004 TV movie called Bet Your Life. Aronofsky has been attached to a few other projects, but since awards season a question mark has loomed over his plans...
He told us last September, "I have a lot of things, but I don’t really know what I’m going to do. I’m going to play this out a little bit, take a break, a breather for a little bit. See what’s out there, and figure it out." Seems those comments still apply.
Clooney has a busy few years ahead of him. For starters, there's The Ides of March (he co-wrote the script, based on Beau Willimon's play, directed, produced and stars) which opens October 14. Then Sideways writer-director Alexander Payne's comedy-drama The Descendants lands December 16. He will soon shoot The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with Steven Soderbergh (one of the director's last two projects -- the other should be Liberace starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas), and will join co-star Sandra Bullock on the set of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity this May.
As for Soderbergh, here's a recent interview at ThePlaylist. He also has two films out this year, Haywire (date TBC) and sci-fi thriller Contagion (21 October). EW says he joked: “I’m simply announcing my retirement early so that all the various film organizations can get their lifetime achievement awards lined up.” Noted.