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Fox Signs Black Swan's Aronofsky to Overall Deal

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2010 at 9:19AM

Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment wants to be in business with Darren Aronofsky, whose heat has skyrocketed after Fox Searchlight's back-to-back Oscar contenders, The Wrestler and Black Swan, which follows up a successful fall film fest circuit with a December 3 opening.
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Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment wants to be in business with Darren Aronofsky, whose heat has skyrocketed after Fox Searchlight's back-to-back Oscar contenders, The Wrestler and Black Swan, which follows up a successful fall film fest circuit with a December 3 opening.

The studio has signed a two year overall deal with the filmmaker, who is already prepping an installment of their X-Men franchise, The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman, who starred in one of Aronofsky's riskier ventures, The Fountain. Written by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie, The Wolverine is scheduled to begin production in April next year.


Under the deal, Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures will develop and produce films for both Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures. 

Point is, Aronofsky finally has a chance to cash in as a director. He's been pushing tough projects up the hill for a long time now, and the last two films weren't easy (see my interview). Why not capitalize on your heat to make a little money and score a bigger budget? At Wednesday's Focus Features Oscar lunch for The Kids Are All Right, which took more than five years to make, writer-director Lisa Cholodenko admitted that she's looking at what Hollywood has to offer her in the way of scripts. "I'm open for business," she said, smiling.

This article is related to: Directors, News, Darren Aronofsky


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.