Brad Pitt & Darren Aronofsky Take On ‘The Tiger’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:10 pm,

Brad Pitt and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky are teaming up for the man-versus-animal adaptation The Tiger. Pitt and Aronofsky will co-produce the film through their respective companies – Plan B and Protozoa Pictures.

21 Grams writer Guillermo Arriaga will pen the script based on John Vaillant’s unreleased novel The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. The book is scheduled for release this August.

According to Variety:

“[The Tiger] takes place on the Siberian plain, where human development is encroaching on the tigers’ habitat — and one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an almost supernatural power, a conservationist game warden must face down the tiger. It is a fight that only one of them can win.”

Apologies to anyone hoping Pitt and Aronofsky would tell story of the philandering Tiger Woods.

The synopsis immediately reminds me of The Ghost and The Darkness. In the 1996 Michael Douglas/Val Kilmer picture, the two defend a town against two intelligent, cunning and relentless lions.

Arriaga also wrote Babel, also starring Pitt – so far the names involved in The Tiger are top notch.

The Tiger writer Guillermo Arriaga

Aronofsky has a tendency to lean towards more unconventional stories. Typically he works as writer and director – coming up with some mind-bending scripts, like The Fountain. The addition of the word “supernatural” in The Tiger’s synopsis clears up my confusion – at first I couldn’t quite grasp Aronofsky’s interest (had the film solely been a story of man vs. nature).

Recently, I read Aronofsky’s screenplay for The Black Swan - a film currently in post-production.

It is not only the best I’ve read in a while – but should stir up a bit of controversy. In Black Swan, Aronofksy directs Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, in a story of rivalry between ballerinas that escalates – ultimately tapping into the supernatural. The aforementioned controversy stems from a sultry sex scene between Portman and Kunis.

Keep an eye out for Black Swan during Oscars season, but an actual release date has not been announced.

The Tiger is currently in development and we will update you with any new information.

Source: Variety

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  1. Darren Aronofski’s tendency is towards the very cerebral I would say. And sometimes towards the over-ambitious, like his film “The Fountain”. And Babel was also an overly ambitious Crash coattail rider, I believe.

    My worry here is that reuniting Darren Aronofski and Guillermo Arriaga together might yield a movie that doesn’t have much emotion, too dry.

    And to me, Brad Pitt isn’t a very exciting actor either. For me he’s a bit on the dry side too on the emoting department.

    • The Fountain didn’t have emotion? What about Requiem For a Dream? Both of those didn’t show Aronofsky brings heart to his characters?

      • Maybe it’s my personal failing, but no, I didn’t find the travails of the characters in The Fountain to be all that moving. My mind was contemplating the triple structure of the movie, with the storybook, the “present”, and the future (with the tree), but less so connecting with the performances of the actors.

        Frankly, for me the emotion came from the music which is the real star of that movie. I don’t remember Requiem for a Dream so well, other than it was not my cup of tea.

        If others find excitement in the news of a collaboration between Aronofski-Arriaga and Pitt, all the better. I won’t begrudge them the enjoyment.

  2. get rid of Pitt — get a real actor.

    • I couldn’t agree more, specially if you read the book, the character Pitt is to play, has no commonality with Pitt in any way. The Writing could be the best thing about this project(The Tiger).

  3. huh??? what happened to Robocop??? Is it cancelled now???

  4. This movie sounds like ghost in the darkness with snow.

  5. Kitkitty, What reunion between Darren Aronofsky and Guillermo Arriaga? I do agree that “the ghost in the darkness” did pop into mind reading the synopsis but Aronofsky has always proven himself an interesting director, even going back as far as Pi. I think it’s safe to assume it will have enough to differentiate itself from GITD.

    • Isn’t Arriaga brought up in the article as the script writer? For me that’s an important part, not just of the movie, but also of the planning of the movie, of the setting and of the tone.

      And actually, for me (though memory is failing a bit) GITD was an enjoyable movie, with interest on more than one level. I’m not worried about the similarity with a 10+ year old movie, especially in the era of eternal remakes and reboots. You could take the same synopsis as GITD, change almost nothing with regards to anything other than direction, script and actors and still come up with a completely different movie, yet still a good movie.

      I’m not sure the combination of Aronokski-Arriaga will bring the best in one another, because they both tend towards pushing the envelope in terms of concept, but less so in terms of making the audience connect. Pitt can be very good as an actor (as evidenced by his completely manic role in Twelve Monkeys), but I think mostly his performances are underwhelming.

      We just will have to see.

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