Paramount Acquiring Aronofsky’s George Washington Film, ‘The General’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

darren aronofsky general george washington movie Paramount Acquiring Aronofskys George Washington Film, The General

Since the box office/critical success of Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky has been looking to stretch his directing muscles. Hence, he came (painfully) close to helming The Wolverine, before instead settling on the big-budget Biblical flick Noah (based on the graphic novel Aronofsky co-created) as his next filmmaking venture – with ambitious projects such as the futuristic sci-fi movie Human Nature and historical drama The General already lined up as potentials for Aronofsky to move ahead with, thereafter.

Variety says that The General in particular is “a film that Aronofsky is eager to make” and Paramount is already in talks to acquire the project, under its first-look deal with the director’s Protozoa Pictures banner. While details are sparse, The General is described as being a George Washington-centered drama that’s less a conventional period biopic and more “an ‘Unforgiven’-like tale.”

Judging by the title alone, The General could pick up with Washington during his time serving in the American Revolutionary War. Furthermore, the Unforgiven comparison suggests this film may portray the (eventual) first U.S. Commander in Chief as a troubled elder warrior haunted by his past, who’s reluctant to return to the battlefield after his experiences during the French and Indian War (a.k.a. the Seven Years War).

More intriguing still is that The General‘s script was penned by screenwriting duo Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, who have previously specialized in broad comedic fare (New York Minute, Accepted, Tower Heist). However, between The General and upcoming projects like their new Moby Dick adaptation and Moses-centric project, it’s clear the writers are interesting in trying their hand(s) at more substantial, prestigious material.

A potentially refreshing approach to a famous historical figure such as Washington, as brought to life by a screenwriting duo with something to prove – under the watchful eye of a talented director like Aronofsky, who will also bring newfound experience to the table, after he gets a crash course in “epic” moviemaking with Noah – definitely makes The General a project worth keeping an eye on.

With Noah not being due to hit theaters until March 2014, it may be a while before any noteworthy progress is made on The General. As always, we here at Screen Rant will keep you posted.

Source: Variety

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  1. I’ve always wondered why we haven’t seen more films about US Presidents. Sure there’s the films Oliver Stone has done but other than that I can’t think of any over the past 30yrs or so.
    So I like the idea of Spielberg’s Lincoln and now this. There’s plenty of story and history to work from. Get it done Hollywood.
    And yes I realize a film about Abe Lincoln or George Washington will be costly and probably wouldn’t have a big over seas draw but IMO a good film is a good film anywhere and in any language.

    • I agree. There should be far more movies than we’ve had so far. The US Presidents are fascinating characters for the most part.

      Just look at the John Adams HBO miniseries. And he wasn’t even one of the more famous Presidents.

  2. George Washington. The Indispensable Man.
    The man who made it happen without
    whom it would not have happened.

    The greatness of Washington cannot be
    be exaggerated and any attempt to contain
    it is welcome though daunted by the man himself.

  3. Aronofsky doing GW is going to be great no matter what, but my question is who do you cast?

    • anthony hopkins

      • Hopkins is a great choice but i vote Liam Neeson

  4. So what’s the twist to make him, “edgy”? Maybe they will explore the masonic ties and have the Free Mason’s be a group that actually hunts supernatural creatures in the 1700’s!?

    Yes I’m kidding…….or am I?! O.o

    • Well, you have to give your lead character some kind of depth. I dig pathos, so the more the better.

  5. I hope they make him a flawed character and show his huge military screw ups. Too many people think he was superman, doesn’t help that schools teach history that way.

    • Mike, You should read the ” James Thomas Flexner’s series” on Washington to gain a better understanding of him, his leadership of the Founding Fathers and his contribution to our country.

  6. I think this movie will be brilliant Aronofsky is a movie genius I can’t wait for this one

  7. Mathew McConaughy would be my first choice. As of 2014, he is roughly the same age (44) Washington was in 1776. And Gwyneth Paltrow would make a good Martha Washington.

  8. Cleary David Morse is the logical choice. He did an excellent Job in John Adams.

    • @Francois

      I respectively disagree, he too old then (and that was 10 years ago!), and he is far too old now.