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.