After breaking the heart of many a fanboy by backing out of helming The Wolverine, Darren Aronofsky has been quite the hot commodity as of late. Before the director’s next film gets underway, however, Aronofsky has made room in his schedule to direct the pilot for author Michael Chabon’s WWII HBO series Hobgoblin.
Teetering on the brink of superstardom after his last two films (The Wrestler and Black Swan) earned numerous awards and nominations, the acclaimed Aronofsky has recently flirted with the notion of bringing his unique sensibilities to a more mainstream audience – considering Maleficent, Human Nature and Noah for his next film.
Now, from The Hollywood Reporter, comes the exciting news that Aronofsky will cleanse his palette, before officially signing on to another feature film, by handling directorial duties for HBO’s most intriguing and original pilot (amongst their upcoming projects), Hobgoblin.
The proposed series from married writing duo Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman, centers on a group of magicians and con men who do battle, in their own distinctive way, with Hitler and his officers during WWII.
Give that a minute to let the sheer awesomeness sink in.
Recently, the work of Chabon and Waldman has been heavily circulating around Hollywood. Chabon has been attached to several screenplays like the upcoming John Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars), reworking key aspects of Jon Favreau’s Magic Kingdom, and finishing up David Fincher’s upcoming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake. Additionally, let us not forget that Chabon’s writing helped make Spider-Man 2 one of the best superhero films of all-time.
Meanwhile, Waldman’s novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was turned into the 2009 film starring Natalie Portman, The Other Woman.
Surprisingly, this will be the couple’s first professional collaboration.
If you’re worried that Hobgoblin will play out as Ocean’s Eleven for the WWII crowd, rest easy and read Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to see where the show will likely take many of its cues.
Though Aronofsky hasn’t really handled anything like Hobgoblin in the past, his depth of talent suggests he would be a perfect fit for this material. A character driven piece like this – set during one of mankind’s darkest hours - would certainly be ready for Aronofsky’s deft touch.
Moreover, while the director won’t totally be immersing himself into the realm of television (this being HBO, after all), it will be interesting to see Aronofsky’s work as a singular part of a larger whole. Like Scorsese’s pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire, an Aronofsky Hobgoblin pilot will most certainly serve as the de facto creative template for all other episodes in the proposed series.
A Chabon-Aronofsky partnership sounds like a match made in heaven. Hopefully, Chabon will have enough time to entice the director to pull Kavalier & Clay out of development limbo.
Sadly, there has been no start date announced for Hobgoblin, so we will be sure to keep you informed as news warrants.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter