Since he vacated the director's chair on The Wolverine, there's been some question as to what Darren Aronofsky would instead select as his followup to last winter's Oscar-winner, Black Swan. It appears the filmmaker has possibly decided to press ahead with Human Nature, a spec script that has been collecting dust for some fifteen years.
Oscar-winning writer/producer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) is currently working on a budget for the project; meanwhile, George Clooney has reportedly attached himself to star in the film.
Vulture says that, as it stands, Human Nature looks to become Aronofsky's next directorial effort. The spec script for the film was penned by screenwriter Jeff Welch, whose sole other professional credit is the 2004 TV movie Bet Your Life. However, his screenplay clearly has enough promise to have attracted the likes of Aronofsky and Clooney - not to mention, convince someone like Goldsman that it's possibly worth investing in.
Human Nature reportedly revolves around a man (Clooney's would-be role) who is cryogenically frozen for an indefinite amount of time. He eventually awakens in the future to discover that humankind is no longer the dominant species on Earth - and that people are now kept as pets by a new race of creatures.
If that synopsis sounds more than a bit similar to Planet of the Apes - don't worry, it's not just you.
It sounds like Human Nature would allow Aronofsky the opportunity to make a dystopian sci-fi feature along the lines of what he probably had in mind back when he was attached to the RoboCop reboot. This new project would also mark his first full-on venture into the realm of science fiction - although there were definitely elements of that genre in Aronofsky's directorial debut, Pi (and, to a lesser extent, The Fountain).
Clooney is fairly selective about his roles; he tends to only sign on for projects that have awards potential and/or a prestigious director attached. So it's not all that surprising that he would be interested in a sci-fi drama that revolves around a Kafkaesque scenario - as brought to life by a technically-proficient auteur who knows a thing or two about telling engaging stories that feature characters whose worlds begin to crumble before their very eyes.
While it goes without saying that a lot of fans were excited to see what Aronofsky would deliver with the Wolverine sequel, Human Nature also sounds promising. The latter may not be quite a blockbuster-in-the-making, but it could turn out to be an overall intelligent and entertaining sci-fi flick - assuming that Aronofsky does sign on, that is.
Look to hear more about Human Nature in the future.