Following the success of The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky has the pick of any project that he wants in Hollywood. If all goes well Natalie Portman will star as a ballerina in Aronofsky's supernatural thriller Black Swan.
The film was originally set up at Universal Pictures back in 2007, but it was put into turnaround (the studio decided not to make it and put the project up for sale). Aronofsky has recently been shopping the film around Hollywood and now with Portman's attachment it looks like it may very well find a home.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
"Swan centers on a veteran ballerina who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it's unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions."
The film has been compared to the Nicole Kidman film The Others by those who have read the script.
Aronofsky is also currently attached to direct a RoboCop reboot but due to MGM's money problems the film is far from shooting.
Aronofsky is a visionary director who has made many interesting films over the last decade or so. From Pi and Requiem For A Dream to The Fountain all of his films have been visually arresting. In fact, The Wrestler was probably his most straightforward film visually speaking - although it packed a punch emotionally. Black Swan sounds slightly generic, but there must be something interesting there if it caught Portman's eye and if it's Aronofsky's follow-up to The Wrestler.
It is expected that if Black Swan takes flight it could go into production this year.
Source: Hollywood Reporter