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‘Black Swan’ Scribe Set To Adapt ‘Syndrome E’ For Indian Paintbrush And Paramount

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‘Black Swan’ Scribe Set To Adapt ‘Syndrome E’ For Indian Paintbrush And Paramount
Exclusive: Mark Heyman has been set by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush to adapt the international bestseller novel Syndrome E. Heyman’s recent script work includes the Darren Aronofsky-directed Black Swan. Originally published in France, the Franck Thilliez novel, the first in a series, was published stateside by Viking last summer. Film RitesSteve Zaillian & Garrett Basch are producing with Steven Rales & Mark Roybal. The protagonist is a beleaguered detective named Lucie Hennebelle, who discovers that her friend comes down with a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare and spectacularly violent film from the 1950s. The cop discovers that the film has been embedded with subliminal images that those who come in contact with it end up dead. The detective teams with a Paris cop who has been trying to figure out the film’s connection to five men murdered and left in the woods. Together they
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Amber Heard is a sexy femme fatale in the early trailer for Syrup

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I have been waiting patiently for Max Barry's novels to make their way to the big screen, but Syrup was not the one I thought would get made first. Barry is an excellent Australian author who has penned four novels: Syrup, Company, Machine Man, and Jennifer Government. Jennifer Government is my personal favorite and it was well on the way to being filmed when things fell through with George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's old productions company, Section Eight Productions. That is not to...
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Lionsgate Buys ‘Black Swan’ Writer Mark Heyman’s ‘Xoxo’

Lionsgate Buys ‘Black Swan’ Writer Mark Heyman’s ‘Xoxo’
[1] It's been months since Black Swan co-writer Mark Heyman began shopping [2] his upscale thriller Xoxo, but the project has finally found a home at Lionsgate. After months of negotiation, the studio has just finalized a deal to acquire Heyman's spec script, described as "Fatal Attraction for the digital age." As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky and Michael London (Sideways) are set to produce, along with Kelly Mullen. More details after the jump. Xoxo centers around a young up-and-coming who indulges in online flirtation despite being engaged to be married. He meets an attractive woman on Facebook, but their digital relationship proves to have deadly real-world consequences when she begins stalking him. Xoxo will incorporate stylized visual sequences to show the characters interacting, as well as streaming video and other social media platforms. It's unclear at this point what those scenes will look like, exactly, but they're bound to be more interesting
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Lionsgate Picks Up Facebook Thriller Xoxo by Black Swan Scribe Mark Heyman

A spec script for a contemporary thriller by Mark Heyman (Black Swan) that had been circulating for a few months has been acquired by Lionsgate. Xoxo, pitched as a modern day Fatal Attraction, explores the dark side of virtual relationships as it follows an up-and-coming executive who blurs the line between his real-life fiancé and his on-line affair. Xoxo will use streaming video and social media platforms on a cinematic scale to emphasize the concept (or misconception) of the truth behind our digital identities. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will produce through Protozoa Pictures, as will Michael London through Groundswell Productions and Kelly Mullen, who brought the project to the studio. Although Aronofsky has directed from Heyman’s sceenplays before, no director is attached at the moment. Hit the jump for more on Heyman and Aronofsky’s upcoming projects. News of Lionsgate’s acquisition of Xoxo comes via Variety. Having worked together on The Fountain,
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Books: Book Review: Max Barry: Machine Man

Max Barry posted excerpts from his fourth novel in progress on his website to enlist his readers’ help on it. The finished product, Machine Man, bears little resemblance to a crowdsourced work of fiction, but rates as a competent, creepy parable about the drive for perfection. Charles Neumann, a low-ranking scientist at the conglomerate Better Future, had trouble relating to his fellow man even before he lost his leg in a gruesome lab accident. Facing months of grueling physical therapy, his first concern isn’t how to distract himself from his injury, but how to design a better prosthesis than ...
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Black Swan Writer Mark Heyman to Make Xoxo Facebook Stalker Movie

Facebook is still popular in Hollywood. Deal with it! And now, when we know that Black Swan writer Mark Heyman will be in charge for something that has a lot to do with Facebook, it sounds even more popular.

Or, maybe we should call this movie The Social Network meets Black Swan online?

Whatever, I’m trying to say that we’re here today to start a little chat about project titled Xoxo. So, let’s start it.

First of all, a little explanation. Xoxo is a project that will tell us a story of a twentysomething man who meets a female contemporary on Facebook and begins a digital relationship with her, only to find the object of his affections take the relationship to an obsessed and stalker-y place.

I like the way guys from LATimes explained the whole thing by saying – think Fatal Attraction but with Facebook.

They also
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Black Swan Writer Mark Heyman Shopping Facebook Stalker Pic Xoxo; Darren Aronofsky to Produce

Mark Heyman (Black Swan) had so much success with his last creepy/obsessive/possibly insane protagonist that the scribe is returning to familiar territory with his latest script. Heyman is currently circulating a "Facebook stalker" pic entitled Xoxo around several Hollywood genres labels with Darren Aronofsky set to produce. Per 24 Frames, the script centers on a twentysomething male whose digital relationship with a female peer takes a turn from "Wow, this online dating thing is really cool" to "Wow, thanks to this online dating thing I now have a stalker." The report also claims that Xoxo will not exist solely on Facebook but will make use of streaming video and other social media platforms as well so as to create a digital world that acts as an extension of the physical one (sound familiar?). In addition to Xoxo, Heyman is also writing a teen-centric apocalyptic tale for director Marc Webb entitled Age of Rage.
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Max Barry: taking an online serial to a novel and the big screen

Max Barry's Machine Man has come a long way since its beginnings as an online serial. The novel, based on the series, is set to be released on August 9, while respected filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is attached as screenwriter and director for an anticipated big screen version. Barry says Machine Man has always had a close relationship to technological interaction: it was motivated by impatient online readers as well as the novelist.s own desire to deliver fiction over the internet. .The serial was basically an idea to tell a story in a way that would fit with the web experience," he says. "You.d get a page in your inbox each day and it would take you about a minute to read and you could go back to whatever you were doing. And that.s where I...
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Darren Aronofsky to direct $130 million ‘Noah’ film!

According to Deadline today, Darren Aronofsky, who pretty much had a choice of projects after his success with Black Swan, will next direct Noah, based on the biblical story of Noah and his ark. The budget is a massive $130 million, and I say that it is his next project, but it may not be as he seems to have a bunch of stuff up his sleeve, including the Warner Brothers housed Human Nature and Machine Man, an adaptation of the Max Barry novel over at Mandalay Pictures.

Interested to not only see what Aronofsky can do with the classic story, but also with a massive $130 million budget, his most expensive project to date by a country mile.
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Darren Aronofsky Planning Noah

Darren Aronofsky looks to be finally moving towards production on Noah , his epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story of Noah and his ark. Deadline has the story, explaining that the Black Swan director is looking for backers for the film's proposed $130 million budget. With Aronofsky's script undergoing rewrites by John Logan, it's likely a matter of studio backing as to whether Noah becomes his next project. His name has also been associated with Human Nature , Machine Man and several other projects. Meanwhile, the film that he recently departed, The Wolverine , is still looking for a replacement director.
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Darren Aronofsky Shopping His Noah's Ark Tale

Ever since Darren Aronofsky decided to pass on The Wolverine filmophiles everywhere have been curious as to what the filmmaker's next move will be. With multiple projects in the hopper, the director has many options, including The Tiger, Human Nature and Machine Man. Now it looks like he's decided on something a bit more...biblical. Deadline reports that Aronofsky has begun shopping around Noah, the director's take on the Noah's Ark tale. The script was originally written by Aronofsky, but is currently being written by John Logan. The report says that Paramount, Fox, CBS Films [Update: A representative from CBS has informed us that they will not be buying Aronofsky's new film] and Summit have all shown an interest in the project, and New Regency is open to co-financing. The director is asking for a $130 million budget and is apparently being seen as "a big fantasy epic." Before last year ...
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Darren Aronofsky Shopping $130 Million ‘Noah’ For His Next Film

After dropping The Wolverine and coming off his mega-hit Black Swan, we’ve been eagerly awaiting for what the Oscar-nominated Darren Aronofsky will do next. There was the sci-fi project with George Clooney attached, his thriller Machine Man, and then The Tiger with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attached. But, biggest of all there was Noah, his dark re-telling of the famous Biblical story. Earlier this year, we reported he may make it his next project, but now Deadline confirms the news with more details.

Aronofsky is shopping $130 million budget package that is “tantalizing” Hollywood, Mike Fleming reports. Screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, The Last Samurai, Bond 23, Hugo Cabret) is rewriting the original script by Aronofsky, and so far New Regency is circling a co-financing position. Paramount, Fox, CBS Films, and Summit are all interested in financing the remainder.

His passion project will be “a big fantasy epic” in
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Darren Aronofsky Being Sought For ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Moses’?

Darren Aronofsky Being Sought For ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Moses’?
What movie will Darren Aronofsky make now that he's off The Wolverine? We don't know for certain, but quite a few rumors are flying already. There are projects to which he has been linked over the past years (Intricate [1], Noah [2] and/or Machine Man [3]) and the recent rumor [4] about Human Nature, which could star George Clooney. Add two more to the rumor pile: Maleficent, the alternate take on Sleeping Beauty, and another Biblical epic. Badass Digest [5] has heard that the director is being courted by both Disney, for Maleficent, and by Warner Bros. for Moses. Maleficent just lost [6] Tim Burton as director (inasmuch as he was ever more than loosely attached in the first place) but that doesn't seem like a Darren Aronofsky sort of thing at all. Moses might be a better fit, because we've known for years that he wants to make a Noah film, as linked above.
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Darren Aronofsky to Direct Sci-Fi 'Human Nature' Starring Clooney?!

Another new project for Darren Aronofsky following his departure from The Wolverine earlier this year, and perhaps a chance for him to finally work with George Clooney. Vulture is reporting that Aronofsky is now attached to a project called Human Nature, a 15-year-old spec script from writer Jeff Welch about a man who is cryogenically frozen and wakes up years later to a world in which humans have become pets of another species. And this isn't Planet of the Apes? Vulture says Clooney is "attaching himself to star" and that big producer Akiva Goldsman is developing and budgeting. Word is this may be next for Aronofsky. Vulture doesn't have any other details on this script, including who or what this other species is, but I'm definitely interested. Last year Aronofsky also announced a sci-fi project called Machine Man, described as more of a "cybernetic thriller", but this Human Nature film
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Darren Aronofsky Circling Sci-Fi Film ‘Human Nature’ With George Clooney

Even after dropping out of high first foray into mainstream blockbusters with The Wolverine, Darren Aronofsky is piling up potential projects left and right. The latest to add to the stack is a sci-fi film titled Human Nature, Vulture reports. A big star has also attached his name, in the form of George Clooney.

Coming from a 15-year-old spec script by Jeff Welch, the film stars “a man who is cryogenically frozen and wakes up years later to a world in which humans have become pets of another species.” I Am Legend producer Akiva Goldsman who is also prepping The Dark Tower and Logan’s Run is currently planning the budget and if all goes well, this “will likely” be the next project for the Black Swan director.

Aronofsky dabbled in sci-fi with his modern masterpiece The Fountain, but I can’t wait to see how he creates his own futuristic world.
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Darren Aronofsky May Be Teaming With George Clooney For Sci-Fi Film Human Nature

Ever since Darren Aronofsky opted out of directing The Wolverine, there have been questions about what film he would make instead. The filmmaker has talked about a movie based on Noah's Ark, a movie called Machine Man, and has long been attached to The Tiger along with Brad Pitt, but nothing has been made official. Now, according to Vulture, yet another project has captured Aronofsky's interest. According to the site, the Black Swan helmer has taken an interest in Human Nature, a fifteen year old spec script about a cryogenically frozen man. What's more, George Clooney is interested in starring. In the story, a frozen man wakes up in a world where humans are no longer the dominant species on Earth and have, instead, become pets of another species. Unnamed sources say that producer Akiva Goldsman "is currently budgeting the movie." The article doesn't make mention of the project's tone,
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Darren Aronofsky to Direct George Clooney in ‘Human Nature’?

Darren Aronofsky to Direct George Clooney in ‘Human Nature’?
Briefly: We're going to keep this short, because not a lot of info is available, but Darren Aronofsky and George Clooney may be teaming to make a film based on the sci-fi script Human Nature. The  Jeff Welch script has been around for quite a few years -- fifteen or so. It has been at Warner Bros., and Vulture [1] says that Akiva Goldsman is working on budgeting it now. George Clooney is attached to star as "a man who is cryogenically frozen and wakes up years later to a world in which humans have become pets of another species." Shades of quite a few other films there, but with the Aronofsky/Clooney pairing I'd watch it in a heartbeat. More as this develops; meanwhile, comment below on the potential merits of this as opposed to The Wolverine [2], or other teased projects like Intricate [3], Noah [4] and/or Machine Man [5]. [1] http://nymag.
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Darren Aronofsky To Head 68th Venice Film Festival Jury

Oscar-nominee Darren Aronofsky, a frequent submitter to the Venice Film Festival, will head the fest’s committee this fall, at the 68th edition of the festival. In 2008, Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler took home the fest’s top prize, the Golden Lion, and just last year, his Black Swan opened up the festival to a reportedly uproarious standing ovation. His inaugural entry into Venice, which will commence this year on August 31, came in 2006 with The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. [Variety]

The fest’s artistic director, Marco Mueller, initiated the recommendation of Aronofsky, based largely on the filmmaker’s status as “a key figure in contemporary film, whose work constantly engages the evolution and mutations of the many languages of art.”

After dropping out of helming The Wolverine, Aronofsky‘s upcoming slate seems rather thin. According to IMDb, the only project he’s officially expected to direct is Machine Man,
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Darren Aronofsky To Head Venice Film Festival Jury

Rome, Italy (X17online) - Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the main competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, the 68th. Aronofsky, 42, is a friend of the fest; his last three films have all premiered there and he took the fest's top prize, the Golden Lion, The Wrestler in 2008. Black Swan premiered there last year, and The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn, in 2006. Last year's jury president was director Quentin Tarantino, who sparked criticism after the jury gave three top prizes to directors who Tarantino knew personally. The fest runs August 31-Sept. 10, 2011. Aronofsky's next film, Machine Man, is expected to hit theaters in 2012. He recently dropped out of directing the new Wolverine movie, citing personal reasons. He has several other projects in the work. Aronofsky first found fame in 2000, when he wrote and directed Requiem for a Dream.
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Darren Aronofsky Heading Venice Jury

Darren Aronofsky Heading Venice Jury
Now that he’s not going to be shooting The Wolverine, Darren Aronofsky has some time on his hands. And while he has a shed load of other possible projects vying for his attention and at various stages of development, he’s also taking a few days out to head up the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival.The fest, which this year runs between August 31 and September 10, has been kind to Aronofsky in the past, as his last three movies have premiered there and The Wrestler picked up the Golden Lion in 2008.It was looking like he wouldn’t be making an appearance at all this year, especially since the film closest to kicking off – Machine Man – won’t be ready to show anyone until 2012. But now he’s found a way to keep the link alive.He’s hoping he doesn’t pull a Tarantino and
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