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Darren Aronofsky

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Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer.

He graduated Edward R. Murrow High School early then backpacked around the Middle East, Europe and Guatemala for six months. In 1987 he entered Harvard University and studied anthropology, live action film and animation. His senior thesis film, Supermarket Sweep, starred his fellow student and friend Sean Gullette. It was a finalist in the 1991 Student Academy Awards. He graduated in 1991 with honors. Next, he attended the AFI Conservatory and graduated with an M.F.A. degree in 1992.

One of Aronofsky's favorite books is Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn. While editing π, producer Eric Watson convinced Aronofsky to read another Selby book, Requiem for a Dream, which Aronofsky had actually started reading years before but never finished. He was moved by the novel and wanted to film an adaptation, quickly beginning work on the script with Selby. Aronofsky pulled no punches in delivering a relentless and disturbing movie of hopes and dreams shattered and lives laid waste by drug addiction. The film was a clinical depiction of the depths to which some people will sink to in the hope of attaining their dreams. The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and was greeted by a 13 minute standing ovation. It was released in the United States in October, 2000. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Sara Goldfarb.

The Fountain was released in the United States on November 22, 2006. It was released on DVD in the United States and Canada on May 15, 2007.

On January 17 2007 Comingsoon.net reported that Aronofsky had signed on to direct Black Swan, a film described as a psychological thriller that "looks at the manipulative relationship between a veteran dancer and a rival."The website reported on March 27 that Aronofsky had also signed on to direct The Fighter, the tale of the rise of Boston boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, who nabbed the world lightweight title with the help of his once down-and-out half-brother Dicky, who became a trainer. The film is expected to star Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg. Filming is reported to begin early summer in Massachusetts.

Other future projects that Aronofsky has been linked to include the Biblical story of Noah's Ark, in which the title character would be portrayed as an alcoholic, an adaptation of Theodore Roszak's novel Flicker, Dan Simmons' novel Song of Kali and Black Flies which is based on the novel Safelight by Shannon Burke, however, Aronofsky denies any involvement with Lone Wolf and Cub and Flicker in an interview by the AV Club. He has also mentioned in an interview with a Film website that he is developing an action movie that harkens back to the action movies of the 80's specifically the ones with a jungle theme, and cited Predator and the Rambo movies as the influences.


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