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What's Up with All the Ballerinas?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 15, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 15, 2009 |

Seriously: What is up with all the ballet dancers? This morning we reported that Emily Blunt had joined The Adjustment Bureau alongside Matt Damon, playing not just Damon’s love interest, but a ballet dancer. Several weeks ago, we showed you the trailer for 2081, the short film based on Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” short story. In it, a ballet recital plays central to the story. And just last month, we reported that Natalie Portman had signed on to Black Swan, a supernatural thriller where she’ll play … a ballerina.

I haven’t seen a ballet movie since Billy Elliot, and suddenly, there are three.

Anyway, this item concerns the latter project, Black Swan, which Darren Aronovsky is now on the verge of directing, so reports THR. Great, right? A supernatural movie, with echoes of The Others directed by one of the better directors around and starring one of the better actresses around. Good for Fox Searchlight, the potential distributor.

But wait? The catch is that it might throw a wrench into Aronovsky’s plans to direct the Robocop remake, which MGM is very high on, and — according to THR — “the fanboys” are really excited about (is this true? These are not fanboys with which I’m familiar). Anyway, MGM is so itchy to make Robocop that they may not wait around for Aronovsky (even though he’s been central is developing the reboot). In fact, according to THR, they’re possibly looking around for another director.

Why is this news? I dunno. Mostly because of this paragraph:

MGM has been cautious about the number of movies it’s releasing, and is concentrating at the moment on projects such as the 80’s reboot “Red Dawn,” the male-centric comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and a “Poltergeist” reboot.

I had completely forgotten about The Poltergeist remake, even though nearly a year ago, it was me who had reported it here. But it’s apparently still in the works, and is set to be directed by Vadim Perelman (The House of Sand and Fog). All of which is to say: I was reminded of this horror, so I thought I’d also trigger your memories, as well, what with The Poltergeist being almost singularly responsible for an entire generation of coulrophobes.

I’m good like that. Now, you can safely return to your ignorant bliss, but not before watching this, which is awesome for resurrecting traumatic memories. Enjoy!

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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