I think we’re supposed to be extremely excited about this news, but it’s not really tickling my underarms, so to speak. Darren Aronofsky has been trying to put a supernatural thriller called The Black Swan into development for a couple of years. Now that he’s gained a modicum of commercial credibility with The Wrestler (his critical viability was never in doubt, despite the mixed reception of The Fountain), things were beginning to look up.
And then Natalie Portman signed on. And now Aronovsky might actually get a movie in production (his Robocop remake has already been pushed back a year).
The Black Swan is said to have echoes of The Others, because all non-remakes have to be compared to past movies. The plot, according to THR: “Swan centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) 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.
Interesting. I guess. I like Aronofsky. I like Portman. So, yay! right? It’ll at least give us all a chance to see Portman in a tutu. For now, though, if I want to see a movie set at a ballet reception, I’ll stick with the upcoming 2081, based on Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron