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Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt have left the upcoming boxing drama THE FIGHTER and have been replaced by director David O. Russell and Christian Bale. Bale will co-star alongside Mark Wahlberg in the story of boxer Mickey Ward and his neer-do-well brother Dicky Ecklund. The project was originally set up with Wahlberg and Matt Damon starring with Darren Aronofsky directing for Paramount. Matt Damon was forced to drop out due to scheduling issues and Brad Pitt became attached to the film. Pitt brought a lot of baggage to the film as well (including scheduling and script issues) and that caused the film significant delays forcing both he and Aronofsky to bail.

The one constant has been Wahlberg who will reteam with director Russell for the third time (they previously collaborated on THREE KINGS and I HEART HUCKABEES). While this has nothing to do with anything, it's interesting to note the teaming of Russell and Bale, two people behind the most notorious taped on-set freakouts of all time (and on a movie about fighting nonetheless). Filming on THE FIGHTER is expected to begin in July, which means the Will Ferrell/Wahlberg cop comedy THE B-TEAM will likely have to wait until after the summer to begin filming.

Extra Tidbit: So does this mean Aronofsky is working on his Noah's Ark project instead?
Source: Variety

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8:20PM on 04/21/2009
I don't see this happening.

Aren't both Bale and Wahlberg signed up to do "The Prisoner" with Singer?

And Bale also has "Killing Pablo" on his plate and is for sure forced to be part of an extensive promotional tour for Terminator
I don't see this happening.

Aren't both Bale and Wahlberg signed up to do "The Prisoner" with Singer?

And Bale also has "Killing Pablo" on his plate and is for sure forced to be part of an extensive promotional tour for Terminator
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5:47PM on 04/21/2009
Call me indiana, I also thought Aronofsky was planning on robocop next.

With Bale and Whalberg this movie already has my interest.
Call me indiana, I also thought Aronofsky was planning on robocop next.

With Bale and Whalberg this movie already has my interest.
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2:16PM on 04/21/2009

Russell & Bale on the same movie!? HOLY SHIT!!!

Whenever the leaked internet video of these two fighting hits the net it will be EPIC!
Whenever the leaked internet video of these two fighting hits the net it will be EPIC!
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1:46PM on 04/21/2009

HBO 24/7

Ahhhh! That explains why I saw both of them in Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7: Episode 2 on HBO this past week. Sweet!!!
Ahhhh! That explains why I saw both of them in Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7: Episode 2 on HBO this past week. Sweet!!!
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11:57AM on 04/21/2009
Isn't Aronofsky working on ROBOCOP right now?
Isn't Aronofsky working on ROBOCOP right now?
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11:57AM on 04/21/2009
Isn't Aronofsky working on ROBOCOP right now?
Isn't Aronofsky working on ROBOCOP right now?
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11:50AM on 04/21/2009
Yep. I expect to hear a lotta off-screen "boxing" between the two in the near future.
Yep. I expect to hear a lotta off-screen "boxing" between the two in the near future.
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11:39AM on 04/21/2009
When Pitt left the movie, one of my choices was Christian Bale. I am also glad that this movie is being made, because the whole thing sounds great.

David O. Russell, not so sure....I will give him the benefit of a doubt because I loved "I Heart Huckabees". Plus, this is the second movie Wahlberg and Bale will be collaborating on.
When Pitt left the movie, one of my choices was Christian Bale. I am also glad that this movie is being made, because the whole thing sounds great.

David O. Russell, not so sure....I will give him the benefit of a doubt because I loved "I Heart Huckabees". Plus, this is the second movie Wahlberg and Bale will be collaborating on.
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10:11AM on 04/21/2009
Switching out Aronofsky for David O. Russell seems just surreal. As much because Russell tends to write his own material as I wouldn't ever imagine him as being a replacement director. Perhaps he'll be less interested in his "vision" being preserved because he wasn't first pick. Bale starring with Wahlberg should be interesting, too.

Makes since Aronofsky's bowing out. I remember he was signed to this before "The Wrestler" was even on his radar. But since that movie was made, it only makes
Switching out Aronofsky for David O. Russell seems just surreal. As much because Russell tends to write his own material as I wouldn't ever imagine him as being a replacement director. Perhaps he'll be less interested in his "vision" being preserved because he wasn't first pick. Bale starring with Wahlberg should be interesting, too.

Makes since Aronofsky's bowing out. I remember he was signed to this before "The Wrestler" was even on his radar. But since that movie was made, it only makes sense he'd go do something else.
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