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09.15.2015

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Darren Aronofsky has been considering a couple of different projects for his NOAH follow-up, and his next film just might be a biopic about Robert "Evel" Knievel starring Channing Tatum as the famed daredevil.

The Tracking Board was the first to break the news that Aronofsky is in talks with Sony to direct, with Deadline later confirming that early negotiations have begun. TB is also reporting that THE FIGHTER and 8 MILE scribe Scott Silver has been tapped to do a rewrite of Reid Carolin's script, which is based on the 2008 Stuart Barker book Life of Evel. Tatum acquired the rights to Barker's biography back in 2012.

Book synopsis from Amazon:

He's in the Guinness Book of Records for the most broken bones in a single year. He claimed to have slept with more than 2,000 women. He battled alcoholism and gambling addictions, was jailed for attacking a colleague with a baseball bat, and blew an estimated $60 million fortune. And he became a superstar for repeatedly staring death in the face with his headline-grabbing stunts on his flying motorbike. Evel Knievel was the last great gladiator, an extraordinary thrill-seeker with an even more extraordinary life that endeared him to millions.

A searching and at times harrowing re-appraisal of the life of Evel Knievel, Stuart Barker's definitive biography captures the superstar status that Knievel held and also examines the originator of Xtreme sports--a man whose love of gambling, women and drinking, ensure his legend will live forever. Through meticulous reporting and interviews, Barker penetrates the legends to divulge the complete story of one of the most compelling Americans ever.

Some may think a movie about the legendary stuntman is almost too normal of a project for Aronofsky, but look at what he did with THE WRESTLER, which also featured a person who put his body at risk for the entertainment of others. Regardless of what he decides on for his next film, I hope that the director is ready to get back behind the camera for a new movie.

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5:10PM on 09/16/2015
Tatter as Evel, damn talk about miscasting. An Evel biopic could be cool but attaching Tatter would kill it.
Tatter as Evel, damn talk about miscasting. An Evel biopic could be cool but attaching Tatter would kill it.
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5:15PM on 09/15/2015

Nah

He'll drop out soon enough, just like he did with the Wolverine and RoboCop projects he was working on.
He'll drop out soon enough, just like he did with the Wolverine and RoboCop projects he was working on.
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11:30AM on 09/15/2015
Aronofsky is the right director for this project. He is a master director on any project. However, as you point out, the man gave us The Wrestler. He also gave audiences Requiem for a Dream and almost The Wolverine. Any of those projects require someone who makes "common" material (to use a classist term) something extraordinary. Aronofsky can definitely make a Knievel biopic an artistic achievement.

Tatum is also the right man for this project. He plays macho well. He plays stoic well. I
Aronofsky is the right director for this project. He is a master director on any project. However, as you point out, the man gave us The Wrestler. He also gave audiences Requiem for a Dream and almost The Wolverine. Any of those projects require someone who makes "common" material (to use a classist term) something extraordinary. Aronofsky can definitely make a Knievel biopic an artistic achievement.

Tatum is also the right man for this project. He plays macho well. He plays stoic well. I can see him as Evel Knieval.

I am only worried about the rewritten script. Sometimes, major notable rewrites are a bad sign about a project's future quality. I am worried about Sony's involvement. Sony is not always a studio with a lot of guts or brains, and the company can screw-up directors' visions rather famously. Look at what they did with the Spider-Man franchise. Look at all of the studio's crappy horror remakes over the last ten years. Then again, Sony does let certain talented film-makers do their thing. Consider how often Sony has produced the works of Tarantino, Ayer, Blomkamp, or Fincher.
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10:48AM on 09/15/2015
Wish he'd get back to something edgier like Requiem For a Dream, or original like The Fountain.
Black Swan is tolerable, but Noah is straight-up abysmal. A third turd would not be good.
Wish he'd get back to something edgier like Requiem For a Dream, or original like The Fountain.
Black Swan is tolerable, but Noah is straight-up abysmal. A third turd would not be good.
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