Paramount is trying to get Darren Aronofsky to direct Black Flies, a feature based on an unpublished novel by Shannon Burke about a young, Harlem-based EMT. "The book is a good match for Darren because he likes to explore the depths of human emotion, and he is unsparingly honest," says producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Burke, a former EMT, has not yet found a publisher for his novel.
Remember how we told you yesterday that Disney and Pixar were waiting to restart talks until after Chicken Little came out and either hit or bombed? Well, if Todd McCarthy's review is any indication, Disney should start working on an offer now. Chicken Little, he writes, "lives up to its name by serving up a
fraction of what audiences are used to getting in this department from Pixar and DreamWorks – little originality, little humor and little ingratiating characterization." Ouch.
Though American and European box office returns are in the crapper, movies actually seem to be doing pretty well in the U.K. Well, relatively speaking: the Limeys are down only about 3%, compared to 20% year-to-year drop for France over the same period.