thefountain.jpgA couple of days ago, word hit the internets that Darren Aronofsky and his lovely fiance, actress Rachel Weisz, are expecting their first child. And this morning, we're hearing reports that the Requiem for a Dream director has signed on to direct a May sweeps episode of ABC desert island juggernaut, Lost. But all of this begs the question: What happened to The Fountain? You know, the movie the guy has ostensibly been working on ever since Requiem completed its award season victory lap in mid-2001?

A teaser trailer for the Hugh Jackman-starring, 1000-year-spanning meta-epic hit the net in November, but no specific release date for the film, which Warner Brothers originally wanted to push through the current awards season, has yet been set. The project has been fraught with trouble from its inception. Original star Brad Pitt signed on in early 2002, but after he and Aronofsky found themselves embroiled in severe "creative differences", Pitt left to make Troy and the project was shut down (the original script, written with Pitt in mind, has since been turned into a Vertigo graphic novel). Aronofsky got the ball rolling again two years later, with a new script, a new cast (Hugh Jackman took over for Pitt, Cate Blanchett was replaced by Weisz) and a drastically reduced budget (from $75 to $40 million). But whilst production is said to have been completed months ago, The Fountain is apparently nowhere near done. It's been classified as "in post-production" on IMDb for roughly forever, and that's never a good sign.

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