Darren Aronofsky, acclaimed auteur director of Piand the upcoming The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and super-hot Rachel Weisz, says that the live-action adaptation of the teriffic Kazuo Koike graphic novel Lone Wolf and Cub is now dead, at least for him. He had been working on a script for the film and it was slated to be his next project after The Fountain but now, according to a recent interview, that's all over.

Why is he not doing the Lone Wolf and Cub film? "Paramount never got the rights. And we developed a script but now the rights don't exist," said Aronofsky. So, no rights to make a movie means you can't make the movie? I wonder if Paramount's legal team is aware of a little something called copyright law? Apparently not. So, what's next for the director now that Paramount has seemingly botched the Lone Wolf and Cub movie -- at least temporarily? "A biblical epic," says Aronofsky. "It's something I've wanted to do for a long time."

Ok, sounds interesting. Maybe Aronofsky subscribes to the Cecil B. DeMille philosophy that the Bible has all the best stories? Or maybe he's just having some fun with the interviewer? We don't really know yet but I guess we'll just have to take his word for it for now. After all, according to Aronofsky, he's been thinking about this biblical epic for a long time. "Actually, I wrote a poem about it when I was in 7th grade. I won this award for it -- my first writing award. So it's a story from the Bible that kind of stuck with me. About ten years ago I was at a museum that featured an exhibit that reminded me of it. So we've been trying to crack it for a while, and we finally figured out a direction."

Aronofsky is a dynamic and superbly creative filmmaker who turns out some really interesting films. I don't know how The Fountain will eventually be received or how I'll react to it. It might not be very good or it might be the most brilliant piece of filmmaking I've ever seen. In truth, it will probably land somewhere in the middle. But no matter what, Aronofsky can always be counted on to deliver something pretty unique and he's never boring -- qualities I definitely admire in my auteur directors.

How about you -- do you think The Fountain is going to be good or bad?

[Via chud]
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