With the release of his Science Fiction epic The Fountain just over the horizon, writer/director Darren Aronofsky is looking ahead to other projects, one of which is an adaptation of the novel Flickerby Theodore Roszak. It won't be his next film -- that will either be the biblical epic that Cinematical's Chris Ullrich reported on last week, or a smaller reality-based film-- but Flicker sounds like a fascinating story. It's about a film student who discovers that a hack film maker's b-movies are chock full of subliminal messages which are part of a plan to wipe out life on earth. Well, at least this explains the Police Academy movies (Thank you! I'll be here all week!).

"I kind of like all the old Hollywood, Sunset Blvd. vibe [of Flickers]," said Aronofsky in a recent interview quoted on Sci Fi Wire. "And I like the idea of subliminals in movies and stuff. So it was a lot of good themes in that. But that's not going to be the next project. We've developed a screenplay, and it's not going to be my next film. It's sitting there. We don't know what we'll do with it yet." The screenplay is by Jim Uhls, best known for writing Fight Club.

I think it's safe to say that Aronofsky's The Fountain is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, and Flicker sounds just as intriguing. Since it sounds like it will be awhile before this baby goes before the cameras, I think I'll have to pick up the book to tide me over. ...
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