Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi epic "The Fountain" set to go

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  1. Vickie_M

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    'Fountain' Flowing with Pitt, Blanchett

    Warner Bros. Pictures has given its long-awaited greenlight to "Pi" director Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi epic "The Fountain," which will star Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Ellen Burstyn.
    Budgeted north of $70 million, the picture will begin production in late October in Queensland and Sydney, Australia. Fox-based New Regency will co-finance the film.
    While the script has been kept under wraps, it's safe to say that "The Fountain" is the sort of film that defies easy loglines. It's the journey of one man (Pitt) in the present as well as both 500 years in the past and into the future. Among the issues it tackles are love, death and immortality.
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    IMDB also had this to say:
    Brad Moans Down Under
    Hollywood star Brad Pitt has upset residents of an Australian tourist resort - by refusing to shoot his new movie there. The movie star is moving Down Under for six months while he makes new film The Fountain, with Cate Blanchett and Johnny Depp, there. The film was due to be shot in studios on Queensland's Gold Coast - but according to British tabloid the Daily Mirror, Brad has been urging movie bosses to move the shoot to nearby Cairns, because he thinks the Gold Coast is "a shlocky tourist area". A source told the newspaper, "Brad, who was introduced to Cairns by Keanu Reeves said it had great food, great ambience and the locals leave you alone because they're used to big names." The Mexican star isn't the only big Hollywood name to disapprove of the West Coast resort. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.vowed never too return after shooting the Scooby-Doo movie on the Gold Coast.
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    Johnny Depp too? Hard to believe he'd leave France for that long.
     
  2. Bruce Hedtke

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    ANYTHING made by Aronofsky is a must-see for me. Knowing that it has capable actors like Pitt, Blanchett and Burstyn makes it even more mouth-watering. Aronofsky seems to be alot like Oliver Stone in his ability to pull incredible performances out of the cast and I can't wait to see what he and Brad Pitt can accomplish.

    Bruce
     
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    As I said in the REQUIEM FOR A DREAM thread, I am so excited Hollywood has actually greenlit this picture, trusting a respected indie director with 70+ million.
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    I cannot wait.
     
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    Neat!! I can't wait. [​IMG]
     
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    This sounds VERY interesting! Can't wait...
     
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    I have to say, somehting about "Aronofsky," "Sci-Fi" and "Epic" in the same sentence makes me nervous. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I'm curious if this is an original story, or if it is based on something else. It makes me think of both Vonnegutt and Heinlein.
     
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    It's an original story he co-wrote with a buddy from college:

     
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    what happened to Year One? [​IMG]
     
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    A scifi movie made by someone that has ambition always keeps my excitment up.

    I hope Aronofsky knows what he's doing, he have never made a scifi movie before.

    I could be a disaster or better than A.I (which I love)

    I wish him luck.
     
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    well crap. i was rather looking foward to year one.

    weak.
     
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    While I am sure he is capable of pulling a large scale production off ... I am afraid he is going to make a "dark" movie ... if going by his past efforts.

    I hope he lightens up a little bit or this movie might be the last one he makes on a large budget.

    The whole plot reminds me of 12 Monkeys ... and Pitts involvement too.

    Still looking forward to this.
     
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    Aurel Savin wrote:

     
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    Wow. It really sounds like this movie could be over before it really got off the ground. Too bad. Seemed interesting.
     
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    Saw this photo over at the IMDb boards, thought it would be of interest to Aronofsky/Requiem fans
    *tear drops from corner of eye*
    It looks like it's actually filming. Sure hopes it gets released soon, it seems very few exciting young American auteurs currently have creative inspiration/funding for new projects (Fincher, PT Anderson). At least Payne and Wes Anderson got something out this year
     
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    And the occasional decapitating of a head, maybe?
     
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    Rachel Weisz has been doing some plugs for CONSTANTINE, in the process, letting out some information on THE FOUNTAIN...
    Also, shooting hasn't yet completed, but in an article in the Montreal Gazette from Feb 5, we get some more interesting updates. An excerpt:
     

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