The Fountain

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The Fountain

Darren Aronofsky’s first attempt to make his film The Fountain.

BACKGROUND

Aronofsky came up with the idea in 1999 when he turned 30 and his parents were diagnosed with cancer causing him to face his own mortality and a discussion with Harvard roommate and neuro-scientists, Ari Handel about the future of his field.

DEVELOPMENT

In April 2001 Brad Pitt signed on after seeing a screening Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000).   Cate Blanchett joined the production in June, but production was delayed until the birth of her child in December.  Financing issues further delayed the projection.

CANCELLATION

When script revisions demanded by Pitt weren’t made, he abruptly left the project and moved on to doing the movie Troy.  Russell Crowe was considered for the role, but needed a break after Master & Commander: At World’s End.

In September 2002, Warner Bros announced that production would cease.  Blanchett was paid for her time and sets and props (including a 10 story Mayan temple) were auctioned off.

LEGACY

  • After pre-production was shut down, Aronofsky turned it into a comic which was published in 2005 by Vertigo comics.
  • Eventually, Aronofsky was able to get the project up and running again, and it was released in 2006 staring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.

~ DUG.

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