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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Fountain

Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain has been my most anticipated film ever since it first began production in 2002. Aronofsky, coming off the masterpiece that is Requiem for a Dream, wrote a science-fiction love story about a man's search for the Fountain of Youth in three different time periods - 1500, 2000, and 2500. Aronofsky cast Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the lead roles, and Warner Bros. gave him a $75 million budget.

Pre-production started. Elaborate sets were built. And then Pitt decided to abandon the project and do Troy instead. Warner Bros. pulled the plug; the sets were demolished. It looked as if The Fountain was dead.

And then in early 2004, the project was miraculously revived. Aronofsky was given a smaller budget of $35 million, and he cast Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz (who would become the director's fiancee). Fans were simultaneously elated and dismayed... happy that the film would become a reality, yet saddened by that diminished budget.

And then the trailer was released. This is one of the most beautifully haunting trailers I've seen a long time, and it's impossible to believe these images were accomplished with such little money.

The early reviews have been sensational, so keep your fingers crossed...


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