February 16, 2006

Aronofsky inks first-look deal with Uni family

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Darren Aronofsky,
writer/director of "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream," has signed a
first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

The deal calls for Aronofsky, his producer partner, Eric
Watson, and their Protozoa Pictures to develop and produce
pictures not only for Universal but also for sister companies
Focus Features and Rogue Pictures.

Protozoa has no projects yet at Universal, but an
announcement is expected soon.

Aronofsky made his name with the 1998 drama "Pi," a tale of
a mathematician sinking into madness, shot in black-and-white.
He followed that up with the equally acclaimed "Requiem for a
Dream." He is in postproduction on "The Fountain," a sci-fi
epic staring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, to whom Aronofsky
is engaged.

Aronofsky and Watson have several projects in development.
Among these are "Flicker," Jim Uhl's adaptation of the Theodore
Rozak horror suspense novel centered on a shadowy Catholic
sect's plot to use Hollywood to usher in the apocalypse, set up
at Regency; "Song of Kali," an adaptation of Dan Simmons' novel
set in the slums of Calcutta, also at Regency; and "Black
Flies," a coming-of-age story about a young man who enlists as
a New York paramedic, set up at Paramount.

On the TV front, the two are developing "Riverview," a
pilot for HBO written by John McLaughlin about a haunted New
York housing project.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter