Darren Aronofsky to Direct The Wrestler Source: Diva October 18, 2007
Last Friday, it was reported that screenwriter Robert Siegel's indie drama The Wrestler is in development at Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, and now it appears that Aronofsky will direct as well.
The film centers on Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a 1980s-era star pro wrestler who has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again.
In an effort to build a new life, Robinson takes a job at a deli, moves in with an aging stripper and tries to build a relationship with her son. But the prospect of a rematch with his old nemesis the Ayatollah proves too tempting to resist, even if it means risking his life.
The Wrestler is targeted for a January 7 start. Aronofsky is also attached to direct The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and Brad Pitt, which will presumably start after "Wrestler" wraps.
Apparently Nicholas Cage is in line to play the lead role. I hope Aronofsky at least corrects the little details in which Nacho Libre couldn't even get right.
Originally posted by The Vile1I hope Aronofsky at least corrects the little details in which Nacho Libre couldn't even get right.
Um, did you really expect Nacho Libre to worry about details?
Also, stop bad-mouthing Nacho Libre.[/off-topic]
I like the premise of the movie, just so long as they dont get all cheesy/corny/emotional with his big rematch vs. his old nemesis at the end. I'm also not a big fan of Nicholas Cage, so that kinda puts a damper on things for me.
Aronofsky's movies aren't exactly 'cheesy/corny/emotional' fare, so I don't think you have much to worry about. It should be fascinating to see a big-name director's take on pro wrestling, and I'm presuming it will be dealt with in a serious way.
So is this going to be a kayfabe flick? Or is the guy coming back for one more match because he needs money, or something like that? I like Aronofsky, but Cage gets it right about 1 out of every 10 movies.
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Looks like Nicholas Cage has dropped out of this flick and Mickey Rourke has stepped in. This is a much better casting choice, if you ask me. I can completely buy Rourke as an washed up ex-wrestler much more than Cage