News has been rather slow lately, so here’s an interesting little story to help you pass your time.
Recently, the first trailer for Requiem for A Dream and The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky‘s new movie, Black Swan, was released online and has been sparking a lot of attention…as most Aronofsky films tend to do. If you’ve yet to see the trailer, be sure to check it out now (Read: Watch Now: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ Is A Ballerina Movie You’ll Want To See). And now comes word that there’s a little more to his ballet movie than meets the eye.
Apparently, the director had originally planned out an idea about a wrestler and ballet dancer involved in a love affair. This was about ten years ago, and as you might have guessed, the idea branched out into two films: first The Wrestler, and now Black Swan.
Even better, the movies do still share connections that we’ll notice when watching, which should be pretty cool to see. Click over for a quote from Aronofsky himself.
I’ve always considered the two films companion pieces. They are really connected and people will see the connections. It’s funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves.
At one point, way before I made ‘The Wrestler,’ I was actually developing a project that was about a love affair between a ballet dancer and a wrestler, and then it kind of split off into two movies. So I guess my dream is that some art theater will play the films as a double feature some day.
Certainly something exciting to look forward to that makes Black Swan even more interesting than it already was. There’s always something compelling about a movie that is bound to another in spirit, but is not a sequel in any way.