Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures Signs Two-Year Deal With Fox

     November 18, 2010

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It’s a good time to be Darren Aronofsky. With highly-acclaimed Black Swan set for release next month, as well as the news of his signing to direct the comic adaptation The Wolverine, the man is stirring up quite the buzz-storm for Fox. That makes the following news hardly surprising.

A press release issued today by Fox states that Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures has signed a two-year deal with the studio, essentially securing his future endeavors financially. To check out the official press release, hit the jump.

Here’s the press release:

FOX FILMED ENTERTAINMENT AND DARREN ARONOFSKY ENTER INTO AN OVERALL DEAL

The award-winning filmmaker will next direct THE WOLVERINE, starring Hugh Jackman

LOS ANGELES (November 18, 2010) __ Fox Filmed Entertainment has signed Darren Aronofsky and his production company Protozoa Pictures to a new two-year, overall deal, it was announced today.  Under the deal, Protozoa will develop and produce films for both Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Aronofsky’s debut picture under the pact will be THE WOLVERINE, starring Hugh Jackman.  Written by Oscar®-winner Christopher McQuarrie, the film is scheduled to begin production in April next year.

The deal solidifies Fox’s relationship with Aronofsky, whose recent films – this fall’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller, Black Swan, was produced and distributed by Fox Searchlight, which also distributed Aronofsky’s 2008 award-winning film The WresterBlack Swan opened this year’s Venice Film Festival, and has since screened at such major festivals as Telluride, Toronto and London to great acclaim.  The film arrives in theaters beginning December 3rd.

“Darren’s vision has brought audiences some of the most original and memorable stories and characters in recent motion picture history,” said Fox Searchlight heads, Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. “We at Fox witnessed this first hand with his work on The Wrestler, and Black Swan,  and now, on THE WOLVERINE, which will be an exciting  take on that iconic figure and on the genre itself.  We can’t wait to see what else Darren has in store for us.”

Added Emma Watts, president of production, Twentieth Century Fox: “We’re excited Darren is going to bring his unique vision to THE WOLVERINE and we take great satisfaction that Fox, irrespective of the size of his films, continues to provide a home for his extraordinary talent.”

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