Aronofsky’s Robocop Stalled, Black Swan Ready to Go with Portman

Admit it, when you first heard that Darren Aronofsky was going to write and direct a remake of “Robocop”, you fell out of your chair. It wasn’t just me, was it? What was Darren Aronofsky, of “Pi” and “The Wrestler” fame, doing directing a bloodbath action movie like “Robocop”? It just didn’t make a whole lot of sense. I still don’t think it’s going to happen myself, and this is another reason why: MGM has now scheduled the film for 2011, after giving out a 2010 date earlier, according to io9.

But fear now, Aronofsky fans: even if a “Robocop” reboot never happens, word is that a supernatural thriller called “Black Swan” set in the world of ballet (cause really, what’s more horrific than ballet?) may be on its way, thanks to the recent casting announcement of Natalie Portman in the leading role, according to THR. The thriller was originally conceived in 2007, with Aronofsky attached to direct for at Universal. The film hit a couple of snags, but with Portman’s signing, seems ready to take flight at last.

“Black Swan” has been compared to the Nicole Kidman supernatural thriller “The Others”, and will center on a veteran ballerina played by Natalie Portman who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it’s unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions.

The film could start shooting as early as this year. “Robocop”, on the other, will probably not make it, at least not with Aronofsky at the helm. Makes no sense, I tell ya…

Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010) Movie Image