After false starts with "The Fountain" and "The Fighter," Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt may finally be teaming for an adaptation of John Vaillant's forthcoming non-fiction book "The Tiger."
Aronfosky is reportedly developing the project as a vehicle for Pitt with "Babel" and "Amores Perros" scribe and former Inarittu collaborator, Guillermo Arriaga, adapting the book for the screen.
"The Tiger" — which condering Aronofsky's previous affliations with "The Wrestler" and "The Fighter" seems to fit his criteria for titles — follows an animal activist who must protect the small Siberian town he is in when a tiger begins attacking it's inhabitants. Reviews of the book excitingly describe the story as a "journey to the raw edge of civilization, to a world of vengeful cats and venal men, a world that, in Vallant’s brilliant telling, is simultaneously haunting and enchanting" and a "haunting, gripping exploration of predators and prey, and an intimate portrait of a remarkable animal increasingly threatened by interaction with humans."
A "reunion" for Aronfosky and Pitt is no doubt an exciting prospect but juggling and syncing schedules may be difficult hurdle: Aronfosky is set imminently finish his ballerina-thriller "Black Swan" and has already lined up a collaboration with Pitt's partner Angelina Jolie in an adaptation of Ron Rash's "Serena" and a teaming with partner Rachel Weisz for a film about Jackie Kennedy.
Pitt, on the other hand, will be shooting Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" this summer with Jonah Hill, is still attached to James Gray's adaptation of "The Lost City Of Z" which is looking for financial backing and has Greg Mottola's developing adaptation of Leanne Shapton's 'Important Artifacts' still in the works.