Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"The Tiger," Attacks!

Animals are all the rage right now it seems, with word coming last week that Steven Spielberg's next film will be an adaptation of the children's book, War Horse. Well, this week the story goes that director Darren Aronofsky, along with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, and Brad Pitt, are gonna be adapting the new non-fiction book, The Tiger: The Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Valiant.

The book doesn't come out till August, but it tells the story of the Siberian tiger over the course of hundreds of years, from the native tribes long ago who once worshipped the tigers, to their now impoverished ancestors who poach this endangered species of tiger for money. Supposedly the book focuses on three different characters: one, a poacher killed by the tiger; another a tracker; and finally, the tiger himself.

The story sounds very interesting, and kind of has touches of Aronofsky's own film, The Fountain, in that the story chronicles several centuries. Regardless, it sounds extremely intriguing to me. It could be a very tense, entertaining film that could also be extremely informative about this endangered species, and it is nice to see Brad Pitt and Aronofsky finally working together after the fact that they seem to have been trying to do so countless times over the past decade but each time it's just fallen apart. At the moment there is no release date, but I'll try to keep you updated.

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