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Darren Aronofsky will make a robot movie (but not that robot movie)

October 26, 2010 |  4:15 pm

Darren Aronofsky is known for making hybrid films, a la the upcoming supernatural-ballet blend "Black Swan." So the headlines write themselves on his decision to take on "Machine Man," a story of a man who becomes part-robot as he gradually replaces his vital organs with mechanized parts.

The film, based on Max Barry's online-serial novel, will be a slower burn than Aronofsky's "Wolverine 2," a studio film with a lot of momentum. "Machine Man" is being written by Mark Heyman, Aronofsky's producing partner who spent years meticulously researching and chiseling out "Black Swan" (Aronofsky's non-studio movies are developed slowly and carefully in general).

Fanboys hoping against hope Aronofsky still will take on the financially troubled "Robocop" reboot will be disappointed with the news -- with the director doing this robot-themed project, there's almost no chance Aronofsky will go back to the same well again.

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Darren Aronosky. Credit: Samir Hussein / Getty Images


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