Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah': Can't auteurs and studios just get along?

October 18, 2013 4:18 PM

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The issues faced by an auteur like Aronofsky in making a studio movie are not new but are well known. In fact, the issues faced by Aronofsky himself are not new but are well known. After two movies made wholly independently ("Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream"), Aronofsky had an elaborate to-and-fro with Warner Bros. executives about budget and script over "The Fountain," a movie that resulted in no one being very happy, least of all moviegoers. He then went independent with "The Wrestler," which worked out a lot better.

He went smaller, budgetarily, with "Black Swan," a movie that became a huge hit and an award-season favorite. But before production started on that film it was held up over disagreements between Aronofsky and studio Fox Searchlight over whether Aronofsky would retain final cut. Studio squabbling ove...

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