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Darren Aronofsky Eyeing HBO Projects

By Jef Dinsmore on Jan 10, 2014 to HBO News

People_DarrenAronofskyHBOWatch has been making huge announcements over the past day due to a Television Critics Association event where HBO programming chiefs and showrunners have been teasing the critics with what is ahead. One other announcement that was not the usual show news was a new development deal in the offing.

Darren Aronofsky, through his company Protozoa, has made a major development deal that includes creating and directing projects for HBO. If, by change, you are not familiar with his work than wrap your mind around these titles: Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan and the most recent Noah with Russell Crowe. We will certainly keep our attention to this development because Aronofsky on HBO could be mindboggling and spellbinding for sure.  

 He had this to say about his future on the small screen:

“It is a thrill to be re-teaming with my old friends at New Regency, Arnon has been a great supporter since we made The Fountain together. It is a golden age for the small screen and moving into that realm with HBO as partners is a dream come true. I am excited to see Protozoa’s output explode over the next few years.”


  • Nahojism

    It would be awesome if he tried doing some TV. I’m a big fan of everything he touches. I’ve seen it all. :)

  • “The Wrestler” & “Black Swan” were absolutely amazing. Aronofsky is talented indeed. This could be truly good news.

  • This is very welcome news. I’m a little worried about HBO’s lineup lately. Lot’s of experimental, seemingly random (though probably awesome) stuff coming but we’re losing True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.. two flagship shows that pull in huge numbers.

    I think partnerships with people like Aronofsky could potentially be huge.

    • mwilson21

      While it’s true that HBO has (and will continue to) gone through a lot of changes in their line-up, I’m very optimistic about a lot of the shows they currently have in development.

      Since 2013, they’ll have lost Enlightened, Family Tree, Eastbound & Down, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and Treme (in addition to any of the other half hour shows that may or may not be renewed, such as Hello Ladies and Getting On – both of which I’d like to see more of, personally). That’s a pretty decent amount of shows.

      But just this year they’ll be adding True Detective, Looking, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, John Oliver, and more than likely a few more that are in development (like the drama series from 12 Years A Slave director, Steve McQueen) or currently in production (such as David Milch’s The Money, which I think we may see paired up with the final season of Boardwalk). I’m also expecting to see the new show with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on the schedule before the year is out, as well as The Brink.

      Maybe I’m just being optimistic, but I think HBO may be approaching a new ‘Golden Age’ for their network. Add in the show that Scorsese, Winter, and company are set to begin work on after Boardwalk Empire has wrapped, and nebulous projects like Monster from Guillermo del Toro that may be on the horizon, and I’d say there’s more reason for optimistic than worry.

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