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Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

The following e-mail just showed up in my inbox, hot on the heels of sighting Brad Pitt in the crowd at the first game of the NBA Finals. He’s got a huge mountain man beard going right now, and everyone I was watching the game with wondered what he was doing it for.

Today’s scooper has the answer:

Hey Mori!!

This is Maxamillian Cohen reporting in. I wanted to let you know about what’s going on with Darren Aronofsky’s LAST MAN. You know the one. It’s the SF film at Warner Bros. that everyone says is set to start shooting in Australia soon. Except, maybe, it’s not. You see, Warner Bros. is trying to dump the film into turnaround.

They’re showing it to a bunch of other studios, I hear, and even though Brad Pitt’s growing his beard for the film and actors like Cate Blanchett and Ellen Burstyn think they’re reporting to Queensland in the fall, there’s no guarantee it’s going to happen.

Also, the film isn’t called LAST MAN. It’s called THE FOUNTAIN. The LAST MAN title got dumped a while ago. The script by Ari Handler and Aronofsky was here in our office last week, and I’m trying to get a copy of it for you. The guy who read it said it’s whacko. It’s like a science fiction film and a history film about South America and a story about God all at once. He said it was real hard to describe.

Anyway, if I hear anything else, I’ll tell you!!

That’s more than I’d heard about the film’s supposed themes before now, and the title change has me intrigued. I guess we’ll see if our new spy can come up with more details in the immediate future. In the meantime, I’d love to know who else Aronofsky is talking to about the film if Warner Bros. is backing out. Also, how is this going to affect their BATMAN relationship?

Time will tell...

"Moriarty" out.

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