Darren Aronofsky’s last film, Noah, saw him unleash a biblical flood upon the world, and it looks like one of his next films could take him all the way to the moon. The visionary director is reportedly circling around the hot new sci-fi spec script of the moment, Moonfall written by David Weil, though he is not the only interested party.
According to the Wrap, Moonfall has much of Hollywood all in a tizzy. As the script makes the rounds to various studios, New Regency is one of the players involved. Aronofsky has a first look deal in place with them, and he is one of numerous high-profile filmmakers who has read Weil’s story and has expressed interested in producing the project. So if Moonfall winds up at New Regency, and if Aronofsky maintains his initial curiosity and has the time in a busy schedule, it’s possible this could go down.
Wherever Moonfall does land, and whoever winds up making this film, it sounds like something we’ll definitely be interested in regardless. When your film is described as Fargo on the moon, you have our attention. What kind of accents do you think the folks who live on the moon have? There aren’t a to of story details available, but the film is being called a crime thriller that is set in space, and while that is unusual enough to make it stand out from the pack, it also said to have a “unique angle rather than the typical point of entry to a sci-fi story set in outer space.”
Weil’s earlier script, called Half Heard in the Stillness, was included in the 2013 Black List, a running inventory of the best, as yet unproduced scripts floating around the industry, and is currently in production. This one also sounds promising, though it isn’t even a little bit sci-fi. The story is about a man who is accidentally rescued after spending 10 years held prisoner in a basement after being abducted by a pedophile. While he struggles to readjust to freedom and reconnect with his family, the detective who handled his case looks into the recent disappearance of another boy in town.
Though many of his films have fantastic elements, like Black Swan, Aronofsky hasn’t taken on a hard sci-fi outing since The Fountain in 2006, and the idea of going down that road again is an exciting one. While we don’t know too much about Moonfall, there is an overarching strangeness that seems like a good fit for him, and it will be a lot of fun to see how this comes together.
Like we said, Moonfall is currently being shopped around, so none of this is set in stone, but it is an interesting possibility. Whenever we learn more about this project, you can be sure that we’ll pass it on to you.