Week in Review: Darren Aronofsky could direct ‘The Good Nurse’

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Though this year’s Noah turned a lot of heads and made more than a handful of viewers frustrated, be it for declining to use the word “God” or just including Rock Titan Angel things into a Biblical story, Darren Aronofsky still remains a highly valued director and ever rising auteur in Hollywood.

Aronofsky is currently working on MaddAddam for HBO, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s trilogy of dystopian sci-fi books. But The Playlist has done a little digging and determined that his next film could be based on the book The Good Nurse, written by Charles Graeber.

The Good Nurse is a non-fiction story of Charlie Cullen, a medical professional arrested in 2003 after it was discovered that he was responsible for the deaths of as many as 300 patients over the course of his long career, and quite possibly the most prolific serial killer in American history. The media dubbed him “The Angel of Death,” as he was widely admired as a friend, brother, husband and nurse.

The Playlist determined that The Good Nurse could be Aronofsky’s next project based on this week’s release of The Hit List via the website The Tracking Report. The Hit List compiles a list of all of the best, unproduced spec-scripts currently floating around Hollywood today. One of the many scripts, Aether, is being written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and in her bio listed beneath the list of her script, it read, “As a post-grad in Scotland, Krysty developed Aether, which was featured on the 2014 Brit List and has since been picked up with FilmNation producing. Up next, she is adapting The Good Nurse for Darren Aronofsky at Lionsgate.

Perhaps that’s not much to go on, you say. A single, arguably unsubstantiated source. Well The Playlist then took it upon themselves to confirm this juicy tidbit. As it happens, they spoke with Wilson-Cairns’ agent at United Artists, who confirmed she is writing the script and writing it for Aronofsky. Further, Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures confirmed they are “attached to produce The Good Nurse, however while the filmmaker will be the first to consider directing, he is not attached to do so at this time.”

So there you have it. If Aronofsky is attached, consider me excited. And I wouldn’t doubt that Wilson-Cairns could eventually get Aether produced if she ultimately lands this one with a guy like Aronofsky.

The date of David Letterman‘s last show has been announced, May 20, 2015. By the time he’s finished, he will have recorded 6,028 episodes of both Late Night and The Late Show, says Deadline. Stephen Colbert is set to take over The Late Show upon Letterman’s departure, and in the mean time, James Corden will step in for Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show starting on March 23. Above you can watch Letterman’s retirement announcement from his April 3 broadcast this year.

FX has secured Kirsten Dunst and Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons for the second season of Fargo, their hit show based on the Coen Brothers classic. Deadline reports that the new season “is set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, SD and Luverne, MN, where a young State Police Officer Lou Solverson, recently back from Vietnam, will tackle an all new “true crime” case. Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. She shares her home with her husband Ed (Plemons), a butcher’s assistant, who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.”

It has not been a great month for Sony. Among the many other debacles that have come out of the hacking and leaks Sony is currently suffering on account of release of The Interview, details about a potential new project crossing over 21 Jump Street and Men In Black have also been leaked. The Wall Street Journal obtained emails saying “jump street merging with mib i think that’s clean and rad and powerful.” However, WSJ also elaborates that although the film is planned and greenlighted for either 2016 or 2017, it is based only on the star power and the likelihood that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones would make cameos in what would otherwise be a Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum led sequel. Otherwise there is no script or immediate confirmation or announcement of the project.

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