UPDATE: Representatives of Darren Aronofsky are now denying Protozoa Pictures’ involvement in the Pandemonium project. However, this could just be all a big mind-melting twist (Black Swan!).
EARLIER: Darren Aronofsky, you’ve won me over. I was pretty impressed, albeit skeeved out, by you, when I was made to watch Requiem for a Dream in tenth grade health. The Fountain was fair, The Wrestler was a nice touch… and then came Black Swan: that’s the most excited, perplexed, disturbed and encouraged by a movie I’ve been since The Brave Little Toaster. So how thrilled am I that you’re getting involved with my favorite artistic medium of all—television? Very.
Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, will be producing Pandemonium, a project based off Daryl Gregory’s book series concerning a reality in which spirit possessions are epidemic. In Gregory’s literature, spirits move from host body to host body, possessing and releasing individuals as they see fit. However, the protagonist, Del Pierce, has played host to a single spirit for twenty years. Therein lies the rub.
Sound good? Yes. It does. Don’t bother forming your own opinion.
Aronofsky also signed on to direct the pilot of the HBO series Hobgoblin, created by writer Michael Chabon.
This whole thing is a thrill-ride. Aronofsky is joining the flood of great directors moving into television, and I couldn’t be more optimistic about his projects. So this is happiness.