A Quick Look at the New TV Projects of Darren Aronofsky, Robert Downey Jr., and Bryan Cranston

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Long emancipated from its reputation as the place where has-beens go for one last snag at the limelight, television is attracting big screen folks at the top of their games. A new league of blockbuster movie stars, admired thespians, and Oscar-nominated filmmakers alike are flocking to the comforts of premium cable, all with intriguing projects in tow. Here are a few big name figures taking to the TV game with promising prospects.


Who’s that again? The guy who directed Black SwanRequiem for a Dream, The WrestlerThe Fountain, and Noah
What’s he working on? MaddAddam, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s speculative sci-fi novel trilogy (Oryx and Crake, Year Of The Flood, and MaddAddam).
For whom? HBO.
What’s the deal? The story depicts a dystopian future in which genetic engineering has swept the human race. Aronofsky might direct, and is executive producing with his fiancée Brandi-Ann Milbradt and regular collaborator Ari Handel.


Who’s that again? Iron Man.
What’s he working on? An untitled drama about a drug rehab community set in 1980s Venice Beach.
For whom? Showtime.
What’s the deal? Downey obviously has personal ties to the project considering his history with drug abuse; he and his wife Susan are producing, and Orange Is the New Black writer Gary Lennon is handling the script (so we can expect some wit).

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Who’s that again? Walter White from Breaking Bad, Hal from Malcolm in the Middle, or Tim Whatley from Seinfeld, and President Lyndon Johnson on ol’ Broadway.
What’s he working on? A narrative adaptation of the Conn and Hal Iggulden book Dangerous Book for Boys.
For whom? No word just yet.
What’s the deal? Although the Igguldens’ book takes form as a “how to” manual of sorts, Cranston’s television series will draw a narrative out of the variety of rituals established as recommended rites of passage for American youngsters.

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