Darren Aronofsky needs a new project, and if his adaptation of Serena starring Angelina Jolie gets picked up, he’ll be heading to 20’s-era North Carolina.

Already being called Aronofsky’s There Will Be Blood, the story sees a 1929 couple heading off to rough it in the woods. Things eventually get crazy-

“…newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains–but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her…”

Sounds more like Aronofsky’s Antichrist to me.

The script, which apparently needs work before any production would begin, was written by Chris Kyle. The scribe started out on Homicide: Life On The Streets and has written scripts for Katheryn Bigelow (K19Weight Of Water) and Oliver Stone (Alexander). The project is under the care of Nick Wechsler who produced Requiem For A Dream among his many other 90’s projects, and has more recently taken to shepherding popular books onto the screen- The Road, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Reservation Road for example.

Look for more news if/when this gets picked up.

Source | THR, Book Synopsis from Amazon

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