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Reel World: This week in Hollywood

‘Requiem for a Dream”s Darren Aronofsky could direct Brad Pitt in the next ‘Batman,’ while david Fincher may direct Morgan Freeman in a sci-fi film

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PITT STOP Could Brad Pitt be the next Batman … or the next Chuck Barris? Director Darren Aronofsky (the upcoming Requiem for a Dream), who recently met with the actor in L.A., is in talks with Warner Bros. about taking over the Batman franchise, but he’s also put in a bid to direct the studio’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, now that David Fincher (Fight Club) has dropped out. ”I’d want to bring an independent guerrilla flavor to Batman,” says Aronofsky; as for Confessions, which is based on Barris’ fantasy-autobiography and adapted by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich), ”It’s one of the few scripts I could go out tomorrow and shoot — it’s that smart,” says Aronofsky. Bryan Singer (X-Men) is also rumored to be up for the gig, and Aronofsky’s betting on the competition: ”I don’t think I’m it.” Meanwhile, he’s distracting himself by scripting a science fiction film, which he also plans to direct. ”I’m just aggressively pushing everything forward,” he says. ”The first thing that comes together, I’ll do.”

SPACE CASE Speaking of David Fincher, he may be heading into sci-fi land himself. More than four years ago, Morgan Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment, optioned Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama, about a spacecraft’s occupants, and attached Fincher. Now the project is in active development, with a script by former sci-fi writer Scott Brick. ”It’s not an easy project, but it’s possible now because of computer technology,” says Freeman, who will star and produce. The film, which has not yet been shopped to studios, requires 18 months of preproduction, two months of filming, and a year of post. At least in space, no one can hear you scream … from exhaustion.

FURTHERMORE Jim Carrey is circling Columbia’s comedy The Scared Guys; Dean Parisot (The Crew) will direct.