Par taps Aronofsky to helm ‘Lone Wolf’

Pic to be adaptated from samurai comic

Paramount and the Mutual Film Company have tapped Darren Aronofsky to develop and direct a live-action adaptation of “Lone Wolf and Cub,” the Kazuo Koike-created graphic novel collection.

The 28-volume series has sold 15 million copies worldwide.

Tale revolves around a disgraced 17th century samurai who travels around Japan as an assassin for hire as he tries to clear his family’s name. His companion is his 3-year-old son, whose mother has been killed. Originated in Japan, the series has been published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics.

Koike’s samurai tale is expected to be contemporized by Aronofsky and his Protozoa partner Eric Watson, who’ll produce.

After drawing critical raves with “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream,” Aronofsky developed “Batman Year One” at Warner Bros. along with “The Fountain,” an epic-sized film that stalled when Brad Pitt bowed out as its star to take the Achilles role in the Wolfgang Petersen-directed “Troy.”

Aronofsky’s repped by CAA.

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