Darren Aronofsky is in talks to direct Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon in boxing drama “The Fighter” for Paramount Pictures.
Pic would mark Aronofsky’s second studio project. Sci-fi romancer “The Fountain” fell flat at the box office when Warner Bros. Pictures released it last fall.
Project is based on the rise of Boston boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who nabbed the world lightweight title with the help of his once down-and-out half-brother Dicky, who became a trainer.
While Par would look for Aronofsky to turn in a pic with broad appeal, he isn’t necessarily expected to take a traditional approach.
Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing.
Wahlberg and Damon are ready to commit to making “Fighter” their next movie if they like a rewrite that scribe Paul Attanasio is doing.
If the two thesps give their OK, lensing could begin in early summer in Massachusetts.
Attanasio, who will focus on the themes of brotherhood and redemption, is rewriting a draft by Lewis Collick, Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy.
Attanasio recently adapted John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” for Imagine.
Aronofsky’s other directing credits are “Requiem for a Dream” and “Pi.”
He is repped by CAA.