The Fountain (2006)

Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Gullette, Sean Patrick Thomas, Donna Murphy
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

U.S. Opening Date: T.B.A. 2006



The Fountain is an odyssey about one man's thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th century Spain, where conquistador Tomas Creo (Hugh Jackman) commences his search for the Tree of Life, the legendary entity believed to grant eternal life to those who drink of its sap. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo, he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife Isabel (Rachel Weisz). Travelling through deep space as a 26th century astronaut, Tom begins to grasp the mysteries of life that have consumed him for more than a century.

Darren Aronofsky is one of the more interesting directors working in Hollywood right now as Pi and Requiem for a Dream have shown, and The Fountain is a  project he admits to being "obsessed" with. So it'll either be self-indulgent twaddle or brilliant then — but we're betting on the latter: right now anything is better than yet another movie based on a computer game featuring vampires (see Bloodrayne)!




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  • In early 2002, writer/director Darren Aronofsky cast Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the central leads of Tom and Izzi with a budget of $75 million. During pre-production, Pitt and Aronofsky were having major creative differences, so Pitt left to film Troy instead and the film was shut down. In early 2004, with a smaller budget of $40 million, Aronofsky cast Hugh Jackman as Tom and Rachel Weisz replaced Blanchett as Izzi.

  • Hugh Jackman had to shave off all of the hair on his head and chest for scenes in the last third of the movie.

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