Around the turn of this century, Darren Aronofsky intended to make a ballet motion picture, influenced by his very own sis’s dancing research studies. He likewise came to be attracted by the concept of apparitions after analysis Dostoevsky’s The Double. Already assuming that Natalie Portman would certainly make the excellent leading woman, they had coffee in New York in 2000, when she was fresh from her very first turn as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I as well as a pupil at Harvard.
“She says that I had the entire film in my head, which is a complete lie,” Aronofsky informed Collider in 2010, to which Portman urged, “No, what he described to me was so close.”
The supervisor proceeded, “So, we talked a bit about it and I started to develop it, but it was a really tough film because getting into the ballet world proved to be extremely challenging. Most of the time, when you do a movie and you say, ‘Hey, I want to make a movie about your world,’ all the doors open up, and you can do anything and see anything you want. The ballet world really wasn’t at all interested in us hanging out, so it took a long time to get the information to put it together.”
He obtained included with a manuscript at Universal regarding a murder that took location in the movie theater globe, called The Understudy, composed by Andres Heinz, which Aronofsky wished can be adaptable sufficient to see his ballet desires fly. When a couple of drafts really did not exercise, he took the manufacturing independent, ultimately obtaining circulation from Fox Searchlight.
And in the meanwhile, he had actually seen Swan Lake. “When I saw the story of the black swan and the white swan, I decided to throw everything away and connect all the characters and myths to Swan Lake,” the filmmaker informed the Los Angeles Times. “The credits should really say, ‘Co-written by Tchaikovsky.'”
Luckily, Portman was still onboard. Aronofsky informed Collider, “Over the years, Natalie would say, ‘I’m getting too old to play a dancer. You better hurry up.’ I was like, ‘Natalie, you look great. It’ll be fine.’ And then, about a year out from filming, or maybe a little bit earlier, I finally got a screenplay together. That’s how it started.”