40 Photos from Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain"

Warner Bros. Pictures has released 40 photos from writier/director Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," opening on November 22nd.

While the film isn't based on a pre-existing comics property, it does have a rather dramatic comic component. "The Fountain" has been a film in production for about four years. It originally was set to star Brad Pitt, but shortly after production began, Pitt left the film to shoot "Troy." So, "The Fountain" languished for a while, but Warner Bros. was determined to see it made. The budget was trimmed down and the script reworked, with Hugh Jackman stepping into the role vacated by Pitt.

But what of that original script? Artist Kent Williams took the original script and interpreted it in an original graphic novel published through DC/Vertigo earlier this year. Essentially, Williams played director of Aronofsky's original script. You can read more about the graphic novel with Aronofsky right here on CBR.

In early 2005, CBR News was invited to visit the set of "The Fountain" while it filmed in Montreal, Canada. We were given a behind the scenes look at the production and access to all of the film's principals, including director Darren Aronofsky, co-writer Ari Handel, producer Eric Watson, actor Hugh Jackman and many others. To read the text of our set visit report, click here. To read the text of our interviews with the film makers, click here.

"The Fountain" is an epic story of love, life, religion, science and cosmology. It follows one man who tries to save the life of the woman he loves, with the story unfolding over 1000 years. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Tommy - who plays a warrior in 16th century Spain, a modern-day scientist and a 26th century astronaut - as he searches for the fountain of youth, searches for a cure to the terminal disease afflicting his wife (played by actress Rachel Weisz) and searches for an answer to the mysteries that have consumed him for a millennium. It's a science fiction epic without the trappings of a science fiction film, it's a grand and unusual love story and it's a classic story of faith and struggle. One thing is certain; "The Fountain" can not be pigeonholed into just one category. For anyone who has seen Aronofsky's previous films "Pi" and "Requiem For A Dream," you know that he crafts complex and thoughtful films and "The Fountain" continues down that same path.

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