Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up Darren was always artistic; he loved classic movies and as a teenager he even spent time doing graffiti art. After High School, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film, Supermarket Sweep (starring Sean Gullette), which went on to becoming a National Student Academy Award Finalist. Aronofsky didn't make a feature film until 5 years later, in [February] 1996, where he began creating the concept for Pi. After Darren’s Pi script received great reactions from friends, he began production. (The film re-teamed Aronofsky with Gullette, who played the lead.)
When starting Pi, Aronofsky and crew realized they didn't have enough money to complete the film. Associate Producer, Scott Franklin, came up with the idea to ask every person they knew for $100 to help complete the film. (Later in production certain individuals put in more cash, which let Aronofsky complete the film.) After the film was completed (with a budget somewhere around $60,000), Darren Aronofsky received praise from critics and film-buffs alike, and landed his film an award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 1998 the film was picked up by Artisan and released in selected cities.
One of Darren's favorite books of all time was Hubert Selby's Last Exit to Brooklyn. While editing Pi, producer Eric Watson convinced Aronofsky to read another Selby book, Requiem For A Dream. (Darren had actually started the book years before but stopped reading.) Darren was heavily impacted and wanted to film an adaption of the novel. While Darren thought about Requiem he also became involved in two other projects:
Even while Pi was still in theaters, news sprung up that Aronofsky was contemplating adapting a Frank Miller comic called Ronin as his next movie. (Darren had been a big fan of the comic book along with other Miller comics, such as Batman: Year One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns--in fact the visual style for Pi had actually been influenced by a black and white comic titled, Sin City, which was written and drawn by Frank Miller.
Around the same time the Ronin news broke, news came up that Darren Aronofsky was involved in another film as well: Proteus (Now titled Below). Dimension Films had signed Darren to write Proteus, which was a sci-fi thriller set on a Submarine during WWII, and Aronofsky seemed all set to direct. In an interview, Aronofsky stated that horror movies at gone too far over the edge with gore, and vowed to give the film a very psychological feel.
Darren decided he would do Requiem For A Dream first and quickly began working on the Requiem script. (Hubert Selby Jr. co-wrote the script along with Aronofsky.) By the time Requiem debuted in year 2000, Aronofsky was a favorite among indie-film lovers.
After Requiem was completed, Darren decided not to do either Ronin or Proteus: He put Ronin on hold, although according to a recent interview may not be dead forever, and director David Thwohy signed on to develop Proteus which started filming in May of 2001 and now retains the name Below. (Darren is still an executive producer for the project.)
Since Requiem For A Dream debuted, Darren has received major media attention as well as swept away some major Hollywood execs: Aronofsky recently signed on to restart the live action Batman movie franchise for Warner Brothers. Aronofsky will be writing a film adaptation of the cult favorite comic Batman: Year One with former Ronin partner and comic guru, Frank Miller. (Who as listed above, also wrote the Year One comic.) But before Darren starts production on his version of the Batman character, he will helm and co-write a big-budget sci-fi motion picture, which has been kept top secret although it is known that this unnamed film will star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.