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Black Swan Writer Shopping Stalker Thriller XOXO

While I never made myself a "Eric's Favorite Movies of 2010" list, public or private, if I did the top two movies would have been The Social Network at number one and Black Swan at number two. Sure, they aren't the most shocking choices in the world, but, if anything, the number of lists the two titles showed up on demonstrates how incredibly great they were. Now, in a very strange way, the two movies are being combined.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Mark Heyman, one of the three writers behind Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, has produced a script called XOXO that has started getting studio attention. A thriller that seems to have close ties to Fatal Attraction, the story is about a man in his 20s who begins a digital relationship with a girl on Facebook, but things start taking a dark turn when the girl becomes obsessed with him and begins to stalk him. Rather than have the two leads sitting in front of computers chatting with each other, which would likely be a total bore, an unidentified source said that "stylized visual sequences" will be used while the man and woman are interacting on their computers. The article says that Aronofsky will serve as a producer, as will one of the producers of Sideways (the article doesn't specify if it's Michael London or George Parra).

As excitement-inducing as all of the names mentioned above are, I can't help but be skeptical about this project. While the comparisons to Fatal Attraction are obvious, one must also point out that both Obsessed and Swimfan came out in the last decade using the exact same premise. Throw in the fact that Catfish, one of last year's best documentaries, constructed a similar idea just last year, this project is looking less and less fresh.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.