It seems that every director goes through a phase in which they're rumored to be attached to a dozen different projects in a given week, and now it's Darren Aronofsky's turn. Hot off the shortlist to direct the Superman reboot and somehow still rumored to possibly direct the Wolverine sequel, Aronofsky's name is being floated around a third comic book property, apparently because no one can be original with their rumors anymore.

According to Newsarama, Columbia Pictures wants Aronofsky for their big adaptation of Preacher, the Vertigo Comics series about a man of faith on a journey to find God after he destroys his own church. You may remember that Sam Mendes was originally attached to the film but then bailed to tackle James Bond for MGM… a project the studio immediately put on ice while they sorted out their financial issues. Mendes hasn't shown much interest in returning to Preacher, though, and even Joe Carnahan said over the summer he wouldn't mind taking it over. Can you really blame Sony for going after Aronofsky instead of the guy who brought us The A-Team?

Of course, we have no idea how much we should trust Newsarama's anonymous source, and it wouldn't be a surprise to hear that studios are calling Aronofsky about all kinds of things this week that they know he'll never make. Anyone who sees Black Swan is instantly reminded of the man's phenomenal talent, and now is the time to talk him into a new project before Black Swan becomes a giant hit and he gets even more leverage (well, at least we should hope it becomes a giant hit). But will he take any of these offers? Your guess is as good as mine, but I wouldn't get my hopes up-- he's a director at the peak of his career who can make his own decisions, and doesn't seem to be all that interested in picking the projects people are expecting.

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