ANALYSIS: The Enigma of Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’

Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” had the weekend at the box office. Newcomer Darlene Hunt’s “Parasite,” a “horror play” about a woman infected with a dangerous virus, gets zero reviews.

Both films are produced by ENDeavor Content, the scripted content arm of IMG Worldwide. ENDeavor Content closed a new deal for the company on Friday, an eight-figure production commitment.

Oscar-winning Aronofsky and Howard, led a team of five agents and managers on the acquisition. Aronofsky said the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Financial terms and the size of the new production commitment were not disclosed.

“This is an amazing opportunity to partner with Darren Aronofsky and team, and go after unscripted film projects together,” Greg Lipstone, co-CEO of Endeavor Content, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the talented team at Aronofsky and Howard, and providing their A-list talent with the best opportunities to get their movies made and distribute across a variety of platforms.”

Howard said in the statement, “As a company, Endeavor Content and Darren have achieved great success together producing scripted content and together, we’re looking forward to continued successes across both scripted and unscripted platforms. I’m thrilled to be part of this next phase of our business.”

“Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Aronofsky’s production company goes back to his work on the Sundance documentary “Wish You Were Here.” Aronofsky, Howard and their husband/wife team of Nat Furman and Joel Zadak served as executive producers on the film that showcased the indie filmmakers’ passion.

Howard and Aronofsky have since worked together on several projects including “Black Swan” which scored 10 Academy Award nominations and won Best Actress for Natalie Portman. They also teamed up with Furman and Zadak on the HBO drama “Animal Kingdom” and the Showtime drama series “The Affair.”

Howard, Aronofsky and their agency representatives negotiated the deal.


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