Aronofsky Helming Siegel’s Wrestler

Last week it was reported that scribe Robert Siegel’s indie drama “The Wrestler” is in development at Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, and now it appears that Aronofsky will direct as well reports Coming Soon.

The story centers on Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a 1980s-era star pro wrestler who has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again.

In an effort to build a new life, Robinson takes a job at a deli, moves in with an aging stripper and tries to build a relationship with her son. But the prospect of a rematch with his old nemesis the Ayatollah proves too tempting to resist, even if it means risking his life.

A January 7th start of shooting has been targeted. This means that “The Fighter” with Mark Wahlberg and Brad Pitt is likely to be delayed until after the strike.