Pitt Trains Aronofsky’s Fighter

Brad Pitt is in negotiations to team with Darren Aronofsky for Paramount’s drama “The Fighter.”

Pitt is replacing Matt Damon, who had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts. Pitt famously pulled out of Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” in 2002 which effectively killed that project for several years.

Based on the life of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his trainer brother Dick Eklund (Pitt), ‘Fighter’ chronicles their early days on the rough streets of Lowell, Mass., through Eklund’s battle with drugs and Ward’s eventual world championship in London.

Scott Silver (“8 Mile”) is rewriting the script. The studio is aiming for a Fall 2008 shoot. Pitt will shoot “State of Play” for Universal in the winter.