Maybe the third time will be the charm for Darren Aronofsky. The ''Pi'' and ''Requiem for a Dream'' director has seen two comic-book projects stall in development:, ''Batman: Year One'' and ''Ronin'' -- not to mention his sci-fi epic ''The Fountain,'' which dried up when Brad Pitt dropped out to make ''Troy.'' Now, Variety reports, Paramount has him attached to a live-action version of ''Lone Wolf and Cub,'' the influential Japanese comic series that was the inspiration for ''Road to Perdition.''
Kazuo Koike's 28-volume manga series, which has sold 15 million copies worldwide, tells the story of a disgraced 17th-century samurai whose wife is killed, and who travels across Japan with his young son as he tries to clear his name. It was published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics (which has recently started publishing an updated remake, ''Lone Wolf 2100'') and served as a model for Marvel's ''Nomad'' and Max Allan Collins' graphic novel ''The Road to Perdition,'' on which last year's gangster movie starring Tom Hanks was based. Variety reports that Aronofsky is likely to reset the tale in modern times as well.