After going biblical on everyone’s ass with the visually spectacular Noah, I’ve been curious to see what director Darren Aronofsky will be choosing for his next project. Well now we have the answer – so it’s a good thing I wasn’t publicly asking this questioning a month ago, or I would have had nothing to write about.
According to the Tracking Board, Aronofsky’s next project is an adaptation of The Good Nurse, a novel written by Charles Graeber. The full title of the book is The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, but Aronofsky’s had the good sense to go with less of a mouthful. The book follows the life and arrest of registered nurse Charlie Cullen, who was dubbed ‘The Angel of Death’ for his implication in the deaths of as many as 300 patients. Oh, he also may have been the most prolific serial killer in American history.
Still doesn’t sound very unique? That’s because what really makes the story of Charlie Cullen creepy is not his hideous murder spree, but more the way he was idolised by his friends and family for being – you guessed it – an angel. The novel also follows the efforts of two former homocide detectives who got to the bottom of the murders, and the fellow nurse who risked everything to aid the investigation.
As non-fiction novels go, it’s utterly chilling and wraps your head in the complexities of murderous, psychotic obsession. So hey, who better than Aronofsky to polish it into a feature? It’ll be a gas to see the Black Swan director return to something a little darker and mentally sinister.
Have you read The Good Nurse? Spoilers!