Director: Darren Aronofsky
Notable Films: Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Pi, and The Fountain.
Famous for: Unbearable honesty, emotionally destroyed and hopeless people, gritty surrealism, and intentionally ambiguous endings.
Hypothetical Premise: A cocaine-addicted woman is divorced by her extremely wealthy tycoon husband. Since there was a pre-nup and she came from a poor and abusive family, she has nothing. Over the course of the season, she goes from having everything to being a lonely, drug-ridden bum on the streets of Seattle. Her husband makes sure she never gets a job or has any way to lift herself out of the disparity she’s in. Then she meets a bouncer at a club, falls in love with him, but he can’t allow himself to love a crack addict. If there is a second season, she would descend into madness and half of the series would appear to take place in the middle ages.
Cross Between: Requiem for a Dream, Breaking Bad, and The Wrestler.