Darren Aronofsky shopping Bible-based epic NOAH
With only five full-length features to his credit, Darren Aronofsky has built a solid reputation as one of modern cinema’s most respected directors. Not too long ago, it seemed like he was on cloud nine: he’d picked up his first Oscar nomination for the thriller BLACK SWAN and was on board to reunite with Hugh Jackman on THE WOLVERINE. However, he dropped out of that project, citing distance from family as his reason for departure. He hasn’t really made too many waves since, but that’s just recently changed.
He’s pitching his next idea for a film to various studios, no doubt sparking much excitement in Hollywood. What might be surprising, though, is the project itself. Deadline Hollywood reveals that this film is Aronofsky’s edgy vision of the Biblical Noah and the ark story, simply titled NOAH.
He wrote the script for what he desires to be “a big fantasy epic,” with Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (THE AVIATOR, GLADIATOR) on board to give it a rewrite. Aronofsky’s requesting a $130 million budget; CBS Films, Fox, Paramount, and Summit currently express interest in co-financing NOAH alongside New Regency.
Aronofsky’s features have all taken place on a relatively small scale, but he’s proven to be a consistent talent behind the camera. He always brings a focused, unique vision to his work, and I can’t imagine that a bigger scope will have an adverse effect on his product.