Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Darren Aronofsky, most recently of “Black Swan,” is apparently trying to get an “edgy” retelling of the Noah’s Ark story off the ground.
Aronofsky penned the script himself (though it’s being rewritten by someone else), and according to Finke he’s “passionate” about the project and eager to make the film on as “grand” a scale as possible. He is reportedly seeking a $130 million budget, over ten times what was spent on the phenomenally successful “Black Swan.” Studios possibly interested include Paramount, Fox, and Summit Entertainment.
After pulling out of directing “The Wolverine” and also backing away from a remake of “Exodus,” Aronofsky is clearly in a mood to be in complete control, and to do something truly epic. Does this turn towards the Biblical mark a new direction for him, or a return to the over-the-top filmmaking of “The Fountain”? Only time and Hollywood wheeling and dealing will tell.