Darren Aronofsky is Shopping Around his Epic NOAH Movie
Over the last few years Darren Aronofsky has been developing a new dark, epic and gritty retelling of the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Aronofsky is going to direct the film from a script that he also wrote, which will now go through a re-write by John Logan.
Aronofsky has taken the Noah project out on the town looking for studio backing. According to Deadline he wants $130 million to bring it to life, and New Regency is looking to jump on board in a co-financing role. Other studios that might end up taking on the project include Paramount, Fox, and Summit.
This is a film we know that Aronofsky has been very passionate about. He's already turned it into comic book adaptation which is set to be released next year. According to the director the inspiration for Noah came from a 1976 Sunn Pictures documentary called In Search of Noah's Ark that he watched when he was kid, and he is a "huge fan." In a few previous interviews he talked about his vision of Noah saying,
Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It’s there in the Bible - it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character. The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it.
I was stunned going back and realizing how dirty some of those stories are. They're not PG in any way. They're all about sleeping with your brother's sister who gives you a child who you don't know. That kind of stuff got censored out of our religious upbringing.
He went on to share his thoughts on the script,
It’s a great script and it’s huge… It’s the end of the world and it’s the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I’m not sure why any studio won’t want to make it… I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.
if this actually gets off the ground, and it probably will, Noah is going to be one hell of a epically ambitious film project. I would love to see his vision realized, how about you?