Paramount Reaches For Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Darren AronofskyOne of the most talked-about epic films in the making is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. After the director’s indie hit, Black Swan, packed theaters months after its debut (most people just wanted to prove that they’d be the first to “get it”), production companies are swarming to get in on this new project. Paramount is the projected winner of the rights race, intending to fund half of the budget, which is reported at between $130 and $150 million. Funding the other half will be New Regency, which is long attached to Noah.

As for the story, Aronofsky suggests that he wants to downplay the religious aspects of the Noah’s Ark story. It is in large part about God, so if this weren’t the man that has blown my mind and given me nightmares many times over, I’d predict the project’s failure. But Aronosky…he’s got something going on, up there.

Also, word is going around that Christian Bale might take on the titular role. I don’t think there are too many people that are going to have a problem with that.

Aronofsky has been dedicated to this project for over five years. When he was in his teens, he actually wrote a poem about the Biblical story that won him a local contest in Brooklyn. Clearly, if you’re going to let some turn one of the most well-known tales in Western culture into an awesome movie, he’s not too far from your ideal candidate.

We’ll probably be seeing a dense Noah — a troubled, cerebral, debatably schizophrenic Noah. And all that’s fine by me. In the hands of a pretty terrific actor and a director impressive enough to still have me questioning things about his latest film, Noah seems to have a pretty bright future.

Source: Slashfilm

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.