One 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.