Concept Art for Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah's Ark' Epic Discovered?

February 7, 2011
Source: Bleeding Cool

Darren Aronofsky's Noah Epic Concept Art

It's bit hard to think past Darren Aronofsky's The Wolverine, which starts shooting in a few months, but if you can, there is a project the Oscar nominated director has been talking about for a while that's a "graphic novel adaptation." Last month, a few sites posted about how he's "doing a comic book of a script that's really hard to make and we're going to do a comic version first," which it turns out Bleeding Cool (via The Playlist) says is actually based on the graphic novel Noah, drawn by Nico Henrichon, and they have art. Back in '07, we posted quotes from Darren about a Noah's Ark project described as an unconventional "biblical epic."

Aronofsky is a big comic book fan and collects comic art, which is fitting knowing that he's about to direct a action comic book movie. But after that, it may be Noah, if things come together. As is always the case with any Aronofsky project, things change, people fall out, production schedules shift, only one film can get the greenlight at a time. But Bleeding Cool also came across a stash of concept art images for Canadian artist's Nico Henrichon's Noah and it's gorgeous to look at. You can check out a few below, or visit Henrichon's own website, or visit Bleeding Cool for few more shots. This is a pretty nifty first glimpse at the concept overall.

Nico Henrichon's Noah

They also found a promo video for the comic, which we've added at the bottom, in case you want to watch. In some very old quotes from /Film, Aronofsky describes the Noah story: "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… It's a really cool project and 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." Adding about his interest in the biblical Noah: "he's a dark, complicated character." The "Noah" from these photos looks more like the Captain in Tales of the Black Freighter, but it's Aronofsky and I trust his vision.

We can't confirm whether these are official or not, or even if they're representative of the film Aronofsky has in mind, but they are admittedly cool to see either way, and I hope we one day get to see an unconventional biblical Noah epic like this actually shot and up on the big screen. Until then, we have a few years to wait, as Aronofsky is about to head to Japan for The Wolverine next with Hugh Jackman and who knows after that. He could take home an Oscar or two at the Academy Awards in a few weeks, too. We'll keep you in the loop.

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  • Hubris007
    this could be huge....
  • Craig
    Just what we need, more religious bullshit.
    • It's a story like anything else. I think what we DON'T need is more poorly done action flicks, remakes, sequels, reboots, or movies where a famous person snorts coke and falls in love with a hooker.
      • Craig
        It's not just a story like anything else, though. Millions of people don't watch Star Wars and think that it actually happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
    • Ruskobot
      Believe what you will, but the there is a reason that Christianity is so big. At its very core, it's a very compelling story, a beautiful lie. I for one, love fictional retellings of biblical stories, like in The Sandman. Check it out. Think critically before you dismiss something, or else you're just like them.
  • Grichmer
    This could actually be interesting if done right. I'm a fan of Aronofsky's work and wouldn't mind seeing his take at something more epic in scale.
  • I'd be interested in seeing Aronofsky's take on the Noah story. My wife and I finally saw Black Swan the other day, and after that I have faith Aronofsky can direct anything, anytime, anywhere and it would be good.
  • Anonymous
    I wonder how many people are gonna be extremely pissed and offended by this. Religious themes in movies... Grab your pitchforks, everyone!
    • I seriously don't understand why people do. Just don't watch the movie, right? If everyone based distaste on something they don't believe and don't care for, they'd hate 99% of all movies. I could watch nearly anything Aronofsky makes, including a 2 hour film of a homeless guy taking a dump. Only Aronofsky could make that interesting. So, when it comes to one of the most recognized stories every told, and Aronofsky might direct it? Well, I'm sold. Period. I could care less about personal belief at that point.
  • Theshom
    Keep your panties on guys, its just a movie.
  • Anonymous
    I believe in god and I like anything pertaining, even if it insults my chosen religion, hell I'm a Gervais fan, and he always pokes at religion.
  • John
    Great more religious brainwashing, for the weak minded!
    • sure
  • hmm
    Wow talk about intolerance, its a story from a book, I'm pretty sure Aronofsky doesn't have a religious agenda, and you automatically dismissing this is the same as any extremist group. Grow up, this could be frigin EPIC.
  • Guy
    Any idea why this is a movie about Noah and the photos show the Adam and Eve/Cain and Able story? or is that just the intro to the film?
  • Lamar
    I'm a Christian who loves movies, and I think this could be a great project. Aronofsky has a way of making a film about anything great. Not many people realize that the Bible (particularly the Old Testament) is filled with epic stories that could be well translated into cinema. If Aronofsky' really going to do this...IT'S GONNA BE EPIC!
    • Insider
      Mel Gibson would make a better Biblical epic than Aronofsky.
      • Ruskobot
        He already did, it's called Lethal Weapon 4
  • Anaki_v
    There are so many different stories of flooding.  the Bible is just one account.  The story of Noah isn't even original.  Noah's flood was around long before the Bible was created and it wasn't a "Christian" story.  I'm sure Aronofsky will find a way to include the various versions of this story that has been passed by different cultures throughout history.  Even if it is based of this comic book.
  • Saul castellano
    Darren is no longer doing Wolverine.......
  • Teahaus
    Doing a religious epic holds a lot of gravity and it needs to be done tactfully or people can get offended. A story's basically about the relationship between humankind and God. One's ability stay good in a world run amok; with tendencies for sin, temptation and corruption. The film should be good.. can't wait!!




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