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