Darren Aronofsky is Shopping His $130 Million 'Noah' Epic to Studios
A few of you may remember earlier this year some magnificent concept art for an "unconventional biblical epic" that director Darren Aronofsky was putting together called Noah. Well, it sounds like that stirred up some buzz around Hollywood, as Deadline is reporting today that Darren has been taking Noah, his "edgy re-telling of the Noah's Ark story", around town in order to finance it as a major studio production. Word is he's even looking at setting this up at New Regency with a $130 million budget ("he wants") and they're looking for a major studio partner, like Paramount or Fox or Summit, to finance half of it with them.
Aronofsky has been setting up numerous projects since departing The Wolverine earlier this year, but it sounds like he still wants something big to jump into next. "It was described to me as a big fantasy epic, and an opportunity for Aronofsky to create a world. He's very passionate about it and wants to make it his next film." Obviously this is an ambitious undertaking, even for Aronofsky who hasn't made a film with a budget over $35 million (The Fountain), but if there's anyone who I think could take on this challenge and deliver, it's Darren. We will be sure to keep you updated on the status of this project and Aronofsky's plans.
Aronofsky has spoken about Noah before, in a fairly old interview on SlashFilm, where he explains more of the idea (and be sure to check out all of this concept art). "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 dark, complicated character." As a die-hard Darren Aronofsky fanboy, I'm always interested in seeing his unique take on any story and I trust in his vision, so this is no exception. Stay tuned!