Paramount & New Regency Team for Aronofsky's $150 Million 'Noah'
by Ethan Anderton
October 3, 2011
This past summer, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was looking to set up his gestating, big budget Biblical epic Noah after departing the The Wolverine back in March. Then less than a week later, Christian Bale was said to be lined up to play the titular character with the project set up at New Regency but another company needed to help finance the big budget. Now a press release has announced that it will be Paramount Pictures that teams with New Regency to take care of the big $150 million budget for this new take on the well-known tale of Noah's Ark. See what Aronofsky had to say about the film below!
Nothing has been said about Christian Bale's involvement in the film, but Aronofsky stated:
"Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family's journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It's my hope that I can present a window into Noah's passion and perseverance for the silver screen."
Here's what Aronofsky said about the project from an old interview with SlashFilm back in September of 2008:
“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. 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. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.”
And if you want to get an idea of the style of this epic tale, be sure to check out the concept art for the film that surfaced this past February. Gladiator and The Aviator screenwriter John Logan will be coming on board to re-write the script which Aronofsky wrote himself with Ari Handel, who crafted the story for The Fountain back in 2006. It's nice to hear that Aronofsky is finally getting behind the camera again, and even better than it's a passion project that's been gestating for a few years now. It'll be interesting to see how Aronofsky tackle this famous tale, but I know his unique visuals and genuine filmmaker's eye will make it quite a spectacle. Film is expected to start shooting in spring of 2012 so stay tuned for updates.