Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Epic May End Up Shooting This Summer?
Darren Aronofsky has never been one to get films easily afloat, per se, and may have just as many sinking or dead in the water projects as he does completed ones (granted his completed films are brilliant masterpieces including The Fountain). But his latest planned project, the biblical epic Noah, could be setting sail as soon as this summer. According to a little bit of the telephone game with cinematographer and frequent collaborator Matthew Libatique (who worked with Aronofsky on Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan and nearly The Wolverine) it sounds like the film could be shooting this summer.
This news coming hot on the heels of the recent news that Steven Spielberg was close to signing a deal to direct a Moses biopic, so there seems to be a lot of Biblical tales getting tossed around Hollywood. But according to Libatique (via a conversation with Hollywood Elsewhere‘s Jeffrey Wells, relayed on the Oscar Poker podcast. Hat-tip to The Playlist), Noah should be the first out of the gate starting its voyage in July in New York and Iceland, with a release set for some time in 2013. Casting is currently underway for the titular ark builder, as well as the film's antagonist. Here's what Wells had to say about the film:
"It’s got a guy in his 40's so it’s not going to be young. It’s going to be 40's. And there’s a big villain part, gotta have a villain in the story of Noah. Someone who’s saying ‘Listen, don’t listen to him. We’re fine! We don’t need to build any ark. Don’t be so alarmist! Don’t be so fundamentalist.’ You know? One of those guys. So it sounded like a lot of fun, actually.”
Originally, Christian Bale was attached but had a prior commitment to the back-to-back films he starring in for Terrence Malick. Now Michael Fassbender's name is being thrown around but he has Twelve Years A Slave - his third film with Steve McQueen - slated to shoot around the same time so only time will tell that to be truth or not. And of course this is all a bit of hearsay. I can imagine it going down like this; Aronofsky mentioned to Libatique to ready himself since they might be shooting this summer if the stars aligned and Libatique candidly relayed that to Wells in a conversation and so on and so forth. You know how it goes. With these things, until they call action and the camera is rolling on that first day, nothing is guaranteed. Either way, there's no doubt that Aronofsky wants to gather animals two by two and send them sailing. Hopefully he's that much closer to making this a reality. Stay tuned!