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.
Anyone else a bit boggled that he seems to be talking about the story of Noah and the Ark as if it was something that really happened? "Noah was the first environmentalist" WTF? I've enjoyed many of his movies in the past, so if I find out he's actually a batty creationist, I'm going to be pretty disappointed :/
Shikaka on Oct 3, 2011
Noah's a mythic character so in a matter of speaking he's more real that an of us are.
Robert on Oct 4, 2011
a lot believe in the story, no harm in it, to each their own. -a Christian
rocKKicker on Oct 4, 2011
No doubt; we are going to get an emotional, gritty, visually stunning movie but I am curious whether or not he is going to interject religious faith into this movie...and if so, how...
Ron on Oct 3, 2011
" silver screen ".... there is another news item, because this means he will be shooting 3D.
zyclotron on Oct 3, 2011
This should be amazing, even more so if he is able to interject the stories of the Nephilim as well.
Chjapa on Oct 3, 2011
I can't even find the right words to describe how great this is.
Davide Coppola on Oct 4, 2011
As a Christian, I'll be disappointed if Noah is depicted only as an "environmentalist" without also being portayed as a "preacher of righteousness."
Kenwata on Oct 4, 2011
I hope he includes God as more of a character than just a plot device in this movie, or puts more focus on Noah's relationship to God, or something like that because i feel like a lot of Biblical stories miss that. I dont care if you believe in a literal noahs ark, or if your a Christian or not, i think the story itself would be enhanced by more focus on God, aside from religious commentary or anything, just simply as part of the story.
jswiss on Oct 4, 2011
Well if you look at Aronofky's two original projects (Pi and The Fountain) God or the idea of God is something that seems to fascinate him.
Robert on Oct 4, 2011
I love both of those movies
J310s818 on Oct 5, 2011
Glad to hear he at least uses the word 'faith' about this Noah project. Noah is a man of God so I hope that the filmmaker stays true to the source that is the Bible.
ruth on Oct 4, 2011
I agree. I dont honestly care too much if he actually believes in a literal noah or not, but he obviously has a lot of reverence and respect for the story of Noah, and the fact that he seems to connect to it personally is really reassuring.
jswiss on Oct 5, 2011
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