Darren Aronofsky Pitching Noah's Ark Epic to Studios
06.08.11 by REELZ
It looks like Darren Aronofsky is set to get all Biblical on us. Fresh off the Oscar-winning success of Black Swan, which reaped huge rewards at the world-wide box office, it appears the 42-year-old writer/director finally has the clout to start getting more of his dream projects off the ground. According to Deadline, he is currently trying to get funding for his Noah's Ark project.
Noah is described as "a big fantasy epic, and an opportunity for Aronofsky to create a world." He is turning the story into a four-part graphic novel, and he now has a script, which will get revisions from John Logan (Rango, The Aviator). Reportedly, Aronofsky is courting the studios for a $130 million budget. This news comes three months after Aronofsky decided to abandon The Wolverine, due to the time he'd spend away from family while shooting in Japan.
Earlier this year, MovieWeb spoke with Aronofsky, who suggested that the project would be controversial, edgy, and very family-unfriendly:
I was stunned going back and realizing how dirty some of those stories are. They're not PG in any way. They're all about sleeping with your brother's sister who gives you a child who you don't know. That kind of stuff got censored out of our religious upbringing.
In a 2008 interview with /Film, Aronofsky talked about his thematic interests in the project:
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.
We'll let you know when we hear more details. In the meantime, here is a teaser for the graphic novel, which is due in 2012: