Darren Aronofsky Calls His Noah Project a "Big Event" Movie
06.20.11 by Ryan
When director Darren Aronofsky decided to drop out of Twentieth Century Fox's stand-alone, non-sequel The Wolverine in March, he didn't mention a follow-up project. Then, three months later, Aronofsky was pitching Fox a "big fantasy epic" movie called Noah, based on the Noah's Ark story from the Bible. A week later, Aronofsky was reportedly courting actor Christian Bale for the lead role, a move that should secure financing for the project.
While Aronofsky awaits for funding to be approved, the director of last year's Black Swan told IFC that he thinks the story for Noah — which reportedly will command a budget of $130 million — could be a big blockbuster disaster movie. "I want to make a big event film, and I think it can be that," said Aronofsky.
The emphasis for Noah would be "event," as Aronofsky says that religion won't play as big a role in the project.
I don't think it's a very religious story. I think it's a great fable that's part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it's a great story that's never been on film.
Of course, Aronofsky's comments come in spite of the 1999 TV movie Noah's Ark with Jon Voight as Noah, and 2007's Evan Almighty, which updated the story to a modern context. The 1998 TV movie Noah also used the Biblical tale in a contemporary story.
Aronfsky still has yet to secure financing to the project, however. "All these films are hard to make so you never know," the director admitted. "We're trying to get it made and we'll see."
As for whether Bale has been officially cast, Aronosky remained coy on the subject. "No comment," said Aronofsky.