Darren Aronofsky wants Christian Bale to build him an ark that is 300 cubits by 50 cubits by 30 cubits. Vulture reports that Aronofsky is angling to get the Oscar-winning actor to star in the biblical epic Noah. As we previously reported, studios are circling the project to co-finance, but the film’s budget is projected at $130 million. Getting a star of Bale’s caliber could help secure financing. New Regency is already on board, but other contenders Summit, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount could make a better prediction of the film’s overseas potential if Bale comes on board (I swear, I’m not making these boat metaphors just for the puns).
Bale is currently filming on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. He’s also set to star in the drama The Last Photograph, which is about a war correspondent in Afghanistan who is the sole survivor of an attack on Americans. That project is tipped to shoot after Bale wraps on Batman, but we’ll see how fast Noah comes together if Bale signs on for the super fun task of gathering two of every animal. Hit the jump for more details on Noah.
If studios are thinking “This will bring in the religious folks!” that may not be the best assumption. Aronofsky said his Noah is a dark, complicated character who “struggles with survivor’s guilt.” He also said of the movie:
“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 hope that someone lets him make it as well.