Darren Aronofsky Shopping Around $130 Million Passion Project NOAH

     June 8, 2011

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One of the reasons Darren Aronofsky reportedly signed on to do The Wolverine is because he wanted a blockbuster hit that he could leverage to make personal projects that required a larger budget than his past work.  Then he dropped off that film for personal reasons, but perhaps Black Swan grossing $315 million worldwide off a $13 million budget also had something to do with it.  Now that he has that success (along with a Best Director Oscar nomination) to his credit, Aronofsky has more clout and it looks like he’s using it to try and get Noah off the ground.

In February, we reported that Aronofsky was going to tell the story of the Bible’s Noah by creating a graphic novel with artist Nico Henrichon.  Now John Logan is re-writing the film’s script and various studios are getting interested in co-financing the ambitious project.  Hit the jump for more details.

Deadline reports that New Regency is interested in co-financing the film with Fox, Paramount, and Summit individually considering if they want to take on the other half of the film’s proposed $130 million budget.  The project has been described as a “big fantasy epic”, but Aronofsky has personally talked about the darkness in the movie that usually doesn’t lend itself to big-budget flicks.  While the timely environmental themes could work (Aronofsky described Noah as “the first environmentalist”), the director also says that Noah has some serious survivor’s guilt and that “He’s a dark, complicated character.”

Aronofsky came close to directing another biblical epic, Exodus (previously titled Moses), about the story of Moses, but he reportedly wants to make Noah, a film he’s been dreaming of since he was thirteen, his next movie.  Hopefully his dream comes true and we get to see Aronofsky work on his biggest canvas yet.

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