Things are finally on the move for Darren Aronofsky’s passion project Noah. New Regency and Paramount have agreed to partner on the biblical epic, ending a bidding battle over who would finance the film. Deadline reports that screenwriter John Logan has come on board to rewrite Aronofsky and Ari Handel’s script, and the project is being fast tracked to hopefully go into production by next spring. The film marks the director’s follow-up to Black Swan, after he was briefly attached to The Wolverine before dropping out for personal reasons. Noah has been a passion project for Aronofsky for quite some time, and he previously described it as his “big event film.” Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Christian Bale taking on the lead and some artwork from Aronofsky’s graphic novel version of the film.
The director has said in the past that he wants Christian Bale to star as the titular Noah, and we reported back in August that Bale was circling the role, but he hasn’t officially signed on yet. After he wraps The Dark Knight Rises, Bale only has the untitled Terrence Malick film that he’s officially attached to (he and Malick already started filming scenes at Austin City Limits), so he could feasibly fit Noah into his schedule. Whatever the case, it’s definitely good to hear that Aronofsky’s passion project is coming fruition with some major financial backing to ensure that his epic vision isn’t lost.
Much like he did with The Fountain, Aronofsky commissioned a graphic novel version of his Noah story. Here are some images from that book, with artwork by Nico Henrichon: