Darren Aronofsky Talks NOAH, Calls it His “Big Event Film”

     June 20, 2011


Coming off the major success of Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky is looking to go a little bigger. While he left The Wolverine for personal reasons, he’s now trying to get his long-in-the-works passion project Noah financed, with Christian Bale reportedly being eyed for the lead. Based on the biblical tale, John Logan is currently re-writing the script while the project is being shopped around Hollywood. Recently, the director talked a bit about his idea for the project, calling it “a big event film.” Hit the jump to see what else he had to say regarding Noah.

Speaking with IFC, Aronofsky was asked about the religious nature of Noah and he responded thusly:

“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.”

While this certainly sounds like an epic tale, especially with Aronofsky at the helm, it’s no easy task to get $130 million to make a potentially controversial film with a director who has no large-scale tentpoles on his resume. Aronofsky knows this all too well, as he went through a similar situation with The Fountain, having to re-tool the film to make the budget significantly smaller after Brad Pitt left the project.

However, he’s coming off an extremely successful film, and Fox wanted him for The Wolverine, so he’s got a bit more clout now than he did back then. He’s also close to nabbing Batman himself, which doesn’t hurt (when asked if Bale was starring in the film, the director grinned and said “no comment.”) Hopefully everything comes together and we’ll get to see Aronofsky’s epic passion project on the big screen soon.


  • wga writer

    This is a terrible idea. The reason THE PASSION worked was because Mel treated the material with the respect of a believer. That made all the difference and why believers could get behind the movie and support it. And unless you are a believer you won’t understand what I mean. (but there are shots in THE PASSION that directly tie to christian tales) They don’t explain it in the movie but again if you are familiar with these stories you get what Mel is referring to. (i.e. the shot of Pilate’s wife looking at Christ, she would later convert to christianity) If you do a Noah’s Arc movie and don’t make it religious you will end up with THE NATIVITY STORY. I like Aronofsky as a filmmaker but if he is going down this road he better add a whole lot of spectacle and try and appeal to the fan boy crowd, otherwise he will be out of luck at the box office.

    • Tmo

      I dont really agree with all of this. The tale of a great flood has been told in many religions as Aronofsky states. “Believers” (I assume your talking about modern day American Christians) will get behind this movie as long as Aronofsky keeps it closely related to the Bible and not to the other religions that tell of this great flood. I put my faith in Aronofsky to bring this story to life he is currently one of my favorite directors and I personally love the choice of casting Christian Bale if they can get him for Noah.

    • Matt

      The Passion needed to be religious because the story itself is nothing if you take the religion out of it. The story of Noah has a huge storm, a flood and animals, physical challenges and emotional difficulties. Besides, the Passion made a LOT of money, so saying it’s not going to be as big as that isn’t a huge leap of faith. Pun intended.

    • iamtryingtobelieve

      I don’t know, if you film a movie based on a Bible story & it’s directed by a non-believer, you can get something fantastic like Pasolini’s “The Gospel According to St. Matthew.”

      If there’s a good story to be told, whether or not one believes in it, doesn’t matter so long as the story is told in a beautiful manner, and storytelling & interesting & involving ways is something that Aronofsky seems to have down, so I think that someone taking a different approach than one that is completely reverent is actually a good idea.

    • Agent_Black

      Sorry wga writer but you lost me when you compared the story of Noah (a flood, animals, end of the world etc) to the Nativity (3 kings, star of wonderbirth oc Christ).

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  • Costigan

    Man… He should’ve done The Wolverine.

  • space cadet

    Darren (if you film it they will come)

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