Last we heard, back in June, the newly Wolverine-free Darren Aronofsky was shopping his $130m Noah project around Hollywood. New Regency were always keen, and there was interest from Fox and Summit, but the deal is now done, and Aronofsky's Noah will be floating ahead at Paramount.
It's been a development process of Biblical proportions, dating back at least to 2007, when Aronofsky told Empire that his angle was, "the traditional Noah story, but told in a serious way... more the sci-fi version than comedy..." Construction of the Ark was put aside in favour of smaller projects, but post-Black Swan, Aronofsky clearly now felt the time was nigh. It seems the right people in the right places agreed.
John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) is aboard to polish up the initial script drafts by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and as well as directing, Aronofsky will produce alongside Scott Franklin.
”Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey,” says Aronofsky. “The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.”
The film's now on the studio fast-track, with the plan to get it into production by spring 2012.