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During the summer, there was a bunch of directors names being thrown around to direct a spin-off version of “The Wolverine” with Hugh Jackman reprising his “X-Men” role. Among those directors was “Black Swan”s Darren Aronofsky, but he eventually said a big fat N-O to the studio so they eventually went with James Mangold.
Anyway, after that whole mess, Aronofsky decided he wanted to do a big-budget and “edgy re-telling of the Noah’s Ark story”. Among the studios vying for Aronofsky’s talents to create the film were New Regency, Paramount, Fox, and Summit.
And New Regency and Paramount have won the jackpot because the two studios have now confirmed that they’ll be backing Aronofsky in bringing his film to life. Here’s the details via a small press release:
Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions jointly announced today that Academy Award® nominated director Darren Aronofsky will direct the feature film Noah, with Academy Award® nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) coming aboard to re-write the script by Aronofsky & Ari Handel. Aronofsky and Scott Franklin will produce the movie.
“Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. 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,” said Aronofsky.
Aronofsky and Logan are repped by CAA.
There was a rumor back in June that Aronofsky wanted Christian Bale for the part of Noah, but that is yet to be proven.