When Deadline broke news last week that director Darren Aronofsky wanted his next project to be an “edgy” retelling of the story of Noah and his ark, we had to check our calendars and make sure 2011 didn’t somehow feature two April 1sts. It doesn’t – and as hard to fathom as a Noah’s Ark film is, the Black Swan director seems completely serious about making it…with a $130 million dollar budget.
$130 million dollars for a biblical epic is a tough sell in Hollywood (where the only other religious epics of the past few decades that spring to mind are The Last Temptation of Christ and The Passion of the Christ – but it’s been a few years, so maybe we’re due for another) and this film’s sailing was going to be even rougher since it had no stars attached – until today.
Vulture is reporting that Aronofsky has set his sights on Christian Bale for the lead role in his new film. As the blog points out, the age thing might be an issue – Noah was 600 years old when he built the ark, while Bale is a relatively young 37. However, if anyone can pull this off, it’s probably Bale.
While no one knows how Aronofsky will make this story “edgy,” we’d guess that Noah’s drunkenness will come into play at some point.
Should Bale come aboard the project, it would help Aronofsky in his quest to get his $130 million dollars. The Batman star’s involvement should convince studios to pony up the cash for the project, which is already on tricky financial ground and will apparently require three studios to produce. Noah’s Ark is currently set up at New Regency, a Fox mini-studio, but there’s no way they can finance a movie this size. Additional investors will be required – and reports are that the main Fox studio, Paramount, and Summit are looking to get involved.
Honestly, we don’t know what to make of this news. On the one hand, it’s disappointing to realize that Aronofsky dropped out of helming The Wolverine to make a film about a bible story everyone already knows. On the other, the whole idea of this film – and Bale’s potential involvement – sounds so outrageous that we can’t help but be intrigued. What do you guys think? Would you watch Noah’s Ark on the big screen or would you have preferred Aronofsky give us a comic book movie instead?