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Aronofsky's Noah slated to begin production in July, released in 2013

Jan. 27, 2012by: Paul Shirey

There's been a lot of back-and-forth with director Darren Aronofsky's NOAH project, which is no surprise since it seems to be a regular thing with him.  After dropping out of WOLVERINE 2, Aronofsky seems to have shifted his focus to NOAH, a big-budget epic retelling of the Biblical story of Noah's Ark. 

However, there seems to be a lot of twists and turns to the story, making it much less a simple re-telling and more of a "re-imagined" and "exaggerated" story of NOAH, which actually makes me more optimistic for the project. 

During the latest podcast of Oscar Poker, a conversation between Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Wells revealed some highlights from a conversation with Aronofsky's go-to cinematographer, Matthew Libatique:

"...And he was telling me about 'Noah' and what the script is like. They're going to start shooting in July in New York and Iceland and he says it's really a good script. They're really doing the story of Noah, a very unlikely subject you might think for a cutting edge fellow like Darren Aronofsky, but that's what they're doing. It's going to be more likely a Fall 2013 release," shared Wells.

When talking about the long gestation period for the film to get underway, Wells shared this tidbit about casting and the implementaion of a villain role:

"That's the hangup right now, they haven't cast Noah yet. But it's got a guy in his 40s so it's not going to be young. It's going to be 40s. And there's a big villain part, gotta have a villain in the story of Noah," Wells added. "Someone who's saying 'Listen, don't listen to him. We're fine! We don't need to build any ark. Don't be so alarmist! Don't be so fundamentalist.' You know? One of those guys. So it sounded like a lot of fun, actually."

Originally, Christian Bale was offered the role of Noah, but turned it down due to other committments and the latest rumor is that Michael Fassbender is circling the role.  Although I think I'd prefer Bale, I think Fassbender is a great choice.  He's truly come into his own in the last few years and is a force to be reckoned with.  Also, he killed Kevin Bacon with a coin.

One more interesting bit is this translated synopsis from the graphic novel version of Noah, which Aronofsky collaborated on:

It was a world without hope, a world with no rain and no crops, dominated by warlords and their barbarian hordes. In this cruel world, Noah was a good man. Seasoned fighter, mage and healer but he only wanted peace for him and his family. Yet every night, Noah was beset by visions of an endless flood, symbolizing the destruction of all life. Gradually, he began to understand the message sent him by the Creator. He had decided to punish the men and kill them until the last. But he gave Noah a last chance to preserve life on Earth…

In an exclusive interview with Coming Soon, screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, THE LAST SAMURAI, HUGO) talked about working with Aronofsky on the project:

"I just dipped in to help a little bit because I've liked Darren's work and we just sort of talked about it and it was really fun.  It's really great," said Logan. 

He went on to say, "I think Darren's an auteur and I think he's a genuine artist," he responded when asked whether this would be Aronofsky's return to larger scale films ala the hugely underrated THE FOUNTAIN.  "I think any movie is going to be his sensibility.  What excites me about it is the revisionist idea of Darren Aronofsky doing a bible movie.  It's like, when Ridley Scott came to me with 'Gladiator' I was like, 'Your'e out of your mind.  It's a sword and sandal movie.' but we were able, all of us, to sort of to put a new gloss on an old genre.  There couldn't be a more old, tired genre that we think we know than the biblical epic.  you have those images of Charlton Heston, Cecil B. DeMille, but that's not what we're doing.  Darren's sensibility is completely modern and so thrilling because it's revisionist."

I don't know about you, but NOAH is suddenly getting...awesome. I mean, yeah, it was interesting before, but it's starting to feel like this just might be a super bad ass movie, which isn't something you think about when you think of Noah's Ark.  I think of Sunday School cartoons with Noah rounding up a male and female animal of every species, loading them onto a boat and sailing away with a big smile on his face.

Somehow, I don't think Aronofsky's version will be like that.  Just a guess.  Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more developments, hopefully with some official casting and a start date.

Extra Tidbit: Based on what you know now, what would you rather see Aronofsky do: Wolverine 2 or Noah?

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11:18AM on 01/28/2012

Noah, how long can you tread water?

This makes me think of the old Bill Cosby routine. If this movie gets made, it's another piece of evidence that America is turning into a fundamentalist theocracy. Republicans will just eat it up.
This makes me think of the old Bill Cosby routine. If this movie gets made, it's another piece of evidence that America is turning into a fundamentalist theocracy. Republicans will just eat it up.
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4:56AM on 01/28/2012
I'll give anything Aronofsky directs a shot. To be honest there's loads of crazy movies you could make based on biblical stories if you don't mind pissing off Christians. Be interesting to see how this one pans out anyway.
I'll give anything Aronofsky directs a shot. To be honest there's loads of crazy movies you could make based on biblical stories if you don't mind pissing off Christians. Be interesting to see how this one pans out anyway.
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10:18AM on 01/28/2012
Not a question of pissing off Christians,it's whether or not Darren will coward out and water down the source material? = snooze fest.. My guess after reading the above,wimped out already.
Not a question of pissing off Christians,it's whether or not Darren will coward out and water down the source material? = snooze fest.. My guess after reading the above,wimped out already.
11:39PM on 01/27/2012
I don't understand why anyone would have a negative response to a big screen adaptation of a biblical story. I mean, most the movies and shows we watch already are taken from or have some kind of reference to some story in the bible. Its one of the oldest collection of stories around. This is coming from an atheist.
I don't understand why anyone would have a negative response to a big screen adaptation of a biblical story. I mean, most the movies and shows we watch already are taken from or have some kind of reference to some story in the bible. Its one of the oldest collection of stories around. This is coming from an atheist.
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3:03AM on 01/28/2012
Because the article said "there seems to be a lot of TWISTS and TURNS to the story, making it much less a simple re-telling and MORE OF A "RE-IMAGINED" and "EXAGGERATED" story of NOAH."
Because the article said "there seems to be a lot of TWISTS and TURNS to the story, making it much less a simple re-telling and MORE OF A "RE-IMAGINED" and "EXAGGERATED" story of NOAH."
8:35PM on 01/27/2012
Answer to question = "Wolverine 2" it's obvious that he's gonna lame-out and just give us a Conan the Barbarian with one hell of a flood..
Answer to question = "Wolverine 2" it's obvious that he's gonna lame-out and just give us a Conan the Barbarian with one hell of a flood..
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6:20PM on 01/27/2012

Sounds Good

Love me some big ol' BCE epics! With this, and potentially Spielberg's Moses film coming out in the next couple years, I am stoked.

Now, if only Fincher could move away from fixating on Jolie as Cleopatra for his film....
Love me some big ol' BCE epics! With this, and potentially Spielberg's Moses film coming out in the next couple years, I am stoked.

Now, if only Fincher could move away from fixating on Jolie as Cleopatra for his film....
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6:18PM on 01/27/2012
The villain should be god, he's the one that drowned everyone else. Poor Gomorrahean pre-schoolers didn't do anything.
The villain should be god, he's the one that drowned everyone else. Poor Gomorrahean pre-schoolers didn't do anything.
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10:25AM on 01/28/2012
"didn't do anything" YET,so I guess that was the point now wasn't it?
"didn't do anything" YET,so I guess that was the point now wasn't it?
5:18PM on 01/27/2012

This sound so amazing..

I hope that movie will be like EPIC like 3hrs EPIC Darren is an amazing director.
I hope that movie will be like EPIC like 3hrs EPIC Darren is an amazing director.
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4:47PM on 01/27/2012
Why don't I curr?
Why don't I curr?
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4:37PM on 01/27/2012

Stay Away From Church

There's just something wrong with re-imagining a bible story. Doesn't feel right.
There's just something wrong with re-imagining a bible story. Doesn't feel right.
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5:59PM on 01/27/2012
Because it isn't right.
Because it isn't right.
6:14PM on 01/27/2012
Yeah that's for the Catholics and Mormons to do.
Yeah that's for the Catholics and Mormons to do.
4:10PM on 01/27/2012
A "Noah's Ark" with a twist? Starring Michael Fassbender? From Aronofsky? I'm sold.
A "Noah's Ark" with a twist? Starring Michael Fassbender? From Aronofsky? I'm sold.
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4:03PM on 01/27/2012
Well if the cast is Fassbender + someone awesome as a villain, then definitely Noah.
Well if the cast is Fassbender + someone awesome as a villain, then definitely Noah.
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4:02PM on 01/27/2012
Noah
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