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Darren Aronofsky's next project might be an adaptation of the spy-thriller Red Sparrow

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Red Sparrow

Darren Aronofsky's NOAH with Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly is in post-production, and there's apparently a couple of films the director is interested in working on as a follow-up. Deadline has heard rumors that Aronofsky might be interested in a George Washington project, but the latest news is he might helm an adaptation of the novel Red Sparrow for Fox. The book is by Jason Matthews (who is also a former CIA officer) and was published just two months ago.

Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

Page by page, veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews’s Red Sparrow delights, terrifies and fascinates, all while delivering an unforgettable cast, from a sadistic Spetsnaz “mechanic” who carries out Putin’s murderous schemes to the weary CIA Station Chief who resists Washington “cake-eaters”. Packed with insider detail, this novel brims with Matthews’s life experience of espionage, counterintelligence, spy recruitment, and cyber-warfare. Brilliantly composed, Red Sparrow is a masterful spy tale. Authentic, tense, and entertaining, this novel introduces Jason Matthews as a major new American talent.

RED SPARROW doesn't sound like something Darren Aronofsky would direct, which is why it would be perfect for him. You take a look at his filmography and even though his films may share certain themes and illusions, you can't really say he does the same thing with every one of his movies. Aronofsky helming a spy flick? Sold.

Darren Aronofsky's next film NOAH is scheduled to be released on March 28th, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Which would you rather see Darren Aronofsky tackle next: RED SPARROW or the George Washington project?
Source: Deadline

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4:35AM on 08/15/2013
Vladimir Putin is a hunky gay icon for the 21st century. You can't say that about many sinister world leaders.
Vladimir Putin is a hunky gay icon for the 21st century. You can't say that about many sinister world leaders.
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12:10AM on 08/15/2013

I loveeeee daren...

hes an amazing director and never ever sticks to one kind of film.
hes an amazing director and never ever sticks to one kind of film.
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9:42PM on 08/14/2013
"...ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin..."

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"...ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin..."

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6:12PM on 08/14/2013
I'm sure he'd make Red Sparrow more than enjoyable, but I'm still not that thrilled by the premise. But if it's between that and a friggin' George Washington flick, I'll take Sparrow all day . . .
I'm sure he'd make Red Sparrow more than enjoyable, but I'm still not that thrilled by the premise. But if it's between that and a friggin' George Washington flick, I'll take Sparrow all day . . .
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4:38PM on 08/14/2013
I would be on board for both. I'm still sad that he ditched The Wolverine and can only imagine what his version would have been like. Red Sparrow sounds like kind of a run-of-the-mill storyline but Aranofsky is one of the few actual American auteurs working today. Anything he does is going to be interesting.
I would be on board for both. I'm still sad that he ditched The Wolverine and can only imagine what his version would have been like. Red Sparrow sounds like kind of a run-of-the-mill storyline but Aranofsky is one of the few actual American auteurs working today. Anything he does is going to be interesting.
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4:05PM on 08/14/2013
As long as there is a lesbian sex scene.
As long as there is a lesbian sex scene.
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3:44PM on 08/14/2013
I dont know anything about the book but this feels like "one for you, one for them" situation
I dont know anything about the book but this feels like "one for you, one for them" situation
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