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

08.14.2013

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.

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

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