Aronofsky Announces Next Project
July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
If curiosity killed the cat, then Darren Aronofsky has a death wish. After crafting several critically acclaimed features and raking in a slew of awards, director Darren Aronofsky has shown that he’s not afraid to try his hand at vastly different kinds of films. His repertoire, respectable as it may be, is perhaps the most eclectic filmography of any filmmaker in modern cinema. To wit, his past films range from the fantastical movie The Fountain to grounded dramas such as The Wrestler to the more recent psycho-sexual thriller Black Swan. So naturally his next film would be…a biblical epic?
As the award-laden Black Swan took movie-goers by storm back in December, Aronofsky was already in the midst of planning his next flick. Strangely enough, his next vehicle was set to be The Wolverine; the not-so-anticipated follow-up to the critical failure X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aronofsky opted out due to scheduling conflicts; however, his penchant for choosing bizarre material remains intact, as he is currently gearing up to direct a biblical epic focusing on the story of Noah’s Ark.
“I don’t think it’s a very religious story. I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it’s a great story that’s never been on film. I want to make a big event film, and I think it can be that.”
Even more interesting is the rumor currently circulating that Aronofsky is eyeing Christian Bale for the title role in the film. Regardless of the actor, under Aronofksy’s guidance it’s sure to be a career-defining performance. His execution has proven to have a certain dynamism, so all we can do now is drum up ruminations as to how the film and performances will actually play out on screen. Nevertheless, with his eye for detail and knack for inventive cinematography, the film is sure to be as beautiful as it is poignant.
Although only recently announced, production on Aronofsky’s biblical epic is expected to begin within the coming months. A word of advice for the common movie-goer: when you buy your tickets to see the film in the next year or so, leave your presuppositions at the door. I can bet this won’t be like any Noah you’ve read or heard about before.
Written by Zack Campbell, Film Writer