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It’s the hope of Aronofsky’s producing partners at Arnon Milchan’s New Regency that Noah can represent a return to edgier, more-character-driven dramas like the studio used to put its name on. As Deadline notes, Milchan’s influence helped make Fight Club, Heat and the outstanding L.A. Confidential with Crowe.
Crowe has officially entered talks to star in Noah, Aronofsky's epic take on the famous Noah's Ark story. It was previously rumored that Aronofsky wanted Christian Bale for the title role, however, that didn't work out. Crowe's name first entered this mix earlier this month when it was reported that the director was looking at both the Gladiator star and Liam Neeson. Should the deal go through, Crowe and Aronofsky will begin work on the film this summer.
It hasn't actually been that long since Crowe headlined a big epic, but it's easy to forget that Ridley Scott's 2010 Robin Hood ever happened, so I don't blame you for not remembering Crowe all that well in action-hero mode. But even in his scruffy, middle-aged state, Crowe actually seems pretty perfect for Noah, especially if Aronofsky can get him to buckle down
On his recent podcast, Wells relays a story of a conversation he had with Aronofsky’s cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who revealed that shooting would begin in July in New York and Iceland, and that they’re targeting a possible Fall 2013 release date. He also says the script brings in a villain for Noah
Obviously the big question now is who Aronofsky will go after next. His last two films - The Wrestler and Black Swan - both earned their lead actors Oscar nominations, the latter winning Natalie Portman acting's highest honor. All of a sudden this may be one of the most sought after roles in the industry. So who do you want to see star in Noah now. It's kind of an obvious choice, but I think the director might want to give Michael Fassbender some consideration.
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Back in February we learned that Darren Aronofsky had set his sights on directing a religious epic around the story of Noah and his famous ark. However, even with his impressive showing with Black Swan, landing some cash for the project was going to be a struggle. Never a man to follow the beaten path, Aronofsky took a unique approach to courting financiers and teamed up with artist Nico Henrichon to create a graphic novel of the story to aid his pitches.
The Robocop reboot has been waiting in the wings for someone to pick it up for quite a while now. Aronofsky was the first to show interest and he even finished a script, but along came the chance to make his passion project, Black Swan, and his involvement with the film slowly disintegrated as MGM’s finances crumbled. Slowly though the company got back on its feet and hired another director, Brazilian film maker Jose Padilha, and Robocop is well on its way to finding the big screen.
Before Christopher Nolan took over with Batman Begins the studio was figuring out a lot of ways to move on with Batman, and at one point had Darren Aronofsky working on an adaptation called Batman: Year One. At some point during that development back in 2001, Aronofsky turned to the person he knew who'd made a Batman movie and asked for some advice
The next question is who he'll get on board to star. It seems like he'd pretty much have his choice of anyone-- no more hiring actors like Mickey Rourke and Natalie Portman and asking them to work for pennies on a small-scale production. Rumor had it back in June that he wanted Christian Bale for it
Though he's been playing Batman since 2005, Christian Bale has not allowed himself to be identified solely by character. Though his performances as the Dark Knight have been incredibly memorable, Bale has also put on stellar performances in movies like The Prestige, 3:10 To Yuma and The Fighter in the time since (the last in the list giving him his first Academy Award).
We don’t care where Darren Aronoksky makes this epic retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. We just want him to get the project in the water, both physically and metaphorically speaking. So news that a major studio is nearing a deal to produce Aronofsky’s Black Swan follow up is promising.
Now that Darren Aronofsky has picked a Noah's Ark epic as his "go to hell, I can do whatever I want" follow-up to Black Swan, it's time to start making sure someone will actually pay for the movie
Basically, Aronofsky sees an opportunity to get a passion project made and he's not going to let the opportunity slip through his fingers. I am, however, wondering how he will treat some of the gaping holes in the original story, specifically how a flood was meant to kill all of the fish and birds in the world in addition to every other living creature.
There's no guarantee that Aronofsky would take either of these, or that the studios wouldn't ultimately give the job to somebody else. But it is interesting watching Aronofsky as he tries to pick his next project, given that he's in the incredibly rare position of having made his weird, tiny-budget passion project that
Fox Searchlight has to be pleasantly surprised at the numbers this dark Oscar winner set in the world of competitive ballet has posted. Aronofsky’s $12-million Black Swan just pirouetted past the $305 million mark thanks to a strong opening over the weekend in Japan
The article doesn't make mention of the project's tone, so I'm curious if this could be Aronofsky's first venture into comedy. While it could just as easily be a dystopian sci-fi horror movie, the concept is just silly enough that it could be worth a few laughs. Can't say that I'm not curious to know what Darren Aronofsky's version of humor is.
One of the biggest stories from this past weekend surrounded the amount of dancing Oscar winner Natalie Portman actually did in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Speaking to the press, Sarah Lane, who served as Portman's body double on the film, said that the actress only performed only about five percent of what actually ended up in the movie...
The difference between us was never more obvious than today, when Darren Aronofsky walked away from The Wolverine; Eric was despondent to hear that such a talented director wouldn't be tackling a superhero story, while Katey was thrilled that he'd be using his Black Swan clout to make a story that's entirely his own.
This morning we heard from one of our long-time scoopers (the same person who broke the news that Favreau was on the outs with Marvel months before he announced he would no longer be involved in directing Marvel films) with the inside track on what may have really happened between Aronofsky and Fox.
When it was first announced that Darren Aronofsky would be the man to direct the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, comic book fans everywhere cheered. After all, Aronofsky is a director backed by years and years of critical acclaim. He's simply one of the best directors working today.
There’s something to be said about a completely unpredictable director. Most find their wheelhouse and stick with it, but Aronofsky is content to flit about trying new things. I suspect many will question this decision, but his batting average is impressive enough to warrant the benefit of the doubt.
Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan has been one of the most talked about films of the past two years with good reason. Now, it’s nominated five Academy Awards including Best Picture so it will
Notable snubs include Joel and Ethan Coen, whose True Grit has been a surprise hit, Danny Boyle, whose 127 Hours seems to be losing steam lately, and Winter's Bone director Debra Granik
Usually we would say this wasn’t a smart move based on the high-level competition hitting that weekend--True Grit hits the same day, and Tron will be entering its second weekend--but the vacation week for students and families