"Ambitious" is a good term for Darren Aronofsky's latest passion project, Noah - a retelling of the Noah's Ark story that the Black Swan filmmaker promises will be closer to the adult tone of the Biblical tale in its original form. Seeing how the project is expected to cost around $130 million, it's of little surprise to hear that Aronofsky has yet to secure proper studio backing for the cinematic venture.
Enter rumors that Aronofsky has approached an Academy Award-winning bankable actor (in the form of Christian Bale) to portray Noah in his film - and thus help secure the big-budget religious epic the funding it needs to move forward.
As Vulture mentions in its scoop, Noah is already set up at 20th Century Fox's New Regency arm; however, the mini-studio cannot cover the $100 million-plus cost alone. Hence why having Bale in the title role could convince interested parties like Paramount, Summit, and Fox to co-finance the project and get it moving forward.
Here is what Aronofsky has said before, with regards to his interest in the Noah's Ark story:
“I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character... He’s a dark, complicated character.”
For an early look at Aronofsky's Noah graphic novel, check out the trailer below:
Having Bale play your leading man is always a plus, especially when the movie in question is a dark and complex character-oriented drama like Noah. Besides being a fitting powerhouse actor to portray the man ordered by God to preserve the human race (and most every other life form on Earth) in the wake of the apocalypse, Bale even looks a bit like Noah in Aronofsky's upcoming comic book - when he has long hair and a beard, that is.
The casting of Bale would not automatically make Noah a go-picture, since his involvement doesn't guarantee great returns at the box office - at least, when the project in question isn't part of an established franchise like Batman or Terminator. However, between Aronofsky now being a bigger name thanks to the success of Black Swan, and Bale's increasingly hot status in the wake of his Oscar win for The Fighter and The Dark Knight Rises on the horizon - studios would definitely be more willing to invest in the destined-for-controversy Noah with both these gentlemen onboard.
We'll keep you posted on the status of Noah as more information is released.