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Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Finally Sets Sail

The biblical passion project from the director of Black Swan goes into production with Russell Crowe in the lead.

 

We're not sure where psychosis, body horror and drug addiction will fit into it, but Darren Aronofksy is finally getting his biblical adaptation Noah out of the harbor. Comic book fans may be interested to know that this project is a big part of the reason why the Requiem for a Dream director dropped out of The Wolverine last year. Aronofsky has been prepping the epic for months now, initially hoping to cast Christian Bale in the lead role, but finally settled on Russell Crowe (oh yes, that's what we call "settling" at Aronofsky's level) to play the title character. Deadline reports that production is scheduled to begin in July.

Despite the obvious story that the story of faith and cuddly animals is a departure for Aronofsky, who needless to say is famous for significantly darker films, it also marks the first time Hollywood has touched the story since Tom Shadyac's 2007 comedy Evan Almighty, which cost an incredible $175 million, opened to poor reviews and failed to break even in theaters. After the wild success of The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood was looking into tapping the Christian market for blockbusters, but the notion hit a wall after Evan Almighty's failure. Aronofsky is an acclaimed filmmaker, but Black Swan was the first film of his to become a bona fide box office smash, albeit over an extended period of time, bolstered by its Academy Awards consideration.

The real question, of course, is whether or not Noah will be any good. Aronofsky's films sometimes have a polarizing effect on audiences, particularly his similarly ambitious The Fountain, making this seem like a risky but highly intriguing project for the director whose mustache – for what it's worth – still reminds us all of a 1970s porn star.

CraveOnline will be back with more Noah news after we put all the floppy-eared animals on the side of the boat.