It has all the warning signs that come with a biblical epic, but Paramount and Regency have confirmed that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky‘s “close adaptation’ of the the story of Noah will be going ahead with Russell Crowe as a the guy in the title. Based on the Book of Genesis, written by a deity, it can be found in the best-selling volume The Bible. It’s public domain then.
Key information includes the confirmation of the casting of Russell Crowe, the March 2014 release date and that the movie will begin shooting this July in Iceland and New York. The film could go either way, but it will make for some fascinating production stories. Gather two of every film journalist, and bring it on!
From the press release:
Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions jointly announced today that Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe has been cast as Noah in Academy Award®-nominated director Darren Aronofsky’s feature film of the same name. Paramount will release the film on March 28, 2014.
Said Aronofsky, “I’d like to thank Paramount and Regency for backing my team’s work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day.”
NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO).
Scott Franklin and Aronofsky of Protozoa Pictures, along with Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment, will produce the film. The film will be executive produced by Ari Handel (BLACK SWAN), Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham (INCEPTION, ARGO).
The movie will begin shooting this July in Iceland and New York.