In a press release, Aronofsky thanked 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.”
Crowe has finished filming cameos as Jor-El, Superman’s old man in the Zack Snyder reboot of the new Superman movie.
The filmmakers promise “a close adaptation of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark.” Let’s just hope it isn’t as appalling as the Steve Carrell film Evan Almighty, the sequel to Bruce Almighty.
The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and revised by John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo).
There have been many adaptations of the Noah’s Ark story both on the big screen and small with varying results, so it will be interesting to see if Aronofsky can bring anything new to the story.