Darren Aronofksy has approached Christian Bale to star in his planned $130m (£79m) retelling of the story of Noah’s ark, according to the Vulture blog.
The US director is currently shopping his ambitious epic fantasy around studios and has been attracting a degree of interest thanks to the success of his last film, Black Swan, which won an Oscar for Natalie Portman and wound up a worldwide box office smash, taking more than $300m despite a meagre $12m budget. Attracting Bale to the project would no doubt help him convince the Hollywood money men to back it: the Welsh-born actor has achieved both critical and commercial success over the past couple of years and even has a 2011 best supporting actor Oscar on his mantelpiece for David O Russell’s The Fighter.
Aronofsky’s project is currently being backed by Twentieth Century Fox offshoot New Regency, but its mammoth budget means the film-maker is courting another studio to come on board. Fox itself, Paramount and Summit are said to be interested.
The last notable film of the story of Noah to make it to cinemas came in 1928, though an animated film, Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning, is scheduled for release sometime this year. Elements of the fable were borrowed for 2007’s Evan Almighty, the poorly received follow-up to the 2003 Jim Carrey comedy Bruce Almighty.
The Noah story, which appears in both the Bible and the Qur’an, tells the tale of a man who is told by God to load two of every animal and a few members of his family on to an ark in order to survive the coming great deluge.
Source: Guardian UK