Aronofsky has said Noah would be a retelling of the classic ark story on an epic fantasy scale. He reminds BloodyDisgusting just how large a character Noah is, given that he was the first environmentalist and the first man to get drunk:
"It’s the end of the world and it’s the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I’m not sure why any studio won’t want to make it…It’s a really cool project and 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,” he said. “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. Hopefully they’ll let me make it. Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It’s there in the Bible – it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character.”
Christian Bale has been eyed to play the lead, but the actor is playing hard to get with several suitors for post-Dark Knight Rises options. He's been linked to Spike Lee‘s Oldboy, Michael Mann‘s Gold and Clint Eastwood‘s A Star Is Born.
If Bale won't helm this $130 million ark, who could?