Darren Aronofsky to direct biblical epic ‘Noah’

'Black Swan' director lined up to bring Ark to the big screen

Darren Aronofsky‘s next film will be a biblical epic, a big-screen retelling of Noah’s tale.

Aronofsky, whose previous films include The Wrestler, Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream and Pi, has long talked of a potential film about the Noah and the Ark bible story, but now Paramount and New Regency Productions are behind the project, it looks to be going ahead.

“Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey,” said Aronofsky, who won a school competition with a poem he wrote about Noah when he was 13.

“The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.”

As far back as 2007, Aronofsky is recorded saying he’d like to make a film about Noah, who, according to the bible story, saved seven pairs of each clean animal on earth.

“Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk,” he added. “He’s a dark, complicated character.”

The Fountain writer Ari Handel on board, as is Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) who will rewrite the script.

It is not yet known when filming might begin.