With the heavy acclaimed garnered by his film The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke, at this past week’s Toronto Film Festival, it seems as if everyone was vying for a chance to talk to Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky. In addition to having what appears to be 2008’s hottest independent up-and-comer, Aronofsky also seems to have two of the most interesting upcoming projects as well.
Up first, Aronofsky has the reboot of RoboCop slated for a 2010 release. When asked about it by MTV Movies Blog, Aronofsky was very cryptic, saying that they are still waiting on a screenplay, but that they are “deep in it.” We can only assume that it is in active development, as the film’s producers have promised the film to be on a grand scale with a hard R-rating. Aronofsky was also grilled on the setting of the film, saying that it would not be somewhere that was recognizable to audiences. This is to infer that it might take place in an ambiguous city of the future, rather than a real life location, such as Detroit where the original series took place.
Aronofsky also talked to the Peter Sciretta over at /Film in Toronto about another upcoming project, entitled Noah. This religious epic would tell the tale of the boat which Aronofsky calls the second most famous ship in history, Noah’s Ark. It appears that this is one of Aronofsky’s passion projects, as he certainly has a very interesting take on the story he’d like to tell:
“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. 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.”
The last part though, where he says “Hopefully they’ll let me make it,” is where the entire story around Noah sort of stalls, as it is not currently attached to a studio. Aronofsky did complete a script with friend Ari Hanel, though, one that he describes as “huge.” At this point, according to Aronofsky they are currently starting to feel out some talent and get the project off the ground.
That said, Aronofsky is also expected to begin filming The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and Brad Pitt sometime this fall, which is a boxing biopic. Beyond that he appears to have a full slate through 2011. It will be interesting to see where he squeezes Noah in.
Which project of Aronofsky’s interests you more, RoboCop or Noah?