Last we heard, Darren Aronofsky was planning a biblical follow-up to the 2006 financially-unsuccessful cult film The Fountain. We now know that the plot involves the extinction of mankind and more importantly Noah and his life-preserving Ark.
“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,” Aronofsky told the Guardian. “The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it. To find that funny, or to find Paris Hilton’s partying interesting, is beyond nauseating. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with comedy. My goal, though, is to give people something they can appreciate for a long time.” He smiles before making his first insincere remark: “I haven’t yet been able to pump out a teen drama. But I really do hope to one day.”
The idea originated ten years ago, even before Pi, when Aronofsky saw a museum exhibit. The director’s fascination with Noah stretches much further, back to when he was only 13-years-old. Aronofsky won a United Nations poetry competition at his Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn school. The poem was about the end of the world as seen through Noah’s eyes. But it wasn’t until creative differences split The Fountain star Brad Pitt weeks before shooting that Aronofsky first dabbled with the Noah story in screenplay form. Several drafts later, the non-traditional english language biblical epic is starting to come together. But the question is, will Aronofsky be able to secure funding? We hope so.