Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah has had its fair share of ups and downs, losing leads and one point almost losing its studio. Over the past few months it has really settled down its production development and it looks like the result is the casting of a huge star in the lead and another huge star is around the corner to play the other major role.
Over at Deadline, they just announced the signing of Russell Crowe to play the lead and title character in this biblical epic that is now on its way to becoming a major blockbuster. It is also being reported that Liam Neeson is in talks to play the other major lead.
Considering there are no details about the movie outside of what we know of the biblical story, let’s just that these two in the same movie is pretty awesome.
Oh Look! A Press Release:
HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 22, 2012) – Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions jointly announced today that Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe has been cast as Noah in Academy Award®-nominated director Darren Aronofsky’s feature film of the same name. Paramount will release the film on March 28, 2014.
Said Aronofsky, “I’d like to thank Paramount and Regency for backing my team’s work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day.”
NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO).
Scott Franklin and Aronofsky of Protozoa Pictures, along with Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment, will produce the film. The film will be executive produced by Ari Handel (BLACK SWAN), Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham (INCEPTION, ARGO).
The movie will begin shooting this July in Iceland and New York.
Crowe is repped by WME.
This movie could have been a disaster. However, first time writer and director William Eubank has turned out a masterful and ambitious film while being saddled with a rather (by Hollywood standards) small budget.
It starts on the eve of a US Civil War battle, one where the commanding officer is convinced the battle will be lost for his side. He calls forth one solider to go and be witness to, well, he doesn’t say exactly. The soldier, following orders, does as is instructed and just as we are to discover what it is he is to bear witness to, we are shifted to the future just before the reveal.
That future is a lone astronaut (Gunner Wright) on the International Space Station. That he is alone causes little concern as we watch him go through his daily routine, waking, shaving, exercising, working, and all of the elements that make up his day. No concern at all until a strange message proceeds the night side of the Earth going dark. Slowly it dawns on him that no one is going to respond, no one is going to get him back to the earth. He also begins to slowly create a new reality around himself, descending into a mild insanity of sorts.
And then finally, something indescribable occurs.
The point of the film is also its title. It is an exploration of the human condition and what contact with other human means. How long can one go without love, without those very bonds that bind us as families, friends, cities, and societies? The filmmaker isn’t as bold as to pretend to have the answers to these questions. Rather, he presents the questions in such a way as to make the viewer consider get there for themselves.
Taking on the task of carrying the film almost entirely alone, Gunner Wright does a fantastic job of conveying a wide range of emotions with only the simplest of props with which to play off of. No doubt many will feel the urge to compare this film to Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001 – A Space Odyssey as it too asked much of the viewer in the same manner. Personally, I think that is where the comparisons end as Love takes a much different approach giving a clearer understanding to the viewer what is being asked of them.
Visually this is a stunning, beautiful movie, very much reminiscent of the style used in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain“. Crisp lines, rich colors, soft lighting envelop the story itself providing a texture that enhances the narrative. Coupled with a sparse, but poignant soundtrack, the overall effect matches perfectly with the action.
It is truly an audio and video delight.
This is the type of film that begs to be seen by both a large audience and on a large screen.
Science Fiction fans will at once be drawn to the story, the visuals, the concepts and the vision. However, in the end, I think the general public will want to see this film for themselves.
Love will delight, question and encourage viewers to think and it should definitely be seen by a much larger audience than it has to this point.
Not sure how much interest I have this film after Darren Aronofsky bailed on the directors gig a little while back. It seems that they are moving forward with it as during Comic-Con, Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman confirmed who the villian is going to be.
Looks like Wolverine is going up against the Silver Samurai. In the right hands, this actually could be quite fantastic as the Silver Samurai is capable of kicking some serious ass with his unique abilities. However, after the mess that was the first one, that is no longer a sure with 20th Century Fox at the helm of this particular franchise.
Filming is supposed to start in October however I am reserving judgement of the film until we got ourselves a new director attached to the project.
source - Superhero Hype.
First off, there is no connection between this trailer and the upcoming Darren Aronofsky directed sequel to X-Men Origins:Wolverine. Considering that not frame has been shot, the fan-made trailer below is just that much more awesome.
There is a big part of me that really wished it was a part of the film because as a fan, this is incredible.
Basically, a music video producer by the name of Gary Shore cut together animated photo-based storyboards showing his version of Wolverine‘s encounter with the ninja clan The Hand. It is based on the early Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller where Logan is dealing with family issues and ninja while in Japan.
If only the first film was half as cool as this trailer.
source - /Film.
Natalie Portman is crafting a pretty fantastic career. And why not? She is probably one of the finest actor‘s of our generation. Black Swan was good and will get her the Oscar she so rightfully deserves. What it will also do is bring out some of the other films that have been sitting in limbo that she is clearly better in.
The Other Woman is a perfect example of that. With Black Swan, it was Aronofsky and his camera work and how Natalie Portman fit into that. With The Other Woman, it is all about how great of a nuanced performance Portman can deliver.
Here’s hoping the trailer is not better than the film.