Some time ago, word reached the internet of a Darren Aronofsky comicbook. Legend had it the Black Swan director was harvesting a movie idea that failed to get off the ground and planned to re-launch it as a comicbook first, in the hope that it might build momentum to his feature film. Unsurprisingly, many reported without any evidence to go on (and some to the contrary) that it was Batman, which the director had been committed to before Christopher Nolan stepped in.
There were two major problems with that. Aronofsky’s Batman was already a comic. His intention was to adapt Frank Miller’s Year One story, just a drop in the bucket of Miller/Aronofsky collaborations that never got off the ground, finally culminating with The Wolverine. That would also mean DC Comics supporting him in some kind of quest to regain the Batman franchise at the same time as he’s carrying the Marvel Comics flag.
Further, he suggested this was a deeply personal project which he had failed to secure financing for. This made it sound a lot more like the comics for Pi and The Fountain that preceded those risky films. Bleedingcool has now revealed just how crazy this man is.
Mother of God, it’s The Fountain all over again. After all the drama that came with his forming a plan on the scale of 2001: A Space Odyssey and then seeing the film’s budget and script length cut in half, resulting in a somewhat spastic and incoherent final product, Darren Aronofsky actually desires to repeat that process. It somehow remains his ambition to convince the powers of Hollywood to back him with a budget capable of purchasing Noah’s Ark and launching it into outer space.
“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.”
Noah will no doubt prove to be an interesting comic, but if it doesn’t remain on the page it might result in another brilliant idea that, once filtered through a studio, turns audiences against the visionary. After seeing these teaser photos, I pray for the health of one of my all-time favorite directors who, if the idea sells, will embark on a mission that Noah himself wouldn’t have the balls to.