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Darren Aronofsky Adapting Futuristic ‘MaddAddam’ Book Trilogy As HBO Series

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 2:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

aronofskyEXCLUSIVE: HBO has put in development drama series MaddAddam, executive produced by Oscar-nominated Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner. The project, based on Margaret Atwood’s book hbologo3trilogy Oryx and Crake (2003), Year Of The Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013), is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Aronofsky. MaddAddam marks the first project to come out of the three-year first-look deal the filmmaker and his Protozoa Pictures inked with HBO in January.

maddaddam1The story in the MaddAddam books, part of Atwood’s self-described genre of “speculative fiction,” is set in the mid-21st century in a world where corporations have taken over for governments and the genetic modification of organisms is perversely ubiquitous. It centers on the events before and after a Waterless Flood that wipes out almost all of the world’s population and follows an extensive cast of characters, including those responsible for the apocalypse and those struggling to survive it. Producer Brandi-Ann Milbradt, who is engaged to Aronofsky, brought the project to Protozoa and will serve as executive producer alongside Aronofsky and his longtime collaborator, Protozoa Pictures president Ari Handel. Atwood serves as consulting producer. Aronofsky and his team are currently meeting with writers. Read More »

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‘Noah’ Crosses $300M In Global Box Office

cinemaworldSince bowing in Korea and Mexico in late March, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah has continued to draw strong numbers overseas. As of Sunday, it had an international cume of $197.4M, and a North American haul of $93M. Paramount and Regency Enterprises today say the biblical epic rose to $207M internationally, and $93.8M domestic through Monday, pushing its worldwide cume to $300.8M. Noah was No. 9 at the North American box noah-posteroffice this weekend with $5M at 2,537 theaters. It was No. 5 on the international chart after adding $21.6M from 6,092 runs in 56 markets. The film faced its share of controversy prior to opening, and was even banned in most of the Arab world. Nevertheless, it has hit several milestones in the course of its voyage. Domestically, its opening weekend cume of $44M was the biggest ever U.S. debut for star Russell Crowe. Overseas, the film’s releases in Russia and Brazil became the biggest ever for a non-sequel, and were the 4‎th biggest openings of all time, with $17.2M and $9.8M, respectively. The Russia bow was also Paramount’s best ever in the territory. To date, the movie has earned $32.8M in the fast-burn market. In Brazil, where Noah is at No. 2, it’s the highest grossing Paramount Pictures International release of all time with $23.4M … Read More »

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‘Noah’ Vatican Mystery Solved! Russell Crowe And Darren Aronofsky Meet Pope Francis

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 4:51am PDT
Mike Fleming

noahmovieThe trades got into it this week with Variety floating the boat that Noah star Russell Crowe‘s attempt to meet Pope Francis was spurned by the Vatican, while THR refuted that was ever real because of the feeling Crowe’s stardom would attract too much attention. So what’s the truth? Deadline has learned that Noah star Crowe, director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount executive Rob Moore did in fact get to meet Pope Francis today, after the Vatican extended an olive branch and hosted the trio in the official VIP section of this morning’s Udienza.

popeI think the studio was a little coy earlier in the week. This was something that Aronofsky wanted to do after he’d just made this Biblical epic. He was going to be near Rome promoting it, and has been moved by the Pope’s message of tolerance, feeding the poor and preserving the planet. But they didn’t want it to seem they were after some cheesy photo op to promote a Biblical movie. I’d heard those same rumors and called Monday, but I guess I’m glad I waited to see what would actually happen. Aronofsky was certainly moved by the experience. Read More »

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Paramount Harangues Variety Story That Soaks ‘Noah’ Using Vague Poll

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 3:19pm PST
Mike Fleming

hAfter coming off a year in which its World War Z was touted to be about the worst movie ever until it turned out to be a worthy edge-of-the-seat summer hit, Paramount Pictures isn’t sitting by while the tide rises on bad buzz involving Noah, its biblical epic that Darren Aronofsky directed with Russell Crowe starring. Our sister publication Variety bannered a story titled “Survey: Faith-Driven Consumers Dissatisfied With ‘Noah,’ Hollywood Religious Pics”, which cited a general poll by something called Faith Driven Consumer. While a movie like Noah will need a faith-based crowd in order to be a hit, this story sits on a slippery slope in that no one surveyed has seen the movie, and while the story says 98% of those surveyed were not “satisfied” with Hollywood’s take on religious stories, it doesn’t appear they were even asked specifically about Noah. I’ve heard the rumors that Noah was a tough shoot, and I have no idea whether it is any good or not. About all we know is that co-financier New Regency staked Aronofsky to a long-term deal after the movie wrapped, and that Aronofsky turned down a lot of big jobs after Black Swan specifically because this movie was burning in him. Why a flimsy survey was used as a club to wallop Noah probably comes down to a desire to stir up traffic (which it certainly did). From here, it looks like Paramount has a right to gripe. Here is Paramount’s highly unusual rebuttal to the Variety story:
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Super Bowl Ad: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 5:12pm PST

Russell Crowe stars as the biblical hero in Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, which will make an appearance during the Super Bowl nearly two months before it hits theaters. Word is the pic from the Black Swan helmer isn’t your grandpa’s kind of Bible study (or even Mark Burnett’s) but a dark, existential take on the Ark saga. Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone co-star. Paramount releases the epic on March 28. Check out the 30-second Super Bowl spot:

Related: Super Bowl Ad: Summit’s ‘Draft Day’

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Darren Aronofsky Makes New Regency His Film Home; Will Hatch TV Projects For HBO

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 10:15am PST
Mike Fleming

aronEXCLUSIVE: Fresh from completing the Biblical epic Noah with Russell Crowe, Darren Aronofsky has set his Protozoa Pictures to new three-year first look deals to develop film and TV projects. Aronofsky has made a feature deal with New Regency, which backed his film The Fountain as well as Noah. Aronofsky has set his first ever TV deal with HBO, where Protozoa will develop material for Aronofsky to direct and for the company to produce.

new-regency-logoNoah, which New Regency made in partnership with Paramount Pictures, will be released March 28. This marks the second major talent deal made by Arnon Milchan’s financier/production company under Brad Weston, after Brad Pitt last month moved his Plan B producing banner from Paramount and into a 3-year deal hbo45with New Regency (which co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave) and RatPac partners James Packer and Brett Ratner. Noah was Aronofsky’s first film since he helmed the sleeper blockbuster Black Swan. The deal was confirmed for Deadline and Aronofsky issued this statement: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 8:49am PST

Russell Crowe stars as the Biblical ark builder in the Darren Aronofsky directed Noah. Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, and Logan Lerman also star. Paramount releases the pic on March 28, 2014. Check out the new trailer:

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Darren Aronofsky In Talks For Fox Espionage Tale ‘Red Sparrow’

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Back on dry ground after helming the Biblical film Noah, Darren Aronofsky is looking for what’s next. I’d been hearing rumblings he is interested in a George Washington project, but here’s a fresh deal in the works. Aronofsky is in early talks to develop to direct Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the Jason Matthews espionage novel. 20th Century Fox bought the book in a 7-figure deal after a spirited bidding battle involving multiple studios back in April for Film Rites‘ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch to produce with Chernin Entertainment. The book was published in June by Scribner.
The book is set in contemporary Russia, and state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade craft, deception, and inevitably, a sexual attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. Dominika winds up seeking revenge against her soulless masters, and living a fatal double life after she is recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington. She also hunts down a Russian illegal … Read More »

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‘Bullhead’ Helmer Michael R. Roskam To Helm ‘The Tiger’ For Focus Features

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Michael R. Roskam, who got a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nomination last year for his Belgian film Bullhead, has been set by Focus Features to make his Hollywood feature helming debut with The Tiger, a drama based on the John Vaillant book that was adapted by Babel scribe Guillermo Arriaga.

This film was set up originally as a directing vehicle for Darren Aronofsky, who stepped off the project to direct the Russell Crowe-starrer Noah. Brad Pitt produces with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B and Aronofsky is producing with Protozoa cohorts Mark Heyman and Ari Handel. The book was published last year by the Random House imprint Knopf, and it is a co-production between Focus and Random House Productions. The film is a fact-based story that takes place on the Siberian plain, where humans encroach on a tiger’s habitat with tragic results. There is a great male lead role of an animal activist and researcher who must stop a man-eating tiger that is attacking the inhabitants of a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, and the team that tracks him know their nemesis is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous.

It becomes the second significant project in Hollywood for Roskam, who … Read More »

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Darren Aronofsky Tweets Photo From ‘Noah’

By | Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 4:33pm PDT

Director Darren Aronofsky tweeted this picture from the location of Noah “I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it’s a reality. Genesis 6:14″:

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Anthony Hopkins Joins ‘Noah’

By | Monday July 9, 2012 @ 6:29pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Noah Movie Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins has signed on to play Methusaleh in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. He joins Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, and Douglas Booth. Aronofsky tweeted the hire earlier today. The film is backed by Paramount Pictures and New Regency.

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TOLDJA! Jennifer Connelly In Talks To Re-Team With Russell Crowe In ‘Noah’

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 3:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Jennifer Connelly NoahDeadline three times has mentioned Jennifer Connelly as being the frontrunner to re-team with A Beautiful Mind‘s Russell Crowe and play his wife in Noah, the Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic that also will star Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth. Sure enough, now reports are surfacing that she’ll play the role. I’m not sure how much competition she had since the first time Deadline reported it on June 4. She was the only name we heard being taken seriously.

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Ray Winstone Gets Villain Offer In ‘Noah’

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 5:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Ray Winstone NoahEXCLUSIVE: Ray Winstone has been offered the role of Noah’s nemesis in the Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic Noah. Negotiations are underway for Winstone to go mano a mano against Russell Crowe in the film, which also stars Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Emma Watson. I’m told that Aronofsky considered a number of actors — Val Kilmer was among them — but wanted a thesp with the grit and size to be convincing as he goes head to head against Crowe’s Noah character. And here I thought Noah’s main nemesis was bad weather. I expect this deal will work out. It’s a big job for Winstone, who’s coming off Snow White And The Huntsman and Hugo. Winstone has shown his macho chops though in films that include 44 Inch Chest, Sexy Beast and The Departed. Still to be cast by Aronofsky is Noah’s wife. I’d heard that Jennifer Connelly was among those being considered — she and Crowe starred together in A Beautiful Mind – but nothing has been decided. Noah is being co-financed by Paramount and New Regency. Winstone is repped by ICM Partners.

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Emma Watson In Talks To Board Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical Epic ‘Noah’

By | Thursday June 7, 2012 @ 4:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Emma Watson is in talks to join Darren Aronofsky’s cast of Noah, which stars Russell Crowe as the Biblical ark builder. Watson is in discussions to play Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Still to be cast is Noah’s wife–Jennifer Connelly is one of the actresses in contention–and Noah’s nemesis. The film’s being co-financed by Paramount and New Regency.

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Douglas Booth And Logan Lerman Board Boat For ‘Noah’

By | Monday June 4, 2012 @ 4:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Darren Aronofsky is casting up the main roles for Noah, the Biblical epic that stars Russell Crowe. I’m told Aronofsky has set Douglas Booth to play Noah’s son Shem. Noah’s older son, Ham, will be played by Logan Lerman. Still to be cast is Noah’s wife — word is that Jennifer Connelly is among the actresses in the mix for that role (she starred with Crowe in A Beautiful Mind) — as well as Noah’s nemesis in the film. Early on there were whispers that Liam Neeson might play that role, but that’s not happening. There is also a great role for a young actress, the love interest for Noah’s oldest son. The film’s being co-financed by Paramount and New Regency and is Aronofsky’s follow-up to Black Swan.

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TOLDJA! Russell Crowe Plays Biblical Boat Builder In Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

By | Sunday April 22, 2012 @ 3:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Deadline was the first to reveal that Russell Crowe was Darren Aronofsky’s choice to star in Noah, the coproduction between Paramount Pictures and New Regency. The partners just announced his closed deal. Deadline also reported that Liam Neeson was circling the other major lead. We’ll have to see if that one sticks. Here’s the announcement:

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

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Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Has Release Date

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 2:17pm PDT

Noah Movie Release DateParamount and Regency Noah MovieParamount Pictures and New Regency have announced a March 28, 2014 release date for Noah. The film is directed by Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky. Russell Crowe, as Deadline first reported, will star as the Biblical builder of the Great Ark. The film reunites the Oscar winning actor with New Regency, which made LA Confidential with Crowe back in 1997, and with writer John Logan, who penned 2000’s Gladiator. After initial work by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, Logan rewrote the Noah script.

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Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Launching Finally With Russell Crowe Set For Biblical Star

By and | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 6:26pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: We’ve learned the deals are done for this big-ticket New Regency/Paramount co-production Noah which Deadline has been scooping first Russell Crowe Noah Moviefor nearly a year now. A formal announcement should come this next week. The once hoped-for spring start is now July, sources say. Russell Crowe is set to float the boat as Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s edgy Biblical re-telling of Noah’s Ark. At one point Christian Bale coming off The Dark Knight Rises was Aronofsky’s choice for the title character. But the dates didn’t work because Bale was committed to doing the Terrence Malick-directed Lawless and Knight Of Cups being made back to back. It took several more months for Aronofsky to fix on Crowe which is great casting since he’s one of those larger than life actors able to take on such an iconic role. Crowe also teams up again with familiar names: Arnon Milchan’s New Regency which made L.A. Confidential, and Gladiator scribe John Logan who rewrote the Noah script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Aronofsky and Logan are repped by CAA which was steering the project, and Crowe is repped by WME.

This is Aronofsky’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated smash Black Swan. Noah now joins a bevy of Biblical films including Steve Spielberg’s gritty Moses re-telling for Warner Bros. (Interestingly, Aronofsky briefly flirted with helming Exodus, a Fox/Chernin Entertainment-produced telling of the story of Moses.) ”Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his … Read More »

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Does Russell Crowe Float Your Boat As Noah In Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical Film?

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 7:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Darren Aronofsky is ready to set sail on Noah, the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. I’m hearing that the Black Swan director wants Russell Crowe to play the title role in the New Regency/Paramount film. I can’t tell you that this is all going to lead to a deal but signs are pointing that way. I have also heard Aronofsky wants The Grey star Liam Neeson for another role. It all starts with Noah, though and it’s nice to see Crowe, one of those larger than life actors, entertaining the prospect of taking on such an iconic role. From Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, The Insider and on down, few actors match his intensity and talent. Gladiator scribe John Logan rewrote the script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and Aronofsky and Scott Franklin are producing with Mary Parent. Crowe is repped by WME.

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