Tuesday, 4 October 2011

News Worth Repeating: Aronofsky's 'Noah' and 'Arrested Development'

 In my very first post I promised to include the odd news update. I am still trying to figure out how to go about it without ending up fired from my day job. One option is to collect my favourite news items as I go and then do a weekly news update. But the danger here is that the news I give is old news. And old news is shit news. If this blog is to be read by many in the distant Utopian future, the news has to be at least semi-current. In other words, I'm still deciding. Suggestions welcome (see the box to the right of the screen).

In the mean time, I will post news on an ad hoc basis, when it is too good not to repeat. And today there are 2 such instances. Hit the jump to read more.

Darren Aronofsky's Noah seems to be a go!

This is a miracle, thank the maker, and excuse the biblical puns. Darren Aronofsky is one of my favourite directors, and Black Swan is my best movie of all time. So, when I read about Noah on Slashfilm the first time, I was pretty damn keen, and that was before I knew anything about it. The one feeling I had though was a sinking one - that projects like these don't often get the green light. Before I share the good news... here is a bit or two about Noah.

Noah is a $150 million epic based on the Noah's ark story. From the director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan. You heard me right. Excuse me while I shed a tear.

Over the past few years, Aronofsky has had the following to say about the project:

In an interview with the Guardian:  

"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."

In an interview with Slashfilm:

"It’s a great script and it’s HUGE. And we’re starting to feel out talent. And then we’ll probably try and set it up... Look… 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." 

"It’s a really cool project and 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."

Then, in an interview with Ropeofsilicon, Aronofsky intimated that they were going to do a graphic novel first. That is where the awesome pictures above and below are from. The artist is Nico Henrichon.

 So, I was crazy psyched based on the concept, especially the fact that they were using a graphic novel as the basis. From a visual perspective at least, graphic novels have led to awesome films. It's like a form of supercharged storyboarding. And in this case, they started with a great story, thus eliminating the once thing that is sometimes missing from a graphic novel.

In June, when news on Noah started picking up, Vulture reported that Christian Bale was in talks to play the titular character. Oh my, now that would be fantastic! This was not confirmed at the time, and still hasn't been confirmed.

But I still had the worry about the money. You know, the studios are scrooges when it comes to risky, R-Rated projects (the first film that comes to mind is Guillermo Del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness).

But now, Variety has reported that: Paramount Pictures and New Regency have partnered on a deal to make the biblical epic "Noah." In other words, the money is on the table. Aronofsky is quoted in the press release as saying "Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family's journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It's my hope that I can present a window into Noah's passion and perseverance for the silver screen."

 That's that. It has all the ingredients to get me psyched. Let's hold thumbs for Bale.

It's gonna be biblical.

Arrested Development Movies and Miniseries... happening?

 I ranted on forever on the above story when the intention was honourable: a brief news update. So now I cannot rant on this one.

Arrested Development is one of my favourite series' of all time. It's a shame it was cancelled after 3 seasons, and so much has been written about it, to repeat anything here would not do justice to the plight of the Bluths.

Anyway, the word is out that they are making a 10 episode miniseries, as well as a movie. This is after years of speculation and broken promises regarding the Arrested Development movie. However, this time Mitch Hurwitz announced it and Jason Batemen and Will Arnett tweeted it. And the media is positive in general. I am skeptical though, like Ropefosilicon. Let's hope for the best, and also that this is the plot of the movie as it was rumoured to be:

Ron Howard is making a movie about the Bluths using an A-List cast. But Dr. Tobias plays himself because nobody wants to play him in the movie. The Bluths decide to make their own movie in contention with Ron Howard’s.

Loving it!

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