Noah's Ark, one of the most well-known (and terrifying) stories in the Book of Genesis, is currently in development as a major Hollywood film. Director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") has been leading the charge to create the film, which Deadline is reporting will be an "edgy re-telling" with a $130 million budget. 

 

While some of the classic plot points from the original story will be kept (flooding, ark-building, animal pairs, etc.) Aronofsky has added a new ecological element to mix. According to Variety, Noah is a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants but has "become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet."

 

While Christian conservatives are likely to cry foul over any tampering with the biblical tale, Aronofsky himself simply sees a great story. “I don’t think it’s a very religious story," he said. "I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it’s a great story that’s never been on film. I want to make a big event film, and I think it can be that.”

 

As the title of this post conveys, Russell Crowe is currently being circled for the lead role of Noah. The 47-year-old, who is currently preparing to film scenes for "The Man of Steel," has been working out for the last year to get back into top shape

 

"There is a long way to go, one layer of tissue paper per day of effort and diet ... it takes a long time," he recently tweeted. 

 

When fans inquired whether Aronofsky was really eyeing him for "Noah," Crowe wrote "And I'm eyeing him right back ... whole lot of eyeing." 

 

According to reports, the film is expected to start filming in July in New York City and Iceland. 

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