Based on Jason Matthews’ female-led novel about contemporary Russian and American spies.
First Look: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’
With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone and Logan Lerman.
Word has surfaced that Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky is shopping an edgy retelling of Noah’s Ark entitled “Noah” around Hollywood. Aronofsky wrote the script for the film, which is described as a fantasy epic, with John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) said to be performing rewrites. Aronofksy is allegedly looking for $130 million to finance the film - a big step up from the $12 million used to produce Black Swan.
This would be Aronofsky’s first film since his mega-successful Black Swan, which was nominated for five Academy Awards and grossed over $315 million worldwide. Aronofsky had been slated to direct The Wolverine, but dropped out.
Two months after Darren Aronofsky announced that he wouldn’t be making The Wolverine, Vulture has learned that the Black Swan director has set his sights on a new film: a fifteen-year-old original sci-fi spec script called Human Nature by a little-known screenwriter named Jeff Welch. We hear that George Clooney is attaching himself to star as a man who is cryogenically frozen and wakes up years later to a world in which humans have become pets of another species. Insiders tell us that Warner Bros.–based producer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) is currently budgeting the movie, but if things go to plan, this would likely be Aronofsky’s next project.
Kind of Planet of The Apes-y. Also kind of bonkers.
Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 75% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman.
And to be clear Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe. That is completely her without any digital magic. I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.
|—||Darren Aronofsky defends Natalie Portman, after her dance double claimed that Portman appeared in only “5 percent” of the movie’s full-body dance shots. (via entertainmentweekly)|