Hannah Shaw Williams writes for Bleeding Cool:
Darren Aronofsky is something of a genius when it comes to making huge films on small budgets. His first feature Pi was made for only around $60,000, Requiem for a Dream cost less than $5 million to make, The Wrestler clocked in at $6 million and his latest masterpiece Black Swan had a still-modest budget of $12 million and managed to pull in over $300 million worldwide. With such an impeccable reputation behind him, Aronofsky's films have become a solid investment and he has acknowledged this by putting together a package for Noah, his planned biblical epic with a proposed budget of $130 million.
As you've probably guessed [and as we've already reported – Brendon], Noah tells the story of a certain guy and a certain ark in a certain flood. The script was originally penned by Aronofsky himself but is now being rewritten by John Logan, the screenwriter behind The Last Samurai, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the forthcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. According to Deadline, possible investors for Noah include Paramount Pictures, Summit Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.
The story was first adapted for the screen in 1928, but because health and safety hadn't been discovered yet three extras drowned and many more left the set with broken limbs. Among the surviving extras was John Wayne, for John Wayne needs no ark to survive a flood; he was buoyed by his own badassery.