Darren Aronofsky, director of Pi (1998; my review), Requiem for a Dream (2000; my review) and the upcoming The Fountain, tells CHUD.com that he wants to make a Bible epic next:
The new thing is even more exciting, and I’ll give you an exclusive. I’m not going to tell you exactly what it is, but…it’s a biblical epic.
(laughs) In English!
What led you to that?
It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Before Pi. Probably ten years ago, I had an idea. Actually, I wrote a poem about it when I was in 7th grade. I won this award for it — my first writing award. So it’s a story from the Bible that kind of stuck with me. About ten years ago I was at a museum that featured an exhibit that reminded me of it. So we’ve been trying to crack it for a while, and we finally figured out a direction. But…I can’t tell you any more.
I would be very interested in seeing Aronofsky tackle a Bible story — any Bible story. Then again, considering how long it took for The Fountain to get made, I won’t be holding my breath — not yet.