Late last week we learned that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah had finally been given a release date of March 28th, 2014, with Russell Crowe already confirmed for the lead role. Now this week Paramount is looking at potentially teaming up with Aronofsky again for another period biopic, this time one that is slightly less epic in scale. According to Variety, they are in talks to acquire The General, a movie about George Washington written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted). Aronofsky is already attached to produce and direct, so if the project gets a greenlight it could quickly become his follow-up to Noah.
Full plot details for The General are not yet being made available, but the movie is said to be “more of an Unforgiven-like tale rather than a straight historical drama.” As long as George Washington doesn’t also hunt zombies or vampires, I think I will definitely be on board for such a film. The only question mark is the screenwriters, who seem to have a lot of experience in low brow comedies, but also recently wrote a Moby Dick film and the Spielberg’s upcoming Moses movie Gods and Kings.
The movie is just one of many films that Aronofsky has on his plate. The Judy Garland biopic Get Happy starring Anne Hathaway is supposedly the strongest contender for his next film, but he also has Jackie, Human Nature and Machine Man in development. Are you interested in an Unforgiven-esque George Washington biopic? Which of Aronofsky’s upcoming projects are you most looking forward to?