Although Noah proved to be Darren Aronofsky’s highest grossing movie to date, it was also his most expensive production ($125 million), and a lot of people have been wondering if he would continue down this route for his next film or go back to something smaller. Last year we heard that he would be heading to television to adapt Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy for HBO, but nothing concrete had been announced for the big screen. He has kept busy as a producer on a handful of films, but now this week we have a report that he may have signed on for a relatively high-profile studio biopic about legendary stuntman Evel Knievel. Will this be his next project as a director?
According to The Tracking Board, Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct Evel Knievel for Sony Pictures, a previously announced biopic starring Channing Tatum. He would replace Peter Berg (Battleship, Lone Survivor) who supposedly signed on back in April but has since dropped out for unknown reasons. The script was originally written by Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin with the latest draft by Scott Silver (The Fighter, 8 Mile).
Aronofsky may seem like a surprising choice for the project but Tatum has been wanting to work with him for a while, having previously offered him a chance to direct the Gambit movie. Aronofsky’s 2008 film The Wrestler also seems like an appropriate point of comparison since it focused on a main character with a broken body who was driven to continually put himself in harm’s way regardless of the risk. Either way, if this news is true, it is certainly a step up from Peter Berg. Are you excited to see an Evel Knievel biopic directed by Darren Aronofsky?