While still hard at work promoting his upcoming biblical epic Noah, director Darren Aronofsky has just signed a three year first-look deal with New Regency and has also signed a TV deal with HBO. Aronofsky has some history with New Regency as they have already backed Noah and one of his earlier films – The Fountain.
I’ve got to say I’m a little surprised that New Regency was quick to pull the trigger with Aronofsky. If it had been me I probably would’ve waited to see how Noah does at the box office first. Aronofsky’s name hadn’t really been considered a viable box office draw until the success of Black Swan in 2010.
Of course, it helped that Black Swan was produced for the relatively paltry sum $13 million but the reported budget for Noah is ten times that. Noah is the first real big budget film he has directed and it has yet to be seen if he can make a successful blockbuster. Also, New Regency backed Aronofsky in the past with The Fountain, and it ended up being the biggest flop of his career (so far) so I’m a little puzzled about the studio’s willingness to work with him again.
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