Could Russell Crowe follow up 2013’s Man of Steel with an epic of an even greater scale? Could the director of such neo-noire classics as Pi and Black Swan put a dark twist on a Biblical tale? In short, yes. The star of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is now in talks to conquer the seas as Noah, the Bible’s stereotypical drunk sailor archetype. Aronofsky’s take on the Genesis story, according to Variety magazine, will focus on Noah as “a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet.” Aronofsky is surely not too worried about public acceptance (just watch the ends of Requiem for a Dream and Pi), but this seemingly environmentalist view of the Noah epic is sure to upset a few Christians. It wouldn’t be the first time Aronofsky tackled religion. In The Fountain, Aronofsky urged accepting the inevitability of death, and touched on “Mayan, Biblical, Buddhist, Taoist and New Age iconography” according to ‘Sight & Sound’ journalist Michael Atkinson. However, this will be Aronofsky’s first epic studio production. Will it hurt his indie repertoire? I can only hope not! As an Aronofsky fan that has seen every feature-length production he has ever been associated with, I can’t mask my excitement about this Biblical tale. Calling it highly anticipated would be the understatement of the year. Noah‘s script is being helmed by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, who had his only writing credit on The Fountain, and was rewritten by John Logan, whose latest Oscar nomination for writing came for Hugo. And his first nomination? Crowe’s Gladiator. Coincidence? Technically, yes…but I think not.