So Darren Aronofsky just made it through directing the greatest flood in history, an ark full of animals, and Russell Crowe. What next? How about a nice, quiet spy novel set in landlocked Russia? According to Deadline, Aronofsky is in talks to direct “Red Sparrow,” by Jason Aronofsky. Twentieth Century Fox won the rights to the book in a bidding war last spring.
Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:
In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.
As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.
(Does Putin really not blink? Has anyone officially documented this?)
Well, spies in love. Not the most unusual story ever for Hollywood. I was kind of hoping the rumor that Aronofsky was interested in a George Washington project were true. GW has gotten very little screen love. Anyone else up for it?
Aronofsky’s “Noah” hits screens on March 28th.