While Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky works on his ambitious Biblical epic Noah starring Russell Crowe, he already has his eyes set on his next directorial effort. According to Deadline, Aronofsky is in early talks to direct an adaptation of Jason Matthews’ espionage novel Red Sparrow. Apparently this project is a big deal because 20th Century Fox bought the book in a seven-figure-deal.
Here’s the synopsis of the novel:
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.
When it comes to his films, Aronofsky is unpredictable. Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan are different from one another but still contain the director’s trademark surrealism and experimentation. I never would’ve expected Aronofsky to be in talks to direct an espionage thriller but the prospect is certainly exciting. Make sure to check back for more updates as they come our way.