It seems that Darren Aronofsky hasn’t yet had enough of making intense movies about tortured, attractive ballerinas.
Deadline reports that the Academy Award-nominated director behind 2010’s dark, psychological thriller Black Swan is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to adapt and direct a new film based on Jason Matthews’ spy novel Red Sparrow.
The plot surrounds a beautiful young Russian ballerina named Dominika Egorova who, following a career-ending injury, is forced to work for the Russian government as a sparrow, a seductress and spy all in one. The story takes place in contemporary Russia under Vladimir Putin’s rule and sees Egorova assigned to CIA agent Nathaniel Nash, who is part of a team involving an American mole in the Russian government. (Deadline gives a more detailed description, but Warning: there are spoilers!)
Rights to the screenplay were purchased by 20th Century Fox back in April in a seven-figure deal that involved a bidding war between several major production studios. Aronofsky would potentially write, direct and produce the film.
Until news on a deal is officially announced by Fox, Aronofsky fans can look forward to his upcoming biblical epic, Noah, which recently wrapped filming and stars an all-star cast of Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone. Noah is due in theaters on March 28, 2014.