Darren Aronofsky in Talks to Adapt Russian Spy Thriller

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Darren Aronofsky in Talks to Adapt Russian Spy Thriller

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.