Darren Aronofsky is in talks to direct Red Sparrow as his next feature, reports Deadline.
Fox owns the film rights to the Jason Matthews spy novel, Red Sparrow, recently published in June from Scribner Books. Matthews worked for the CIA for 33 years before retiring.
Matthews’ book focuses on a CIA officer, Nate Nash, and a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, Dominika Egorova, who has become a “sparrow.” A sparrow is a “trained seductrice.”
Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch are set to produce.
Most recently, the director finished filming Noah, starring Russell Crowe, a biblical epic that is due out March 28, 2014. Given Aronofsky’s track record with Oscar-type movies, it’s a surprise that the film is slated for March. By releasing in March, it’s well out of awards contention unless voters remember it later in the year. Paramount Pictures and New Regency distribute. Aronofsky and Scott Franklin are producing the epic.
Deadline reports that the director was interested in a George Washington project but nothing has become of that as of right now.
Aronofsky made his feature debut back in 1999 with Pi, a film that won him the Best Director award at Sundance. Requiem for a Dream, released in 2001, put the director on the map. His most recent projects, The Wrestler and Black Swan, arrived to critical acclaim in 2008 and 2010, respectively.