EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from completing the Biblical epic Noah with Russell Crowe, Darren Aronofsky has set his Protozoa Pictures to new three-year first look deals to develop film and TV projects. Aronofsky has made a feature deal with New Regency, which backed his film The Fountain as well as Noah. Aronofsky has set his first ever TV deal with HBO, where Protozoa will develop material for Aronofsky to direct and for the company to produce.
Noah, which New Regency made in partnership with Paramount Pictures, will be released March 28. This marks the second major talent deal made by Arnon Milchan’s financier/production company under Brad Weston, after Brad Pitt last month moved his Plan B producing banner from Paramount and into a 3-year deal with New Regency (which co-financed Plan B’s 12 Years A Slave) and RatPac partners James Packer and Brett Ratner. Noah was Aronofsky’s first film since he helmed the sleeper blockbuster Black Swan. The deal was confirmed for Deadline and Aronofsky issued this statement:
“It is a thrill to be re-teaming with my old friends at New Regency,” Aronofsky said. “Arnon has been a great supporter since we made The Fountain together. It is a golden age for the small screen and moving into that realm with HBO as partners is a dream come true. I am excited to see Protozoa’s output explode over the next few years.” Aronofsky runs Protozoa from New York with prexy Ari Handel, development director Josh Stern, creative exec Zara Burdett, Dylan Golden and Aronofsky’s longtime producing partner Scott Franklin. CAA brokered the deals.