What was rumored over the summer is now fact: Paramount and New Regency will partner to produce Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' the director's passion project about Noah's Ark. "Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family's journey," Aronofsky said in a statement. "The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It's my hope that I can present a window into Noah's passion and perseverance for the silver screen." He's not joking about that kid stuff: as Slashfilm notes, when Aronofsky was 13, he won a United Nations poetry contest with a tale about Noah. John Logan ('Gladiator') will rewrite the script for 'Noah'; no word on casting, but Christian Bale was rumored as a potential lead this summer. [Deadline]
Hansel is so hot right now? Not according to Owen Wilson, who spilled some 'Zoolander 2' details to MTV: "Hansel, he's fallen on hard times. There's been a disfiguring injury. Think 'Vanilla Sky.'" Will do, Owen! [MTV]

Casting news! 'Conan' co-star Rose McGowan will star in 'Napa,' as an Afghanistan war veteran who becomes sheriff in her hometown after three tours of duty. [Variety]

'Django Unchained' keeps casting bad guys. On the heels of word that Kurt Russell is in talks to join the cast as the henchman to Leonardo DiCaprio's chief baddie Calvin Candie comes news that M.C. Gainey is negotiating to play Big John Brittle in the Quentin Tarantino-directed film. Brittle rapes and brands the wife of the titular Django (Jamie Foxx), an event which acts as a catalyst to the story. Expect him to die in a horrible way. [Variety]

Universal may release '2 Guns,' an action comedy which would reteam Mark Wahlberg with his 'Contraband' director Baltasar Kormakur. David O. Russell rewrote the script. [Variety]

Not film related, but you'll still talk about this one around the coffee machine today: ESPN dropped Hank Williams Jr.'s iconic 'Monday Night Football' intro song from its broadcast last night after the singer compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on 'Fox & Friends.' When discussing Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner playing golf together, Williams said, "It's like Hitler playing golf with [Israel Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu." When asked to clarify the remarks, Williams said he was "telling it like it is"; he later claimed he was "misunderstood." [THR]

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