EXCLUSIVE: Darren Aronofsky’s A24 and Protozoa Pictures team up for the first time on upcoming film The whale with Brendan Fraser ready to play and Aronofsky on board to direct.
A24 will have worldwide rights. MacArthur-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter (Greater clements) will adapt the film based on his critically acclaimed 2012 play of the same name. The production was hailed by the New York Times and won the Drama Desk Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the GLAAD Media Award, the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle nominated for best play.
“Adapting my play to a script has been a real labor of love for me,” Hunter said. “This story is deeply personal and I am very grateful that it will have the chance to reach a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Darren ever since I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was a freshman in college writing my first pieces, and I’m so grateful that he brings his singular talent and vision to this film.
The film marks Aronofsky’s first film since his thriller Paramount Mother with Jennifer Lawerence. Fraser was most recently seen in the FX Limited Series Trust.
Aronofsky is replaced by CAA and Fraser is replaced by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.