Darren Aronofsky has dropped out of plans to direct the spy thriller "Red Sparrow" at 20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Film Rites.
Aronofsky had been in negotiations to direct since August but has decided to move on. He's now considering other projects for his next project once his Biblical tale "Noah" hits cinemas in March.
An adaptation of the novel by Jason Matthews and set in contemporary Russia, the story follows a female state intelligence officer drafted against her will to become a 'Sparrow,' a trained seductress in the service.
She is soon assigned a first-tour CIA officer who handles the agency's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of deception and sexual attraction.
She soon seeks revenge against her soulless masters, whilst helping the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington.
Steve Zaillian, Peter Chernin and Garrett Basch will produce. A scribe is now being sought to adapt the script.
Source: Heat Vision