Darren Aronofsky won't need to look under the couch cushions after all. Paramount and New Regency have agreed to partner and provide funding for his biblical epic Noah. The deal came to be after Paramount beat 20th Century Fox in a bidding war to team with New Regency on the project.

No casting has been announced, but Christian Bale's name has been floated previously, and the deal was seemingly predicated upon his involvement. In light of this, it remains to be seen how schedules will work out and whether or not Batman will have the time for the project, though we can definitely see him doing a great job with the material. Otherwise, it's doubtful this will get off the ground without an A-lister, so we'll need to wait and see who snags the role. Ryan Gosling's beard watch begins.... now. (Deadline)