EXCLUSIVE: A24 and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures team up for the first time for the upcoming film The whale with Brendan Fraser as the star and Aronofsky as the director.
A24 will have worldwide rights. MacArthur playwright Samuel D. Hunter (Greater Clements) will adapt the film based on its critically acclaimed 2012 play of the same name. The production was recognized 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 for Best Game.
“Adapting my play to a script was a real love affair for me,” said Hunter. “This story is very personal and I am very grateful that it has the chance to reach a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Darren since watching Requiem for a Dream when I was a college freshman writing my first plays, and I’m so grateful that he brings his unique talent and vision to this film. “
The film marks Aronofsky’s first film since his Paramount thriller mother with Jennifer Lawerence. Fraser was last seen in the FX Limited series Trust.
Aronofsky is repeated by CAA and Fraser by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.