We got the awesome news back in June that Darren Aronofsky had in his sights an utterly epic film, of literally biblical proportions, for his next directorial effort following up the immense Black Swan of last year.

After working with Fox for his last three films, Deadline are now reporting that Paramount have won the bidding battle with 20th Century Fox to partner with New Regency to make Noah with Aronofsky behind the lens.

John Logan, writer on some of my favourite films, whose credits include Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and the upcoming Hugo and Bond 23, is working on a re-write from Aronofsky’s script, with Aronofsky and frequent collaborator Scott Franklin (Black Swan, The Wrestler) producing.

And not only is this news great for confirming the financing the film, but it’s also being reported that the film is set to be fast-tracked – you don’t want to keep Aronofsky from filmmaking – with production set to start next spring.

Just a week after the news first arose of the Noah project, it was compounded by the brilliant news that Aronofsky was in talks with none other than the Academy Award-winning Christian Bale to star in the film. Shooting in the spring wouldn’t clash with Bale’s shooting on the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises, but there’s a chance that it might clash with any commitments he has to promote the film.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that there won’t be any scheduling conflicts, because an Aronofsky-Bale collaboration for a story of this magnitude would be amazing. With production scheduled for the spring, hopefully we could well be getting this sometime in 2013.