First look! Graphic novel tie-in for Darren Aronofsky's Noah

Writer Ari Handel and artist Niko Henrichon are collaborating with Aronofsky on the book.

The tale of Darren Aronofsky's upcoming biblical epic, Noah, will be expanded further in a graphic novel tie-in.

Writer Ari Handel and artist Niko Henrichon are collaborating with Aronofsky on the Image Comics title, which will be based on the filmmaker's original screenplay.

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"It has been a great thrill to see an artist of Niko's calibre interpret the Noah screenplay through his own vision," said Aronofsky. "The results are lavish.

"This take on the story is from the original screenplay Ari and I wrote, before we began the long process of shaping the story for the big screen. So it is a slightly different take on the material.

"This book, not merely a movie companion piece, will hopefully give readers a rare insight into the creative process."

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Starring Russell Crowe in the titular role, the film tells the epic story of one man’s quest to preserve life after experiencing apocalyptic visions. But rather than trying to tell a religious tale, Aronofsky has said that he wants to treat the story of Noah as a fable - a theme that fits with the official synopsis of the tie-in book:

"It was a world without hope, a world with no rain and no crops, dominated by warlords and their barbarian hordes. In this cruel world, Noah was a good man. Seasoned fighter, mage and healer but he only wanted peace for him and his family. Yet every night, Noah was beset by visions of an endless flood, symbolizing the destruction of all life. Gradually he began to understand the message sent him by the Creator. He had decided to punish the men and kill them until the last. But he gave Noah a last chance to preserve life on Earth."

Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins star in Noah, which hits cinemas on March 28, 2014. The graphic novel will be released on March 18th.