Aronofsky had been in negotiations to helm the project since the fall but is now moving on, according to sources. The filmmaker, who is prepping his biblical tale Noah for a March release for Paramount, is now scouting for his follow-up to develop.
Fox is still high on the project, which it picked up in a seven-figure deal in April 2013 for Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch of Film Rites and Peter Chernin of Chernin to produce.
The project is in development and does not have a script, so the studio will now focus on hiring a scribe. There is also a chance it could reapproach Aronofsky down the line.
The story centers on a Russian spy seductress and a young CIA agent who deals with Russian moles. The two play a cat-mouse game that has global implications, with the action moving from Russia, across Europe to the U.S.