The project has been in development at the studio since last year as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum through his Free Association production company. That project was disclosed in June 2014, with a script from Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin, and Tatum, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing.
Scott Silver is in negotiations for a new draft of the script. Damien Saccani is also producing.
Aronofsky’s directing credits include “The Fountain,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan.”
Knievel, who died in 2007, became famous for his daredevil motorcycle stunts — most notably, a failed 1974 jump across Snake River Canyon on a steam-powered rocket. During his career he suffered more than 433 bone fractures.
The news about Aronofsky was first reported by the Tracking Board.