Some interesting news concerning the forthcoming Noah, which is certainly one film I’m looking forward to. I can’t wait to see what the hugely talented director of Black Swan, The Fountain and Requiem For A Dream does with a genre I’ve always enjoyed, the Biblical epic. However, the film has reportedly been screened to test audiences in five different versions, Paramount obviously worried the film may not appeal to a mass audience, and even more than that, worried about offending Christians, some of whom have already complained about the environmentalist elements put into the story of Noah. It seems that the most extensive cut was edited down specifically to win favour with religious audiences. According to The New Yorker, the final studio-executed cut was shown to audiences last December and was described as: “an 86-minute beatitude that began with a montage of religious imagery and ended with a Christian rock song”. Sounds ghastly, doesn’t it? Luckily though, the majority of test audiences really disliked this version, leading Paramount to abandon its version of the film and opt to release one closer to the director’s cut instead, though it’s not clear how close.
“Noah is the least biblical biblical film ever made,” Aronofsky said. “I don’t give a f**k about the test scores! My films are outside the scores. Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favourite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I’m the Rocky Road guy.”
Noah will arrive in UK cinemas 4th April 2014.
Noah is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo). The film stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone.