A new featurette has been released for Darren Aronofsky’s ambitious Noah, and the four minute video goes into some detail about the design and creation of Noah’s Ark.
Made from scratch, the Ark itself is said to be truly something to behold, but some have said that the design of the Ark in Aronofsky’s film looks nothing like an Ark at all. However, as explained in the featurette, the design of the life saving vessel is based on the instructions written in the Old Testament.
Also, a short while ago I reported on a bit of a falling out between director Aronofsky and Paramount (who are releasing the film). Paramount were getting nervous because test screenings of Noah proved that religious groups did not appreciate Aronofsky’s edgier take on the story, and Paramount became nervous that their $120 million budgeted film could be a disaster to its target audience.
They asked Aronofsky to change his film slightly, to which Aronofsky refused, reminding Paramount that the film is based on his own graphic novel. The issue was cleared up, and Paramount decided to put their trust in Aronofsky and went ahead with the film as planned.
However, they have now issued a disclaimer to their marketing campaign, which reads like this:
“The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
Make of that disclaimer what you will, but Aronofsky recently put on an Art Exhibition called “Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood”. The West Broadway exhibit curated by Aronofsky featured the interpretations of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark by 50 contemporary artists and comic book legends.
“When I was in post production (on “Noah”) and staring at my editor’s back for hours upon hours, I started daydreaming about approaching other artists to see what they would come up when thinking of the original story of Noah in the book of Genesis,” Aronofsky explained. “So I approached them and said, ‘don’t think about the movie. Don’t go on the Internet. Don’t look at stolen paparazzi shots of Russell (Crow). Just go back to the original text and paint or create what you see and this exhibit is the result.”
Aronofsky also talked about some of the target audience for his new film:
“The film was made for believers and non-believers,” helmer explained before guests arrived. “I’m more concerned about getting non-believers into the theater or people who are less religious. A lot of people are thinking, ‘Oh. I don’t want to go see a Bible movie, but we completely shook up all expectations and people will see that as soon as they sit down and watch the movie. That is kind of what this art show is all about.”
Noah is directed and co-written by Darren Aronofsky, with John Logan and Ari Handel also on writing duties. The film stars Russell Crowe as Noah, Ray Winstone as his nemesis Tubal-Cain, Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife Naameh, Douglas Booth will play Noah’s son Shem and Emma Watson his love interest Ila. Anthony Hopkins will play Noah’s 969 year old Grandfather Methuselah, and Logan Lerman and Kevin Durand also appear.
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).