Darren Aronofsky And Paramount Disagree Over “Noah” Edits

October 16, 2013

It looks like NOAH director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount Pictures are disagreeing over the final cut of the Biblical epic.

In recent weeks, the studio has held test screenings for key groups that might take a strong interest in the subject matter: in New York (for a largely Jewish audience), in Arizona (Christians) and in Orange County, California (general public). All are said to have generated troubling reactions. But sources say Aronofsky has been resistant to Paramount’s suggested changes. “Darren is not made for studio films,” says a talent rep with ties to the project. “He’s very dismissive. He doesn’t care about [Paramount’s] opinion.”

The writer/director is known for his independent films such as Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and the Oscar-winning Black Swan. He is a talented filmmaker so I have faith in him. It shouldn’t be surprising that different demographics are having mixed opinions with something based on religion.

Synopsis: “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 Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo).

Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, and Anthony Hopkins all star.

The picture hits theaters on March 28th, 2014.

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