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Noah as Director's Cut in Cinemas

Darren Aronofsky Wins Against Studio

Last year, the news surfaced that Paramount and director Darren Aronofsky weren't in agreement about what version of Noah should be screened in cinemas (see news). The studio was unsure how the film would be received by engaged Christians, who are an important target group of the movie. Especially the third act caused headaches after the first concerns were voiced by some test viewer groups that Noah appears to be too hard on himself, others, God and the world in general. There's also a sequence in which Noah thinks about going against God's will:

THR: Friction grew when a segment of the recruited Christian viewers, among whom the studio had hoped to find Noah's most enthusiastic fans, questioned the film's adherence to the Bible story and reacted negatively to the intensity and darkness of the lead character. Aronofsky's Noah gets drunk, for example, and considers taking drastic measures to eradicate mankind from the planet.

As the Hollywood Reporter writes, Aronofsky wasn't too happy about the studio's decision to test alternate versions of the film in order to find out how the audience would react to their vision of the Noah film. However, the results weren't that overwhelming and didn't convince Paramount that they should interfere with Aronofsky's vision. And that is why his Director's Cut will be released in cinemas and nothing else.

Noah is supposed to be appealing to both the Bible-believing Christians but also for non-Christians who could associate the story as a fantasy along the lines of The Lord of the Rings.

THR: Aronofsky [...] says his goal from the start was to make a Noah for everyone. For nonbelievers, he wanted to create "this fantastical world a la Middle-earth that they wouldn't expect from their grandmother's Bible school." At the same time, he wanted to make a film for those "who take this very, very seriously as gospel."

Noah starts in US cinemas on March 28th, 2014. The UK will get it on April 4th, 2014, and will be one of the markets that gets a post-3D conversion.

Release: Feb 18, 2014 - Author: Bob - Translator: Doc Idaho - Source: Hollywood Reporter

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