Noah as Director's Cut in Cinemas
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:
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.
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.
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