There has been a little trouble in paradise for director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount over their upcoming biblical epic "Noah". The upcoming film, which boasts an all-star cast including Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson, has apparently not tested well with audiences groups.
Namely there have been three different test audience settings; a Jewish audience, a primarily Christian audience and one with a general audience. Given the very sensitive and politically historical subject matter, it makes sense to take such precautions, but apparently the production has some work to do.
While the details of exactly what didn't sit well with the audience are a bit vague, it's believed that they feel Aronofksy's film strays too far from the original Bible story that we've come to know.
As to be expected, there are some heated people attached to the production. According to an anonymous talent rep close to the production, they stated, "Darren is not made for studio films. He's very dismissive. He doesn't care about [Paramount's] opinion."
Naturally on the defense for the production, Paramount vice Chairman Rob Moore said nothing of the trouble brewing but said the production is simply join through a "normal preview process" and that the film that was viewed was "one version of the movie that Darren is overseeing."
We will never truly know all the details surrounding the issues, unless the production wants us to. Regardless, Aronofsky is a brilliant filmmaker dealing with a very sensitive and sacred story, which is bound to not please everyone. Hopefully they reach some sort of middle ground where everyone feels happy and that the story is being respected, with the finished product.
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"Noah" is set to hit AMC Theatres on March 28, 2014.
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