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Title: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on November 04, 2006, 01:13:15 AM
Darren Aronofsky Making Biblical Epic Next
Source: CHUD

The Fountain writer-director Darren Aronofsky has revealed to CHUD that he will next make a biblical epic, though he was mum on details.

He added that he will no longer direct Lone Wolf and Cub because Paramount Pictures never bought the rights. The film would have been a live-action version of the Kazuo Koike-created samurai graphic novel collection.

The full interview:

EXCLUSIVE! ARONOFSKY'S NEXT PROJECT TEASER.
11.03.06
By Russ Fischer

Last night Darren Aronofsky brought The Fountain to Atlanta. After the film, he did a Q&A moderated by some guy named Nunziata. I missed that, but did interview the director this morning. The full text of our 40-minute talk will be up soon, but here's a glimpse into what's next for the director:

Two part question: Will you do another studio film, and is Lone Wolf and Cub really dead?

Well, the big thing we're writing now is a studio film. Lone Wolf, Paramount never got the rights. And we developed a script, but now the rights don't exist.

That was so exciting for a moment there.

The new thing is even more exciting, and I'll give you an exclusive. I'm not going to tell you exactly what it is, but…it's a biblical epic.

In…Aramaic?

(laughs) In English!

What led you to that?

It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. Before Pi. Probably ten years ago, I had an idea. Actually, I wrote a poem about it when I was in 7th grade. I won this award for it -- my first writing award. So it's a story from the Bible that kind of stuck with me. About ten years ago I was at a museum that featured an exhibit that reminded me of it. So we've been trying to crack it for a while, and we finally figured out a direction. But…I can't tell you any more.

There's always that moment when a filmmaker gets to do the project they've wanted to do for a decade and…it rarely works. Are you afraid of that?

That's…I call that the fingerpaint syndrome. Remember when you were in kindergarten and you were painting, if you kept going too long it started to turn brown? So I'm always asking my crew, 'are we going brown here?'. And that was the challenge with the Fountain, and with anything you work on, and it'll be a challenge here too.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on November 15, 2006, 12:31:32 PM
Aronofsky Eyes Biblical Epic Next
Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Darren Aronofsky, director of Pi and the upcoming SF epic The Fountain, told SCI FI Wire that his next film will be either a large-scale biblical epic with fantasy elements or a small, intimate film based in reality. "The next project we haven't announced yet, but ... we're working on ... something that's very, very big and something that's very, very small," Aronofsky said in an interview in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Nov. 11. "I just want to start shooting something in '07, because [The Fountain] took a long time, and I want to do something that's going to get me to set a lot quicker. I mean, [in] the last six years I've worked with actors for [only] 60 days, and I want to get back to set."

Aronofsky declined to discuss details of the big movie, which he said is an original idea. "We are working on something that's biblical in nature, and, luckily, that can mean a lot of different things." He added: "The big project is very, very fantasy-based. ... [And] all my fantasy stuff leans towards science fiction."

Earlier, Aronofsky told the C.H.U.D. Web site that he has been carrying the premise around in his head since childhood. Beyond that, the director won't say much. "They're in embryonic phases, and so if you start talking about it you kind of dispel the magic. For me."
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on May 30, 2007, 01:08:15 PM
Exclusive: Aronofsky To Direct Noah
The helmer goes from Fountain to flood..
Source: EmpireOnline
 
He likes a challenge, that Darren Aronofsky. After his megabucks arthouse sci-fi romance The Fountain had the plug pulled by studio Warner Bros, causing the writer/director to rethink it as a minibucks arthouse sci-fi romance, he’s now planning to make something he describes as “huge”.

“It’s an adaptation of Noah’s Ark,” he exclusively reveals to Empire Online, “and I’m pretty much done with the script.” But it’s not, he insists, to be confused with the upcoming Evan Almighty. “This is not a comedy. It’s funny, because Noah’s always been done as a comedy. This is definitely more the sci-fi version. It’s the traditional Noah story, but it’s told in a serious way. More fantasy than comedy.”

Don’t hold your breath, though – sounds like Noah won’t be going before the cameras for quite some time. Says Aronofsky: “I’m probably going to do something smaller first.”
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: squints on May 30, 2007, 01:32:27 PM
Says Aronofsky: “I’m probably going to do something smaller first.”

Like...i dunno...maybe a Vonnegut adaptation?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Kal on May 30, 2007, 04:20:53 PM
Could be cool to see an epic like that from the point of view of this guy... but I dont think the studio will let that happen with such a big film. I'm guessing this will end up in a battle between the directors cut and the studio cut or some other major problems along the way.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on September 15, 2008, 12:19:09 AM
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah
Source: SlashFilm

In this week’s three part interview with Darren Aronofsky, the filmmaker shared some new details on his long in the works religious epic Noah. I’ve been getting e-mails all morning from /Film readers wanting to know more, so I thought I’d bring you a history of everything we know about the project.

The idea originated ten years ago, even before Pi, when Aronofsky saw a museum exhibit. But the director’s fascination with Noah’s Ark began when he was only 13-years-old. Aronofsky won a United Nations poetry competition at his Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn school. The poem was about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of Noah. When Brad Pitt abruptly left The Fountain just weeks before principal photography, Aronofsky took some time off and began to develop a variety of different projects, one of them being the Noah screenplay. Aronofsky told The Guardian in April 2007:

“Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It’s there in the Bible - it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character. The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it.”

And today we learned in the third part of our exclusive interview, that Darren wrote the screenplay with Fountain co-writer and college friend Ari Handel.

“We have an amazing screenplay,” Aronofsky told /Film. “It’s a great script and it’s HUGE. And we’re starting to feel out talent. And then we’ll probably try and set it up.”

Big and Huge are the words Aronofsky uses to describe the non-traditional English language biblical epic. But what gets me excited is Aronofsky’s passionate pitch:

“It’s the end of the world and it’s the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I’m not sure why any studio won’t want to make it,” said Aronofsky. “I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.”
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on June 08, 2011, 01:48:52 AM
Darren Aronofsky Shops Noah's Ark Epic
BY MIKE FLEMING | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: I'm told that town is tantalized by a package circulating with Darren Aronofsky directing Noah, an edgy re-telling of the Noah's Ark story. Aronofsky wrote a script that is getting a rewrite by John Logan. I've heard he wants $130 million to make it and that New Regency is eyeing a co-financing role. Suitors considering stepping up for the other half include Paramount and Fox, as well as Summit, I've heard. It was described to me as a big fantasy epic, and an opportunity for Aronofsky to create a world. He's very passionate about it and wants to make it next film, after dropping out of The Wolverine. Aronofsky's got more heat on him than ever after directing the spectacularly profitable Black Swan, which grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. His move toward Noah comes after Aronofsky recently flirted with Exodus, the 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment-produced telling of the story of Moses, his defiance of the Pharoah and delivery of the Hebrews from enslavement. That script was written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Beyond an ill-advised morphing of the Noah's Ark story into the Universal spinoff comedy Evan Almighty, nobody has tried to tell the Noah's Ark story in as ambitious a manner as Aronofsky intends. Will a studio step up to help Aronofsky build this boat on as grand a scale as he desires? Stayed tuned. Aronofsky and Logan are repped by CAA.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Ravi on June 10, 2011, 04:02:32 PM
Two of every scarf!
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Stefen on June 10, 2011, 09:52:57 PM
^haha.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on June 14, 2011, 09:11:41 AM
Christian Bale In Talks To Star In Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’
Source: Playlist

Though “Black Swan” elevated Darren Aronofsky from talented arthouse director to a helmer with box office clout and awards season cachet, that doesn’t necessarily make a film like “Noah” any easier to finance. Announced as a strong candidate for his next film, the project has been in the works since at least 2007 and earlier in the year, it was revealed that Aronofsky was collaborating with comic book artist Nico Henrichon on a graphic novel take on the tale to spur interest in feature adaptation. Well, the gambit worked. The $130 million dollar film already has New Regency staking half of the cost and should this bit of casting come though, expect Paramount, Fox and Summit to start falling all over each other for the opportunity to pay the rest of the bills. Vulture reports that recent Oscar winner Christian Bale is in talks for the lead role in “Noah.” This isn’t the first time Aronofsky and Bale have been linked, as the director was involved in the early stages of “The Fighter” before leaving the production and being replaced by David O. Russell. And the rest, as they say, is history. But it seems the two got on, and a Bale/ Aronofsky pairing sounds very exciting. Of course, should Bale sign the film wouldn’t likely to shoot until very late this year or in early 2012. The actor will be busy with Christopher Nolan in “The Dark Knight Rises” for much of the remainder of 2011, but joining “Noah” would undoubtedly assure studios of a strong foreign box office and big star to drive the Biblical film—a genre which can be a tricky sell. At the very least, we know Bale can grow one helluva beard and if the actor is manning the ship as the flood waters rise, we’ll gladly come aboard.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on June 27, 2011, 07:11:49 PM
Paramount Near Deal To Provide Safe Harbor To Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'
BY MIKE FLEMING | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is moving closer to signing on for Noah, the big-ticket re-telling of the Noah's Ark story that will be the next film from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. Deadline told you early this month that CAA was shopping the picture. Bidding came down to 20th Century Fox and Paramount, both of which were vying to partner with New Regency, which has been involved all the way through the process. Aronofsky wrote a script that is being rewritten by Gladiator scribe John Logan. Noah might only have gotten got a few pages in the Bible, but Aronofsky has turned it into a sprawling fantasy epic that will cost north of $100 million. Aronofsky dropped out of The Wolverine after his long-gestating Black Swan finally came together and grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. What a time to mount a dream project, when you've just generated one of the most profitable movies in recent memory. This will take a few days to crystallize, but I'm convinced that Paramount will emerge as the partner on the picture. New Regency is closely aligned with Fox, but I believe the company will still play a role in the funding of the picture. More to come on this one.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: cronopio 2 on June 27, 2011, 07:19:37 PM
i wish bad things to this project. i hope this movie ends up being so bad that it invalidates black swan to the people who loved it.
honestly. i don't know what to make of a director that goes from a wrestling movie to a ballet movie (to a comic book superhero movie) to a bible epic. i know it's not valid criticism to some but he really lost me with black swan. that movie , to me, represents the death of (some parts of) cinema.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Reelist on June 28, 2011, 12:32:49 AM
he really lost me with black swan. that movie , to me, represents the death of (some parts of) cinema.

what, how? I don't get it..

I don't really care about this story either, but then again I guess its none of my business.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 28, 2011, 02:28:43 AM
Crono, in the original thread, you targeted Black Swan's predictability (which I don't believe is very important), but is there anything else you want to add which better helps to explain that last comment about the death of cinema?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: cronopio 2 on June 28, 2011, 10:18:50 AM
i promise i'll soon do the excersise of rewatching it with pen and paper and take notes of everything i dislike.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pozer on June 28, 2011, 10:53:14 AM
that movie , to me, represents the death of (some parts of) cinema.

that's such a retired hipster thing to say.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: cronopio 2 on June 28, 2011, 11:41:34 AM
i know the rational thing is to badmouth transformers 3 and the bunch of mediocre films that come each out week, every year. but that is also very easy and ends up being pointless. all i can say right now is, mila kunis wears black and grey and natalie portman wears pink and white. it's those things that made me mad about black swan.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 28, 2011, 11:54:38 AM
I can't really dislike Black Swan, but you're right, it was a little too "on the nose."
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Stefen on June 28, 2011, 12:16:23 PM
The story of Black Swan got on my nerves, but it's still a technical masterpiece. Attributed more to Libatique than that pretentious mustached scarf wearing mothereffer Aronofsky. Most of it seems to have been shot on 16mm so on the blu-ray, it's grainy as crap, which kind of sucks, but what can you do?

I thought The Fountain was terrible, mostly because of its scope, so I hope that's not the case with this.

I'll always watch whatever Aronskarfsky does because of the technical aspect.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on October 03, 2011, 08:01:44 PM
Paramount, New Regency to Back Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'
The "Black Swan" director will co-produce the big screen version of the Biblical tale.
Source: THR

After months of negotiations, Paramount and New Regency announced on Monday a deal make Noah, with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct the big-screen version of the iconic Bible tale.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan, whose credits include Gladiator and The Aviator, will re-write a script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel.

Aronofsky, nominated for the best director Oscar last year for Black Swan, will produce the movie with Scott Franklin.

“Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family's journey," Aronofsky said in a statement. "The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It's my hope that I can present a window into Noah's passion and perseverance for the silver screen."
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on October 03, 2011, 08:29:56 PM
I really don't know what to make of this.  The story of Noah is the most silly and cartoonish (yet somehow the most terrifying and genocidal when you actually think about it) of all the Bible stories, and I can't seem to wrap my scarf brain around what angle Aronofsky is intending to take with it.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 03, 2011, 09:14:51 PM
I had trouble taking The Fountain seriously (and I guess Black Swan too), so yeah, this is just going to be ridiculous.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Neil on October 04, 2011, 12:13:59 AM
Of all the films this fella has made, I actually enjoy The Fountain the most. I'm sure that's likely to change at any point.

I've never seen The Wrestler, but aside from that film I've liked Pi and everything after.

I am mostly glad at the fact that a film maker that doesn't always take the safe approach gets to make large budget films.  I'm sure i would be on board with most of the criticisms that some of you may have, but his films have all worked for me.


As far as Noah goes,  I think it would be interesting for someone who is not necessarily hard up for Christianity to make a film of this subject matter.  Does the script for this exist online?

Quite a large scope for a film though imo  It's a massive tale.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: pete on October 04, 2011, 01:55:56 AM
I feel like while he's no Mel Gibson, the studios wouldn't exactly let him go wild either. Most of his films actually have very traditional morals - don't do drugs, have faith...etc. so I think Noah at most would be Last Temptation of Christ controversial (ie not controversial except the church gets angry anyways). I sincerely hope I'm wrong and sincerely hope he makes something interesting, story-wise.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: squints on October 04, 2011, 03:01:22 AM
Wonder how they'll handle THIS  (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+9%3A20-27&version=KJV)in the movie?

I'm sure Aronofsky will make it pivotal to the plot. There might even be an ass-to-ass scene?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: tpfkabi on October 04, 2011, 06:57:27 PM
Wonder how they'll handle THIS  (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+9%3A20-27&version=KJV)in the movie?

I'm sure Aronofsky will make it pivotal to the plot. There might even be an ass-to-ass scene?

Hmm, am I reading it right? I even looked at the NIV translation which is supposed to be closer to modern English.
He was mad just because his son saw him naked and then told the brothers about it, or is there more to it?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 04, 2011, 10:01:05 PM
So basically, he got drunk and one of his sons saw him naked. He told his brothers about it, then they went to cover him up, all the while avoiding seeing him naked (presumably comically knocking into things when their eyes were closed). Noah was not upset about the blanket, or even about his youngest son seeing him naked. Noah was upset that his son went and told his brothers about it. Lesson: If you see a drunk guy naked, keep it a secret. Such is the wisdom of the Bible.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pubrick on October 05, 2011, 03:16:56 AM
There might even be an ass-to-ass scene?

(http://files.sharenator.com/i_see_what_you_did_there_house_RE_Infinite_Picdump_79-s450x338-233507.jpg)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Just Withnail on October 06, 2011, 01:21:17 AM
To be fair, two asses fucking is sort of required by the story.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: squints on October 06, 2011, 07:02:46 AM
To be fair, two asses fucking is sort of required by the story.

yes.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on December 05, 2011, 11:04:30 AM
From Empire. Interesting bits highlighted:

"After a long time spent courting their number one choice, sending flowers and special boat-themed presents to Christian Bale, Darren Aronofsky and studio backers Paramount are heartbroken as he’s decided to pass on the lead in Biblical epic Noah. But never fear! For there is a new possibility in the frame! Give us an “F”! Give us an “A”! Give us an “S”… Look, it’ll take far too long to spell his name out that way: it’s Michael Fassbender.

Bale has apparently had to give up the chance to play the boat-building bloke because of his busy schedule, largely dominated by two new Terrence Malick films, Lawless and Knight Of Cups, plus any press he’ll need to do for The Dark Knight Rises.

And while you might think Fassbender would be even more in demand than Sir Good For You, he’s actually only got one active project on his radar right now – another playdate with best pal Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave. He had been looking at real-life spy drama Londongrad, but that has come to a grinding halt now Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt has dropped the project.

So while there’s not even a formal offer in place for Fassbender, he has apparently chatted to Aronofsky about taking on the film, which the director originally co-wrote with Ari Handel. With a freshly polished script in hand courtesy of Hugo's John Logan, Aronofsky hopes to sail the production seas this coming spring."
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on January 26, 2012, 04:19:40 PM
Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Reportedly Has A Big Villain; Summer Shoot & Fall 2013 Release Being Eyed
Source: Playlist

It's been a while since we last heard anything about Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" which has been on a circuitous path to the big screen. A long-standing dream project for the director, it already has a graphic novel incarnation, but over the past year Fox and New Regency came aboard to finance the big budget spectacle that reportedly has a $130 million budget. The film got another boost when Christian Bale circled the lead role, but his commitments to Terrence Malick's back-to-back films shooting this year took him out, with Michael Fassbender now tipped to take over (though he's remained mum on his potential involvement as it seems too tenuous this early on). We haven't gotten wind of much else in a while but it appears that behind the scenes, the wheels are in motion.

During the latest Oscar Poker chat between Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), the latter revealed some interesting tidibts he received while chatting with Aronofsky's regular collaborator, cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Yes, this is a bit of hearsay, but this isn't "Law & Order" or a courtroom and it's pretty fascinating stuff. "...And he was telling me about 'Noah' and what the script is like. They're going to start shooting in July in New York and Iceland and he says it's really a good script. They're really doing the story of Noah, a very unlikely subject you might think for a cutting edge fellow like Darren Aronofsky, but that's what they're doing. It's going to be more likely a Fall 2013 release," Wells shared.

As for who's gonna take the lead, that's still up in the air, but it's not the only part up for grabs, as "Noah" will feature of villain (of sorts). "That's the hangup right now, they haven't cast Noah yet. But it's got a guy in his 40s so it's not going to be young. It's going to be 40s. And there's a big villain part, gotta have a villain in the story of Noah," Wells added. "Someone who's saying 'Listen, don't listen to him. We're fine! We don't need to build any ark. Don't be so alarmist! Don't be so fundamentalist.' You know? One of those guys. So it sounded like a lot of fun, actually."

So yeah, less of a villain and more of a doubting Thomas perhaps, someone who will challenge Noah's faith that God is sending a flood, is our guess. And a summer shoot would likely conflict with Fassbender's commitment to "Twelve Years A Slave," so we presume he's out of the mix (though if 'Slave' shoots and wraps fast, we suppose it's still a possibility). It looks like Steven Spielberg isn't the only filmmaker dipping his toes in the Old Testament...and should it come together, Aronofsky will get there before him. Fascinating stuff, and here's hoping we hear more soon.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on January 26, 2012, 04:26:31 PM
The villain of the story isn't the one committing mass-scale genocide across the entire planet?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Just Withnail on January 26, 2012, 08:06:51 PM
Quote from: Jeffrey Wells
"...And he was telling me about 'Noah' and what the script is like. They're going to start shooting in July in New York and Iceland and he says it's really a good script. They're really doing the story of Noah, a very unlikely subject you might think for a cutting edge fellow like Darren Aronofsky, but that's what they're doing. It's going to be more likely a Fall 2013 release," Wells shared.

...and a boat. Big one. Religious stuff, but you know. Animals, two of a pair. And sex! Maybe.

Quote from: Jeffrey Wells
But it's got a guy in his 40s so it's not going to be young. It's going to be 40s.

Yes. Last I've heard - now don't tell no one - 40s, they still count. As young. 40s. Guy. Noah. News.

Quote from: Jeffrey Wells
And there's a big villain part, gotta have a villain in the story of Noah

It might be liquid, but some sources hint at solid. Gas?

Quote from: Jeffrey Wells
"Someone who's saying 'Listen, don't listen to him. We're fine! We don't need to build any ark. Don't be so alarmist! Don't be so fundamentalist.'

Gaseous atheists.

Quote from: Jeffrey Wells
You know? One of those guys.

Yes.

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So it sounded like a lot of fun, actually.

YES! like a lot of fun! Fun like Aronofsky. Conspiratorial-paranoiac fun, straight-to-hell-addict fun, cancer fun, has-been fun, or destructive-perfectionist fun. Fun fun fun!

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is our guess.

Yes.

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it's still a possibility

Perhaps.

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It looks like Steven Spielberg isn't the only filmmaker dipping his toes in the Old Testament...

It does indeed. Not look like that.

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and should it come together, Aronofsky will get there before him.

MY GOD YES YOU...MIGHT BE CORRECT, MAYBE, PERCHANCE.

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Fascinating stuff, and here's hoping we hear more soon.

NO NOT REALLY.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on February 02, 2012, 03:38:36 PM
Does Russell Crowe Float Your Boat As Noah In Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical Film?
Source: Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Darren Aronofsky is ready to set sail on Noah, the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. I’m hearing that the Black Swan director wants Russell Crowe to play the title role in the New Regency/Paramount film. I can’t tell you that this is all going to lead to a deal but signs are pointing that way. I have also heard Aronofsky wants The Grey star Liam Neeson for another role. It all starts with Noah, though and it’s nice to see Crowe, one of those larger than life actors, entertaining the prospect of taking on such an iconic role. From Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, The Insider and on down, few actors match his intensity and talent. Gladiator scribe John Logan rewrote the script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and Aronofsky and Scott Franklin are producing with Mary Parent. Crowe is repped by WME.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 02, 2012, 06:27:05 PM
From Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, The Insider and on down, few actors match his intensity and talent.

Did they just use "Gladiator" and "talent" in the same sentence?

At least they didn't cite A Beautiful Mind.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on April 13, 2012, 04:52:50 PM
Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Has Release Date
BY DOMINIC PATTEN | Deadline

Paramount Pictures and New Regency have announced a March 28, 2014 release date for Noah. The film is directed by Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky. Russell Crowe, as Deadline first reported, will star as the Biblical builder of the Great Ark. The film reunites the Oscar winning actor with New Regency, which made LA Confidential with Crowe back in 1997, and with writer John Logan, who penned 2000’s Gladiator. After initial work by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, Logan rewrote the Noah script.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on April 26, 2012, 09:10:25 AM
Jennifer Connelly & Saoirse Ronan Board Russell Crowe's Ark In Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'
Source: Playlist

Rumors of their involvement have been circulating for the last week or so, and it looks like things are now set in place with Paramount honcho Adam Goodman confirming the addition of Jennifer Connelly and Saoirse Ronan to Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" for what he describes as a "perfect combination of casting."

The two actresses join Russell Crowe who will star as a man who has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated the planet and its animals, and then builds one helluva boat. No word on exactly which roles Connelly and Ronan will be taking, but Noah was a married man with three wedded sons, so there's plenty of female roles to go around. We're presuming Connelly is in line to play Mrs. Noah for what will be a reunion with Aronofsky after their time together on "Requiem For A Dream."

There's also a villain role of some sort floating around, which was reportedly being eyed by Liam Neeson, however, his name hasn't been heard of regarding this project for a while. Either way, Aronoksky going biblical is something we can't wait to see.

"It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It's the perfect combination of casting and a remarkable adventure," Goodman explained. "This isn't what you think of when you think of Darren, but it will be very true to him as a filmmaker. It will be PG-13 and will likely cost around $125 million."

Due to front cameras this summer, "Noah" will take its time and won't flood cinemas until March 28, 2014.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pubrick on April 26, 2012, 10:15:14 AM
Jennifer Connelly

Darren Aronofsky

PG-13

What a waste.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Reelist on April 26, 2012, 11:11:19 AM
I think he's already taken it just about as far you could go with her, unless you were expecting beastiality.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on April 26, 2012, 11:32:28 AM
"Ass to ass!"

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/polkablues/donkey.jpg)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: jerome on April 26, 2012, 12:22:20 PM
 :yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on June 18, 2012, 06:21:16 PM
Jennifer Connelly Officially In Talks For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'
Source: Playlist

Even though his has been brewing since April -- when Paramount honcho Adam Goodman himself dropped her name -- sometimes, the gears turn slowly in Hollywood, and so it's only now that Jennifer Connelly is becoming officially....official, for Darren Aronofksy's "Noah."

Variety reports that the actress -- who the trades have been cautioning the past few weeks wasn't 100% locked down, but has been in the mix since taking part in table reads a while back -- has finally entered negotiations to join the biblical tale. She'll board this cinematic ark as Russell Crowe's wife, with Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson all starring, and Ray Winstone as the "bad guy" who makes God angry enough to send down the mother of all rainstorms to wipe out humanity. Either that or he'll block the ark when Crowe tries to back it out of the driveway.

Production will begin on the film this summer, but you're gonna have to pray if you want to see it before March 28, 2014.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on June 18, 2012, 08:00:39 PM
Logan Lerman?  Ugh. 
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: squints on July 19, 2012, 02:34:31 AM
Aronofsky tweeted a pic of the ark being built.

https://twitter.com/DarrenAronofsky/status/223183502030548992/photo/1 (https://twitter.com/DarrenAronofsky/status/223183502030548992/photo/1)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Reelist on July 19, 2012, 08:34:24 PM
Aronofsky tweeted a pic of the ark being built.

https://twitter.com/DarrenAronofsky/status/223183502030548992/photo/1 (https://twitter.com/DarrenAronofsky/status/223183502030548992/photo/1)

Ohh no.. I feel another nickname coming on... it's... no...it's.... ARKONOFSKY
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on July 19, 2012, 09:30:42 PM
I don't think Noah had access to a Genie lift, cheaters.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: pete on July 22, 2012, 12:58:04 PM
he had access to God.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Ravi on July 22, 2012, 03:59:08 PM
Ohh no.. I feel another nickname coming on... it's... no...it's.... ARKONOFSKY

AroNOAHfsky, which is how New Yorkers pronounce it anyways.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on July 22, 2012, 04:35:05 PM
Scarfanarksky.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: squints on July 22, 2012, 06:43:05 PM
Scarfanarksky.
:bravo:
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Ravi on August 10, 2012, 02:55:42 PM
http://screenrant.com/russell-crowe-noah-movie-set-images/

First Look at Russell Crowe (and Iceland) in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’
by Sandy Schaefer

(http://d1oi7t5trwfj5d.cloudfront.net/77/530160e32111e1baf122000a1d0930/file/russell_crowe_noah%201.jpg)

Filming is ongoing for Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s massive treatment of the Noah’s Ark story from Book of Genesis. The high-art production isn’t complete without an equally-prestigious cast, which Noah has in the form of Russell Crowe as the protagonist, Jennifer Connelly as Noah’s loyal wife, Ray Winstone as his “enemy,” Anthony Hopkins as his (almost) millennium-old grandfather, and Emma Watson as his daughter-in-law.

The first official image from Noah has popped up online, with Crowe sporting long scraggly hair, a grey-speckled beard, and a downtrodden expression that alludes to the weightiness of his task (serving as God’s prophet during a watery apocalypse). That’s in keeping with the character’s portrayal in Aronofsky and Ari Handel’s graphic novel source for the project.

Aronofsky has been teasing his Twitter followers with photos taken from the Noah shoot, which is currently underway in Iceland. Those image offerings include glimpses at the stony landmarks, chilling oceans, and stormy skies that are being photographed as backgrounds for the non-Ark oriented portions of the film (along with the central Ark set piece, being constructed in New York).

It’s never too early for controversy – when it comes to Hollywood adaptations of religious subject matter – and Aronofsky has already courted his fair share with comments about how he views Noah as “the first environmentalist.” Moreover, the idea that Crowe needs an opponent has left many scratching their heads; however, Winstone’s character sounds more like the embodiment of all doubt and disbelief plaguing Noah (externally and internally) while he is performing his God-sent orders.

Aronofsky’s interest in the theme of environmental apocalypse has prompted premature accusations that Noah distorts the Biblical story’s lessons about faith and human redemption into (essentially) heavy-handed allegory for pollution. However, one look at the trailer for Aronofsky and Handel’s original graphic novel suggests the story has much more of a barbaric, Old Testament-vibe when it comes to the portrayal of “a world ravaged by human sin.”

Noah reunites Aronofsky with director of photography Matthew Libatique (The Fountain, Black Swan), while also employing the services of set decorator Debra Schutt (the Boardwalk Empire pilot) and visual effects supervisor Marc Chu (Pirates of the Caribbean). That alone guarantees the film will be as gorgeous as its comic book counterpart - no matter how receptive (or not) the masses are to to the rest of Aronofsky’s interpretation.

Look for Noah to arrive in theaters on March 28th, 2014.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: squints on August 11, 2012, 01:04:28 PM

That’s in keeping with the character’s portrayal in Aronofsky and Ari Handel’s graphic novel source for the project.


Where can i find this?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on August 13, 2012, 11:28:37 AM
As far as I can tell only one issue was released, and it ain't available in English.

It was written by Aronofsky and Handel (the graphic novel was based on their currently un-produced screenplay). (http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/10/darren-aronofskys-noah-graphic-novel-available-in-europe/)

There's one for sale on Amazon (for $60). (http://www.amazon.com/No%C3%A9-t-1-pour-cruaut%C3%A9-hommes/dp/2803629933/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344875161&sr=8-1&keywords=Darren+Aronofsky+Noah)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on May 16, 2013, 11:37:06 AM
Exclusive: Mark Margolis On Darren Aronofsky's Noah (http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=37509)

Proof that anything a mutated neutrino and Roland Emmerich can do, God can do better (and first), Darren Aronofsky's Noah is currently at the pointy end of production. The whole shebang is coalescing into something seriously intriguing - after all, we're talking about the director of Pi, Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan tackling the first ever apocalypse - and our spies tell us that even the big guy upstairs is excited to be involved.

Someone else with a tingle of anticipation is Breaking Bad stalwart and old Aronofsky hand Mark Margolis, who plays a fallen angel known as Samyaza in the film. As he explained to Empire, he won't look anything like Breaking Bad's wheelchair-bound enforcer. "I play a 12-foot god," he said, "[and] most of my character will be created through CGI."

Shooting in Iceland, Margolis took the mantle of leader of a posse of six-armed angels known as the 'Watchers'. They're a giant breed of angels who have been at odds with God since the Fall - 'Samyaza' is another name for Satan - and likely to be a source of trouble for the Almighty, and Russell Crowe's Noah too.

"All of my scenes are with Russell [Crowe], who I found to be a very funny guy," said Margolis. "They used me and my voice, but they had a pole standing up from a backpack I was wearing, so that Russell had a sightline of a person 12 feet high. I hope that some of my facial movements are used in the final thing."

Reading between the lines, the connection between Noah and Samyaza could hold the heart of the drama. Those CG angels may conjure scary thoughts of Legion but, fear not, Aronofsky is just the man to avert this mighty dread.

Coping with the flood alongside Crowe and Margolis are Jennifer Connelly, Saoirse Ronan, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand and some doves. It's a mighty ensemble and, until a trailer arrives, Aronofsky's Twitter feed should keep you in juicy titbits from the production.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pubrick on May 16, 2013, 01:29:19 PM
titbits

move over playlist.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on May 16, 2013, 05:20:33 PM
Juicy titbits, no less. Normally you have to pay extra for that.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on August 22, 2013, 03:47:33 PM
Paramount Pictures is moving Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" to a currently unspecified summer 2014 date. The film was originally slated to wash up in theaters on March 28, 2014 and while no reason was given for the move (or an exact date), there must be some confidence to put it closer to the heart of blockbuster season. The film stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson in a more fantastical take on the familiar Sunday School story, in what is the biggest cinematic endeavor of Aronofsky's career. We may have to wait a couple more months, but this is promising to be an event at the multiplex next year.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on October 09, 2013, 05:31:24 PM
Darren Aronofsky talks the complexity of effects and using CGI animals in Noah
Source: JoBlo

Director Darren Aronofsky is deep into editing on his upcoming film, NOAH, the biblical epic starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Kevin Durand, Douglas Booth, and Anthony Hopkins. Speaking to DGA Quarterly, Aronofsky opened up about how he's tackling such a large-scale film, giving details about the challenges of shooting with effects in mind, the "tweaking" of the animals, having the most complex shot in ILM history, and the decision not to use real animals. Check out the highlights below.

Aronofsky on the major effects in NOAH:
"There are fantastical creatures, fantastical events. There’s a huge deluge. What you’re photographing is often not the thing that will appear on screen—that’s the underpinning. There will be a huge amount of visual architecture placed on top of that, and that sort of makes it a different job. Sometimes only the actor’s face will be in the final image.”

Aronofsky on the "look" of the animals in the film:
“All the animals in the movie are slightly tweaked; I didn’t want the clichéd polar bear, elephant, and lion walking onto the Ark; I didn’t want the shot of a giraffe’s head looking over the rail. I wanted to respect the storyline and think what would have been involved if it all really happened.

We basically went through the animal kingdom and pinpointed the body types we wanted: some pachyderms, some rodents, reptiles, and the bird kingdom. We chose the species and they were brought to life with different furs and colors. We didn’t want anything fully recognizable but not completely absurd either.”

Aronofsky on having the most complicated rendering in ILM’s history involving the animals on the Ark:
“It was a nice badge of honor. I don’t think it’s the most incredible shot, but I think because of all the hair on the animals it was incredibly complicated for them. They said, ‘We can only render it two or three more times so make sure those are exactly right because they take so long and are so complex.’”

Aronofsky on the decision to not use real animals:
“I think we’ve learned from people who have done it before that that’s a really bad move. Politically it’s not a great thing to work with live animals and that’s becoming more apparent to people as time goes by, but also, technically, it would have been extremely difficult. And we’ve learned from lots of other films how hard it is to bring different kinds of animals together.”

I'm excited for NOAH, especially with Aronofsky at the helm. With a stellar cast and a cool take on an old tale, I think it will be a tremendous film. Aronofsky has proven time and again that he is a talent to be reckoned with and I look forward to seeing how he handles an epic of this size. It sounds, as usual, that he's taken great care and pains to ensure that the film is something original and one that carries his personal vision to the big screen.
NOAH sets sail on March 28, 2014.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on October 16, 2013, 09:50:34 AM
Darren Aronofsky's Noah Springs A Leak
Studio and filmmaker at odds over final cut?

This week's The Hollywood Reporter shines a light on the murky world of the final cut with news that Darren Aronofsky's Noah has hit heavy seas at Paramount. The Russell Crowe-starring Biblical epic is deep into its lengthy post-production phase and the scuttlebutt is that early preview screenings have raised blood pressures on Melrose Avenue.

The film has been screened in New York, Arizona and Orange County, California, to take its temperature with Jewish and Christian audiences, as well as the public at large. Their feedback, reports THR, has raised concerns that Aronofsky's singular interpretation of the Flood and its aftermath will struggle to find an evangelical fanbase within any of those groups.

But Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore has been swift to reject suggestions that the studio is locked in a battle over final cut with its director, pointing out that a "normal preview process" will end with "one version of the movie that Darren is overseeing". The expectation was always for a length period in post, he points out, and it's fair to say that testing is pretty much de rigeur on a movie of this size and budget.

Paramount, which split the movie's $125 million budget with New Regency Pictures, has acknowledged Aronofsky's need for creative autonomy, so any arm-wrestling over the version of Noah that finally hits screens next year should be considered in that context. You don't hire the director of Black Swan to make The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Adds Moore: "We're getting to a very good place, and we're getting there with Darren."
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Kellen on October 24, 2013, 01:28:35 AM
You can check the leaked trailer out here (http://defamer.gawker.com/heres-a-leaked-trailer-for-paramounts-troubled-biblic-1450381569?_r=true)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Lottery on October 24, 2013, 03:29:27 AM
Oh boy, it looks like that Steve Carrell film and Fuqua's King Arthur in one movie. Eh, I think I'll stick to Take Shelter.

I heard Aronofsky was fighting it out with Paramount about the film's content, the test crowd didn't think it adhered to Christian ideals well enough or something.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pubrick on October 24, 2013, 06:13:17 AM
You can check the leaked trailer out here (http://defamer.gawker.com/heres-a-leaked-trailer-for-paramounts-troubled-biblic-1450381569?_r=true)

this actually looks really good. kind of amazing even.

look at that shot where they're silhouetted, they're two dimensional giants in a monochromatic world in a sunrise/sunset state. wow. and it appears to be a key aesthetic motif. the expansion of dimensions taken to thematically consistent directions with the also recurring top-down shots. it's God, sure, whatever, but it's also the story of this dude who had a perspective greater than those around him. it's interesting then when Winstone challenges him with "i have men standing BEHIND me" (emphasis mine), as in that's all he can see. and then when crowe says i'm not alone, it's because he has access (delusional or otherwise, but coincidence makes believers of us all) to another dimension. Aronofsky is taking this story seriously AS A MYTH, and using it to create one of his own, the trailer is full of these indications.

so it seems a bit narrow minded to expect a really intelligent director to make a dumb movie. don't be one of those people. read the articles on the previous pages and see that he was given a LOT of creative control. but of course now that he's produced the real deal, something BIGGER than a mere bible story, that the studio is getting cold feet.. because america is fucking stupid. blame yourselves... especially if you really think this is just a "serious" version of a bruce almighty sequel.

my only problem, and this speaks to how the studio is handling its presentation.. what the hell is up with "the most remarkable event IN OUR HISTORY" (emphasis mine).. i understand that like any fictional story the characters themselves have to believe in their reality, and that they're playing this for quasi-real.. not FULLY real as aronofsky said in the articles previously posted, but are they actually trying to present this to us as LITERALLY real? like of our own universe?

that's completely insane and not what aronofsky was aiming for as far as i've understood. he's obviously a mother-loving jew, but he's no creationist. he knows this is just an interesting tale that gives the opportunity to tell an apocalypse and an origin story. how many apocalyptic films are so ambitious? they mostly just want to see things destroyed.

the end is nigh for cinema if movies like this get no support from film lovers while stinking turds like This Is The End are praised. (key difference and explanation.. because the latter is utterly meaningless to the point of idiotic).
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Drenk on November 14, 2013, 10:12:55 AM
Trailer :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRTlT3DEydU
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Garam on November 14, 2013, 11:20:16 AM
LOTR: Bible Edition.


Maybe just a shit trailer.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pubrick on November 14, 2013, 11:28:45 AM
a great misreading is upon us.

maybe aronofsky will end up washed up when this is all done.

gone with the water, like costner.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Drenk on November 14, 2013, 11:50:20 AM
The trailer isn't good. Bad editing. You have great shots in the middle of a cheesy trailer. Anyway, either Aronofsky understands CGI or he doesn't.


And new (better) trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2sGw3w8_HA
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Ravi on November 14, 2013, 12:15:58 PM
this actually looks really good. kind of amazing even.

look at that shot where they're silhouetted, they're two dimensional giants in a monochromatic world in a sunrise/sunset state. wow. and it appears to be a key aesthetic motif. the expansion of dimensions taken to thematically consistent directions with the also recurring top-down shots. it's God, sure, whatever, but it's also the story of this dude who had a perspective greater than those around him.

I wonder if those shots are a reference to The Greatest Story Ever Told, which featured similar silhouetted shots. Kind of unusual for biblical epics back in the day, which tended not to look so dark.

(http://i43.tinypic.com/eljpu.jpg)

(http://i42.tinypic.com/fbkmcn.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/16h43l1.jpg)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on November 14, 2013, 02:48:47 PM
(http://bellomag.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/noah-poster-russell-crowe-teaser.jpg)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: polkablues on November 14, 2013, 02:53:17 PM
Everything about that poster comes across like a parody.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 14, 2013, 03:42:13 PM
Look at the horizon. If only they had straightened the camera, we'd see that he's awkwardly leaning to the right and about to tip over.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: 03 on November 14, 2013, 03:59:56 PM
so lets go ahead and make the list:

dexter "the end begins"
brba "all bad things must come to an end"
this "the end of the world is just the beginning"

and this is just THIS YEAR
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Drenk on November 14, 2013, 04:06:23 PM
Better than "the most remarkable event of our history" the tagline of the leaked trailer.  :bravo:
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: 03 on November 14, 2013, 04:11:26 PM
yeah that was just weird. theoretically, you could put that on any movie where something within might have possibly taken place.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: diggler on November 14, 2013, 04:26:18 PM
That poster is so strange, why include the mountains in the distance?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on November 14, 2013, 05:04:52 PM
That trailer hasn't made me more/less excited about this at all. Which I suppose is a good thing.

You just know the marketing department is probably doing one hell of a balancing act right now on this movie. It's interesting to see how the trailers handle the whole talking-to-God aspect of it. I suspect that this is going to upset some people in that while it is very much a religious movie, it won't necessarily be the traditionally religious movie of yore, which could upset some people.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: 03 on November 14, 2013, 05:12:29 PM
strangely enough i didnt think of it too heavily like that. is this going to be like the passion when it comes out?
surely not, considering its not nearly as significant in that aspect, but i mean, them folks is crazy.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Drenk on November 14, 2013, 05:18:20 PM
I read about conflicts between Paramount and Aronofsky about the cut of the movie, they don't want his version, and I read that they're doing a lot of projections test. Anyway, you'll have stupid people hating this movie because it comes from the Bible or because it's not exactly what the Bible says.

 I'm curious to see what Aronofsky does with it. But I'm worried about the CGI. It doesn't look good...
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Stefen on November 14, 2013, 09:03:04 PM
Isn't Aronofsky jewish? Isn't he one of the only animals Noah didn't force to ride his zoo boat? Thank god they were able to find that mountain in the poster.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Mel on November 15, 2013, 04:36:01 AM
But I'm worried about the CGI. It doesn't look good...

I have the same feeling, it is especially noticeable in teaser:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O2Il9_Jcxk

Some of my picks for ugly CGI:

Bad editing of trailers didn't help either. I wasn't excited for film before, this didn't change that. Still I will cheer for Darren - maybe Noah will surprise me?
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: MacGuffin on January 30, 2014, 12:53:38 AM
Super Bowl Ad


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvDbSHtWZT4
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pubrick on January 30, 2014, 07:56:26 AM
Why are they so afraid to say it's just a story?

Fucking Christian America. That will be its downfall. It's like when Hitler's henchmen were too afraid to tell him they were losing the war inside the bunker.

It's nigh impossible to defend this film if they insist on pushing the "untold story from a real world event" angle. It's 2014 for Sagan's sake. smh. And we wonder where our hoverboards are..
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Pozer on February 21, 2014, 12:11:45 AM
Aronscarfsky wins battle with studio over cuts to Noah
The Black Swan director was 'upset' over the studio's attempt to appease religious audiences by recutting his biblical epic

Darren Aronofsky says he has won a battle with executives at Hollywood studio Paramount over final cut on the biblical epic Noah.

Aronofsky's big budget fantasy has been plagued by reports that Paramount bigwigs cut their own versions following negative reactions from test screenings for US religious audiences, a demographic the $130m film needs to address if it is to stand a chance of recouping its gargantuan budget. But in the new issue of the Hollywood Reporter, the director of Black Swan and The Wrestler insists that the final version audiences will get to see in multiplexes is entirely his own. His victory might be a somewhat pyrrhic one, however, since Paramount appears to have given up the fight after its own versions of the film tested no better with Christians than the director's cut.

"They tried what they wanted to try, and eventually they came back," Aronofsky told the Hollywood Reporter. "My version of the film hasn't been tested … It's what we wrote and what was greenlighted."

The film-maker admits to being hugely frustrated by the process, which took place after he gave up final cut in return for securing Noah's huge budget. "I was upset - of course," he said. "No one's ever done that to me."

Religious audiences are said to have been dismissive of scenes in which a dark-hearted Noah, played by Russell Crowe, gets drunk and ponders taking extreme measures to wipe mankind from the face of the Earth. Many complained that the film inaccurately represented the biblical story upon which it is based, despite the fact that a scene in which Noah has one too many after finding land with his Ark does appear in the Bible.

Paramount is said to have come up with as many as half a dozen cuts of the film in its efforts to find a balanced proposition. In the meantime, Aronofsky sat tight, confident that the film only worked according to his original vision.

"My guys and I were pretty sure that because of the nature of the film and how we work, there wasn't another version," said the director. "That's what I told them … the scenes were so interconnected - if you started unwinding scenes, I just knew there would be holes. I showed it to film-maker friends, and they said the DNA was set in this film."

Noah, which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson, has also made waves after it emerged that Aronofsky's ambitious version features six-armed angels and Ray Winstone as the antediluvian patriarch's previously unheralded nemesis, Tubal-Cain. The film is due for release in the US on 28 March, the UK on 4 April and Australia on 27 March.


http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/13/darren-aronofsky (http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/13/darren-aronofsky)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Kellen on March 11, 2014, 03:17:51 PM
twitter reactions (via /film) (http://www.slashfilm.com/early-buzz-noah-darren-aronofsky/)
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on March 12, 2014, 11:00:37 AM
twitter reactions (http://www.slashfilm.com/early-buzz-noah-darren-aronofsky/)

This has made me more eager to see this than anything else since this film was first announced. Thanks for sharing, because I certainly wouldn't have sought out Twitter reactions.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Kellen on March 12, 2014, 02:23:18 PM
twitter reactions (http://www.slashfilm.com/early-buzz-noah-darren-aronofsky/)

This has made me more eager to see this than anything else since this film was first announced. Thanks for sharing, because I certainly wouldn't have sought out Twitter reactions.


Would it have made you happier if I put "early buzz"?  It's not actual random twitter thoughts from 15 year old kids; it's a bunch of critics.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on March 13, 2014, 01:55:35 PM
Not a comment on you, and I'm not sure if you thought I was being sarcastic/facetious. I wasn't. I don't know who any of those people are, but what they said made me more interested in the film. As I said, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Kellen on March 13, 2014, 10:36:20 PM
Not a comment on you, and I'm not sure if you thought I was being sarcastic/facetious. I wasn't. I don't know who any of those people are, but what they said made me more interested in the film. As I said, thanks for sharing.

My apologies, I'm sorry if I came off as rude.  I added "via /film" so people didn't think i linked to an actual twitter search with the word 'noah'.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: jenkins on March 30, 2014, 12:34:19 AM
yeah. ooooh. aronscarfsky wanted to explore the rich tradition of young adult fantasy stories. are the stone warriors in the bible? i forget. no, i never knew. i think lord of the rings and the bible are about the same page length to read, though i think the bible has sold better, but anyway the movies are kinda the same kinda. in each, everyone is very serious while they talk between battles, there's a ring/rain thing, and of course themes of personal responsibility. sweet montages in noah, and some boat action. i forget which movie has the hobbits. yes. <-^- all 100% accurate, obviously
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Alexandro on April 05, 2014, 12:50:02 PM
I'm a little surprised no one is talking about this film here. I haven't seen it, and I was kind of hoping to read some opinions here before deciding if it's worth the trip. I suppose most of you are inclined, like me, to see this some other time.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: jenkins on April 05, 2014, 01:09:12 PM
I'm a little surprised no one is talking about this film here. I haven't seen it, and I was kind of hoping to read some opinions here before deciding if it's worth the trip. I suppose most of you are inclined, like me, to see this some other time.

it's got a fantasy size so i think it's a solid big screen pick. i'd be more the raid 2 excited, but either way. "i can totally brutalize you" vs "killing terrible people aka everyone but my family" either way
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Alexandro on April 05, 2014, 01:51:31 PM
yes, I can see that but is it interesting beyond that? is DA going full crazy with it? is this more an artistic vision than a rehash of the fantasy genre? does it dive in the moral dilemmas in an interesting way? how is russell crowe's performance? How does it fit in Arofnosky's body of work? I mean it just seems as if no one gives a shit about this film here, which is weird considering is Arofnosky.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: jenkins on April 05, 2014, 02:32:52 PM
like and appreciate your range of curiosity

but is it interesting beyond [fantasy]?
i think fantasy people might say if it's not interesting beyond fantasy than fuck it (?). this goes into the good, e.g. beyond snow white and the huntsman

the global endurance of the noah story asks humans why they gotta harsh the holy mellow. a problem relatable for everyone

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is DA going full crazy with it?
he can't fully because he has biblical promises, but it's a human story, for some reason there are stone warriors, and da goes mad when can

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is this more an artistic vision than a rehash of the fantasy genre?
noah has an artistic center, but i just can't not be pissed about the stone warriors. stone warriors battle people to death, and that's gotta be the textbook definition of fantasy bullshit

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does it dive in the moral dilemmas in an interesting way?
yeah because his family isn't perfect, which is a real "oh fuck" for the situation

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how is russell crowe's performance?
solid

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How does it fit in Arofnosky's body of work?
right there in the terrible human problems make things terrible category
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Alexandro on April 05, 2014, 02:36:56 PM
thanks!!
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: matt35mm on April 07, 2014, 12:22:38 AM
I liked it pretty good. One thing that I liked was that everybody believes in God and also pretty much believes that God talked to Noah, so nobody thinks that he's crazy for building an ark. I would have thought that that'd be the approach, but it also would have been typical. The movie chooses to find its drama in less typical ways, like how far a family who is willing to go very far and has no doubts about Noah's connection to God is actually willing to go before they draw their own line.

Not everything works, but I appreciated how strange it was. Crowe is good. There were parts of this Noah story that I had no idea about... some dramatically fucked up stuff that worked for me because I didn't know how that all was gonna end, and this movie didn't seem afraid to make Noah not a nice guy. I knew that a lot of Bible stories didn't have happy endings, so in a way, it was kind of the most unsure-about-what-was-going-to-happen I've been in a long time for a big-budget movie.

For whatever it's worth, I feel like it was done with a lot of integrity to Aronofsky's original intent. I don't get the sense that he beckoned to the studio's pressure to make it a little more audience friendly. Everything seems to be his idea, even the dumb stuff, but isn't that just Aronofsky for ya. He skirts between the dumb/bombastic/flashy and the brilliant/visceral/metaphorically-rich. That's just our boy's way. By the way, he seems to be over scarves these days.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Sleepless on April 07, 2014, 09:19:11 AM
Decent interview with DA on Friday's Empire podcast.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: picolas on April 07, 2014, 08:28:56 PM
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a lot of noah is really awesome, and just what you'd expect from a $120 million aronofsky movie. it's filled with awe-inspiring visual sequences, one of which actually moved me to tears mainly out of the sheer detail and artistry surging through it.

there's really only one joke in the whole movie (involving snakes), but it's so refreshing. i think it speaks to the fact that noah operates on a single frequency: the big, bold, loud epic. it totally gets away with that for about an hour, but at some point there needs to be intimacy, or a pause of some kind, otherwise the constant epicness becomes numbing, even a little alienating. (which it did.) crowe and connelly's performances suffer from the same issue... crowe's great at giving noah a quiet warrior vibe, but in the end he comes off a bit flat and weird because we need to see more sides of this guy to really love him and appreciate his plight. i wanted connelly to question his initial plans even a LITTLE BIT, rather than simply being his follower. i wanted her to be less weepy in general. for connelly in particular, crying is sort of an easy tactic. noah is such a badass, and he needed an equally badass wife.

i love how weathered everyone's face is. crowe especially has so many nooks and crannies. i want more movies with wrinkly, dirty faces. they're so much more interesting than clean ones.

noah comes off as more of a moving storybook than a 'traditional movie' in that there is little to no subtlety (ever), and lots of ideas/scenes that only really work if you don't question their internal logic at ALL. i'm okay with that because if you accept it for what it is, and ignore some of the weak writing, there's a lot of great metaphors to be found and questions to contemplate about the nature of man and belief.
Title: Re: Noah
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 01, 2017, 12:48:21 PM
This seemed like a good time to finally see Noah. So here's a brief review. The artistry is truly dazzling at times and the concept is great, and I appreciate all of that despite its shortcomings. Emma Watson had a very intense, soulful performance...

But the movie just did not fully come together. The dialogue is shockingly prosaic. Camera movements and framing, especially during battles, suddenly become dull and unimaginative. And this is one of the worst film scores I've ever heard.

I do like how they just put all the bonkers magical stuff on screen. That makes the scenes where God does not answer work all the better.

I kept seeing very startling parallels to Battlestar Galactica. So that was interesting. Also, Lost's "Across The Sea" seems to take from this story — the corrupt men on the island who built the village and the wells and the donkey wheel clearly resemble the descendants of Cain.