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Darren Aronofsky's Noah Springs A Leak
Studio and filmmaker at odds over final cut?

16 October 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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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 specifically 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."

Noah is out in the UK on March 28, 2014.


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If studio is that concerned...just release another version: a more Jewish/Christian friendly version. That way you'd probably attract MORE non-Biblical people to the Aronofsky version, (kind of a forbidden fruit type attraction), and you'd make a few extra dollars out of the Bible believers as well. Better than releasing a half baked version that tries to please both crowds. More

Posted by sifter132 at 01:30 on 19 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Darren Aronofsky's Noah Springs A Leak
Wait how was this a surprise? Darren isn't doing this story from a biblical epic perspective. He's doing it from a mythological perspective. Have the Greek mythology films we've been seeing over the past 50 years been even remotely correct to their respective tales? Nope, not at all. This won't be any different. Plus, with thus director, the film is also guaranteed to be weird as fuck and make very little sense. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 03:52 on 17 October 2013 | Report This Post

Leave him alone
Just give him the money and leave him alone to make the film he wants - the Fountain is still one of the most unique and original films out there, moving and beautiful, with Hugh Jackman giving the performance of his career. . . and all that after much studio interference. More

Posted by flipthetop at 11:43 on 16 October 2013 | Report This Post

Surely this is good news?
If this is the response from the god-fearing states then I wait with even greater anticipation of Aronofsky's latest :) Good to also see one studio (New Regency) understand artistic integrity and have faith in their director (pun unintended). More

Posted by sirvolkar at 11:28 on 16 October 2013 | Report This Post


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