Troubled waters for flood epic.
Reports are emerging that there are serious tensions between director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount over the final cut of the $125m biblical epic, Noah.
With films such as Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain on his CV, Aronofsky isn’t exactly known for his populist projects, even though latter films The Wrestler and Black Swan were more accessible. It’s safe to say that Aronofsky isn’t exactly Michael Bay when it comes to his blockbuster sensibilities.
This does beg the question- what exactly did Paramount expect?
Apparently, test screenings of the film for both religious groups and the general public have been ‘worrisome’. It is unclear whether Aronofsky will retain final cut with a senior Paramount executive stating:
[the film is undergoing the] "normal preview process" [and the result will be] "one version of the movie that Darren is overseeing."
Aronofsky’s representatives are refusing to comment.
Noah, which boasts a mighty cast that includes Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone, is a hugely ambitious project requiring extensive CGI. No real animals appear in the film and indeed, some of the creatures that do go in two by two are fantastical beings. Intriguing or concerning
Tensions in the editing suite between studio and director rarely turn out well but perhaps Noah will be different. Though ominously, the last movie featuring a biblical flood was the comprehensive comedic and financial disaster that was Evan Almighty.
There’s a storm coming…
Source: The Hollywood Reporter