Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Zach Braff “Shocked” By "Unfair And Unfounded" Kickstarter Campaign Backlash Zach Braff “Shocked” By "Unfair And Unfounded" Kickstarter Campaign Backlash Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Gets His Stoner Detective Groove On In Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Gets His Stoner Detective Groove On In Trailer For Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO's 'Utopia' In 2015 David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO's 'Utopia' In 2015 Best To Worst: David Fincher's Complete Music Videography Ranked Best To Worst: David Fincher's Complete Music Videography Ranked Brad Pitt Says 'Fury' Co-Star Shia LaBeouf Is "One Of The Best Actors I've Ever Seen" Brad Pitt Says 'Fury' Co-Star Shia LaBeouf Is "One Of The Best Actors I've Ever Seen" First Look: Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Film ‘Equals’ First Look: Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Film ‘Equals’ John Cusack Says Hollywood Is A "Whorehouse" That "Eats Young Actors Up And Spits Them Out" John Cusack Says Hollywood Is A "Whorehouse" That "Eats Young Actors Up And Spits Them Out" Review: 'Southcliffe' May Be The Best New Series On Netflix You Haven't Yet Watched Review: 'Southcliffe' May Be The Best New Series On Netflix You Haven't Yet Watched New Image From 'Inherent Vice,' Paul Thomas Anderson Completely Changed The Ending From Thomas Pynchon's Book New Image From 'Inherent Vice,' Paul Thomas Anderson Completely Changed The Ending From Thomas Pynchon's Book Why 'You're The Worst' Turned Out To Be The Best TV Show Of The Summer Why 'You're The Worst' Turned Out To Be The Best TV Show Of The Summer Watch: First Trailer For Michael Mann’s Hacker Heist Thriller ‘Blackhat’ Starring Chris Hemsworth Watch: First Trailer For Michael Mann’s Hacker Heist Thriller ‘Blackhat’ Starring Chris Hemsworth Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody Watch: Ellen Page And Kate Mara Are 'Tiny Detectives' In Hilarious 'True Detective' Parody New Look: Reese Witherspoon And Joaquin Phoenix In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' New Look: Reese Witherspoon And Joaquin Phoenix In Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens & More Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens & More 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood 10 Female Directors Who Deserve More Attention From Hollywood Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" Miles Teller Says Role In 'Divergent' Made Him Feel "Dead Inside," And He Took Movie "For Business Reasons" The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

Darren Aronofsky Says His Cut Of 'Noah' Is Hitting Theaters And Wasn't Screen Tested

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 12, 2014 at 12:32PM

For a brief moment there, it looked like "Noah" was headed into some choppy waters. Reports surfaced last fall that Paramount and director Darren Aronofsky were clashing over the cut of the movie, with the studio concerned that the faith-based audiences they're aiming to bring out to the multiplex weren't responding at test screenings. But the waters have calmed, and with the movie washing ashore next month, Aronofsky's vision has won out.
16
Noah

For a brief moment there, it looked like "Noah" was headed into some choppy waters. Reports surfaced last fall that Paramount and director Darren Aronofsky were clashing over the cut of the movie, with the studio concerned that the faith-based audiences they're aiming to bring out to the multiplex weren't responding at test screenings. But the waters have calmed, and with the movie washing ashore next month, Aronofsky's vision has won out.

THR has an extensive piece about the making of the film, and Aronofsky is candid that things didn't always go smoothly, saying quite honestly, "There was a rough patch," and a particularly prickly one. Paramount went ahead "and tested as many as half-a-dozen of its own cuts of the movie," and needless to say, the director was not pleased, saying, "I was upset -- of course. No one's ever done that to me." Moreover, it's a process he's never used and doesn't particularly believe in, especially when audiences are asked to comment on a film that, at the time, didn't have all its visual effects in place, or score and ran too long (it was 2 1/2 hours, the final version is 2 hours and 12 minutes).

"I imagine if I made comedies and horror films, it would be helpful," Aronofsky shares. "In dramas, it's very, very hard to do. I've never been open to it."

But at the end of the day, Paramount's versions of the movie tested no better than Aronofsky's early, rough cuts and ultimately, the studio put faith in the filmmaker and his challenging approach to the material. "They tried what they wanted to try, and eventually they came back," Aronsofsky said. "My version of the film hasn't been tested … It's what we wrote and what was greenlighted." And moreover, he's proud that he kept his indie approach on the blockbuster film. 

"I'm a great closer," he said. "I've never reshot a frame, and I think that's very odd on big-budget movies. We're meticulous. We come from independent film, with limited resources." 

Whether audiences — faith based or not — show up is key, and we'll see how it all goes when the movie opens on March 28th. Check out a couple new character posters below.

Noah Poster
Noah Poster


This article is related to: Noah, Noah, Darren Aronofsky


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates