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

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 12, 2014 12:32 PM
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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
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  • MFD | March 20, 2014 9:49 AMReply

    Maybe "Noah" is good, maybe it isn't. We'll soon see.

    However, the Bible is a work of fiction. Therefore, so is the movie. Therefore again, complaining about changes to "the original story" -- as though the original story were a documentary, sacred or otherwise -- is ridiculous whining.

  • ben | March 5, 2014 9:57 AMReply

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  • Wendy | February 14, 2014 8:49 AMReply

    I am glad this movie has some Jews in it (Logan Lerman, who is just Jewish, and Jennifer Connelly, whose mother is Jewish). As opposed to Ridley Scott's Exodus movie, which somehow has no Jews at all.

  • Joe | February 13, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    Aronofsky's movies are bloated, self-important exercises in ego (even the cheap ones), the worst kind of American movie. That this guy has a career proves someone high up somewhere clearly doesn't know what their doing. This ad campaign has the stink of desperation all over it. I'll be saving my money, thanks.

  • Stranger | February 13, 2014 9:17 AMReply

    Big budget trash swatting the plot mechanics of tired fairy tales, Aronofsky and the mewling folk might wager a shit to give about this tired trite foolishness, but the film looks like utter dogshit

  • Mr. genius | February 13, 2014 3:17 AMReply

    "....and a studio working to protect a major investment that is intended to appeal to believers of every religion as well as those without any faith..."

    Oh yeah ...muslims/satanists/democrats will all love this MOVIE !!!

    Al Gore plays Noah's father who warns about the dangers of "global rain" brought on by corporate greed.

    Barbara Streisand plays Noah's mother - who raised Noah early on as a single mother who faced benefit cuts while the "rich" lived in huge tents.

    lady ga-ga and miley cyrus play Noah's daughters who ride the animals - not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Noah himself - discovers he was "gay all along" which gave him the strength to save the world from the haters !

    Noah's son is an atheist who was bullied at school - but Noah protects him from the evil Pre-Jesus freaks !

    Obama eventually comes down from heaven and commands the rain to stop. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have cameo roles.

  • mr. Truth | February 14, 2014 12:39 AM

    Did I add that homosexuals and atheists will especially love this movie ... seeing as how the gospel/OT will be presented as a humanist nightmare ..devoid of truth ... :) ... and totally removed from the Bible's view of Noah and Truth ?

    I didn't :) ...

    Well then let me just add that now :):):)

  • Ezekiel | February 13, 2014 3:23 PM

    True, Mr. Genius sounds a bit rattled.

    Also, this movie looks like video store garbage.

  • Jake | February 13, 2014 12:05 PM

    Wow. You sound completely rational and not at all disproportionally bitter about something you haven't even seen yet or like a sad, pathetic person who is angry that the world is different than he is. What a joy it is to have read your completely lucid, witty and insightful remarks. The Internet is your kingdom!

  • Robert | February 12, 2014 11:20 PMReply

    Directors have the right to create art and vision. If you don't like the art or the vision, skip it. I happened to love Passion of the Christ enough to see it in theaters three times, then I bought the DVD, then the blue ray disc. It's a free country, and while I respect the directors decision not to follow the biblical account, I hope he will respect my decision not to see This version of 'Noah.'

  • Smith | February 13, 2014 3:27 PM

    "Art and vision"?? Hel-LO, this is a BUSINESS. If you are an "artist" trying to create "art" within a BUSINESS, you might as well put on your tin foil cap, your plastic baggie shoes and roam the streets. It's all you're good for.

  • Mount Olive | February 12, 2014 9:40 PMReply

    These voyages always smell like dung.

  • Steve D | February 12, 2014 9:09 PMReply

    Religious films tend to be dull and predictable because so many people demand that they follow the Bible absolutely. If Jesus says "pass the salt" at the Last Supper, you'll have people going "WAAAARGH! That's not in the Bible! It never says Jesus asked for salt in the Bible!!!!" The characters can't have personalities, idiosyncrasies, personal tastes, or anything else not plain vanilla. So three cheers for Aronofsky NOT pre-screening this

  • wm frederick | February 12, 2014 12:50 PMReply

    This film by Aronofsky should be fabulous.
    It will generate five million conversations and ten milllion tweets
    I am confident that Godd knows how to use all of the free publicity.

    To learn more about Noah. And the Nephilm,
    Check out this book on AMAZON KINDLE

    "Noah, The lost Tablets"

  • Exboyracer | February 12, 2014 6:55 PM

    Never ever miss a marketing opportunity.

  • ??? | February 12, 2014 1:22 PM


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