Director Darren Aronofsky’s new film Noah is the subject of heated debate in the days before its March 28 release. Is this the dawn of a new era where Hollywood creates big budget, faith-based movies? Or, did Paramount hand a spiritual story over to an indie auteur who turned the tale into an environmental screed?
The Black Swan director, tasked with bringing the epic story to the screen, thinks the controversy is overblown. He adds that he’s more worried about getting “non-believers” to check out the film.
The film was made for believers and non-believers,” helmer explained before guests arrived. “I’m more concerned about getting non-believers into the theater or people who are less religious. A lot of people are thinking, ‘Oh. I don’t want to go see a Bible movie, but we completely shook up all expectations and people will see that as soon as they sit down and watch the movie.
Reactions from early test screenings have been mixed, with some religious audiences uneasy with the liberties the director took with the main character, played by Russell Crowe, and the environmental elements in the story.
Aronofsky insists the hubbub will fade soon enough.
The controversy is all about the unknown and about the fear of people trying to exploit a Bible story,” Aronofsky said Thursday at a Gotham art exhibit promoting the film’s March 28 release. “It will all disappear as soon as people start seeing the film.