Paramount to release Darren Aronofsky’s cut of Noah

Studio bows to director’s wishes

Darren Aronofsky appears to have won his battle with Paramount over the version of Noah to be released to cinemagoers, with the studio agreeing to issue Aronofsky’s cut.

The studio had become worried by the potential backlash from religious viewers watching Aronofsky’s distinctly artistic take on the original Bible story, eventually testing different versions of the film to gauge public response.

“I was upset – of course,” says Aronofsky. “No one’s ever done that to me… I imagine if I made comedies and horror films, it would be helpful. In dramas, it’s very, very hard to do. I’ve never been open to it.

“I had no problem completely honouring and respecting everything in the Bible and accepting it as truth,” continues the director, before explaining that he also wanted to engage non-believers with “this fantastical world a la Middle-earth that they wouldn’t expect from their grandmother’s Bible school.”

Fortunately, the studio appears to have backed their maverick director, with Aronofsky’s two hour and twelve minute cut getting the nod for release.

You can make your own mind up on Aronofsky's film when it opens in the UK on 4 April 2014.

For more on the film, check out issue 217 of Total Film magazine, which is available from newsstands (both real-world and digital) from 14 February 2014.

What do you make of Aronofsky's comments? Tell us, below!


    • Bomberdan

      Feb 13th 2014, 8:39

      Is Fincher actually involved with this?

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    • fuzzcaminski

      Feb 13th 2014, 9:26

      Yeah, isn't this Aronofsky's film?

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    • danieltuck

      Feb 13th 2014, 11:41

      "Fortunately, the studio appears to have seen sense, with Fincher’s two hour and twelve minute cut eventually getting the nod for release." Ummm....

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 13th 2014, 17:24

      I heard that the screenings didn't go well for this, apparently both religious and non religious viewers weren't keen.

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    • wendymoss

      Feb 14th 2014, 13:51

      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.

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 14th 2014, 17:03

      Given Christian Bale's method acting style I am willing to bet he's receiving a circumcision as we speak.

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