Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was the ark in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah."
The acclaimed director's massive biblical epic is scheduled for release on March 28, 2014, which gives set designers plenty of time to finish work on Noah's gigantic vessel. Aronofsky tweeted a picture of the progress on Wednesday.
"Make thee an ark of gopher wood," reads Genesis 6:14, "with rooms shalt thou make the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch."
This has been a busy week for Aronofsky. On Monday, the director tweeted that Sir Anthony Hopkins had joined the cast of "Noah" in the role of Methusaleh, Noah's 900-year-old father. According to HitFix writer Drew McWeeny, Methusaleh only has three scenes in the "Noah" script, but they are very important to the story; to even see his father, Noah must travel past the Watchers, "eleven-foot-tall fallen angels with six arms and no wings."
Needless to say, this isn't your 900-year-old father's biblical retelling of Noah's Ark.
Russell Crowe stars as Noah in "Noah," with Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson providing support.
"<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110889/" target="_hplink">Priest</a>," a depiction of <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Priest-Faces-Fire-and-Brimstone-Catholics-3038800.php" target="_hplink">homosexuality in the priesthood</a>, drew the <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1995-03-25/news/mn-46939_1_general-release" target="_hplink">ire of the Catholic League</a> when it was released in 1994.
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
Monty Python's "Life of Brian" was so contentious when it was released -- <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8833320/The-Life-of-Brian-When-Monty-Python-took-on-God.html" target="_hplink">it angered Catholics, Jews and others</a> -- that <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13856561" target="_hplink">the BBC made a comedic film for TV about the controversy</a>, "<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2046493/Monty-Pythons-Life-Of-Brian-caused-uproar-release-BBC-drama-reveals.html" target="_hplink">Holy Flying Circus</a>."
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Based on a 1955 novel that was banned by the Catholic Church (and whose author was excommunicated by the Greek Orthodox Church), Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" was <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock/flashpoints/theater/lasttemptation.html" target="_hplink">called blasphemous by Christian groups</a> before it was even released. Thousands of theaters later refused to screen the film. Still, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1988/08/13/movies/the-last-temptation-of-christ-opens-to-protests-but-good-sales.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm" target="_hplink">people lined up to see it</a>.
The Golden Compass (2007)
"The Golden Compass," the first in a trilogy of fantasy films, was <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1573421/golden-compass-angering-christian-groups.jhtml" target="_hplink">decried by the Catholic League</a> as "selling atheism to kids" and denounced by Focus on the Family for encouraging people to reject God. The protests may have <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/christian-protests-may-leave-philip-pullmans-trilogy-as-one-of-a-kind-870833.html" target="_hplink">prevented the rest of the trilogy from ever being made</a>.