10/16/2013 10:18 am ET

Darren Aronofsky, Paramount Reportedly Divided On 'Noah' Edits


On the first day, Darren Aronofsky said, "Let there be light." By the seventh day, Paramount Pictures said, "Dim the light. We're not so sure about that."

That's the rumor, at least, as relayed by The Hollywood Reporter. According to the trade publication, Aronofsky, an Oscar-nominated director for "Black Swan," and Paramount are sparring over what the film's final cut will look like.

"Noah," which stars Russell Crowe as the title ark builder and is set for release in March of 2014, recently screened for test audiences across the country in an attempt to gauge responses to the movie based on demographics. As THR notes, a largely Jewish audience saw the movie in New York, while a Christian crowd screened it in Arizona, and the general public was invited in California. Each sect, according to THR, was said to have worrisome reactions to the film. As a result, Paramount has suggested some changes to "Noah," particularly its third act, which is said to diverge from the traditional biblical tale.

That divergence was an issue for biblical scholar Brian Godawa, who obtained the script in 2012. He wrote on his blog that the movie is "an uninteresting and unbiblical waste of a hundred and fifty million dollars that will ruin for decades the possibility of making a really great and entertaining movie of this Bible hero." At $125 million, "Noah" is by far Aronofsky's costliest picture to date. ("Black Swan" was made for $13 million and "The Fountain" for $35 million.)

Still, Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore has hopes for what will become the final version of "Noah." "We're getting to a very good place, and we're getting there with Darren," he said to THR.

For more on Aronofsky and Paramount's sparring thoughts on "Noah," head over to THR.



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