Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and Paramount Pictures are reportedly at odds over the final cut of Aronofsky’s big-budget Biblical epic “Noah”.
The division follows troubling reactions from test screening audiences for the film consisting of people of varying faiths according to THR.
Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore says the film is going through a “normal preview process”, while the final film released in cinemas will be “one version of the movie that Darren is overseeing.”
Yet, one source claims Aronofsky has been resistant to Paramount’s suggested changes – “Darren is not made for studio films. He’s very dismissive. He doesn’t care about [Paramount’s] opinion.”
The problem comes down to two different visions for the project. Aronofsky has made an Aronofsky film, and the movie he always set out to make – a grounded take on the Noah legend which veers away from the Biblical elements and portrays the character (played by Russell Crowe) as essentially an environmental extremist.
The studio on the other hand wants a film that appeals to both secular and faith-based audiences, especially the latter, but from the sounds of it they may not have got that. There’s also said to be some problems with the third act – serious enough there’s concerns about alienating the potentially huge Christian audience.
Right now it’s also unknown if Aronofsky has the right to final cut. Paramount and New Regency are splitting the bill for the $140 million film which boasts extensive visual effects.
Moore says the studio knew ahead of time there would be “a very long postproduction period, which allowed for a lot of test screenings. [Aronofsky] wants some level of independence, he also wants a hit movie. We’re getting to a very good place, and we’re getting there with Darren.”