Noah (film)

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Noah
Noah2014Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDarren Aronofsky
Produced by
Written by
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Ari Handel
Based onThe narrative of Noah's Ark
in the Book of Genesis
Starring
Music byClint Mansell
CinematographyMatthew Libatique
Editing byAndrew Weisblum
Studio
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28)
[1]
Running time132 minutes[2][3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$130 million
 
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Noah
Noah2014Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDarren Aronofsky
Produced by
Written by
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Ari Handel
Based onThe narrative of Noah's Ark
in the Book of Genesis
Starring
Music byClint Mansell
CinematographyMatthew Libatique
Editing byAndrew Weisblum
Studio
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28)
[1]
Running time132 minutes[2][3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$130 million

Noah is an upcoming 2014 American biblical epic film[4] directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel.[5] Starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone, the film is based on the story of Noah's Ark and is set to be released in theaters on March 28, 2014.

Plot[edit]

The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.[6]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Aronofsky first discussed Noah with The Guardian in April 2007, telling the paper that the figure of Noah had fascinated him since he was thirteen years old. Aronofsky explained that he saw Noah as "a dark, complicated character" who experiences "real survivor's guilt" after the flood. Aronofsky was working on early drafts of the script for Noah around the time his first attempt to make The Fountain fell through when actor Brad Pitt left the project.[19]

Ari Handel – Aronofsky's collaborator on The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan – helped Aronofsky develop the script. Before they found financial backing for Noah, they collaborated with Canadian artist Niko Henrichon to adapt the script into a graphic novel. The first volume of the graphic novel was released in the French language by Belgian publisher Le Lombard in October 2011 under the title Noé: Pour la cruauté des hommes (Noah: For the Cruelty of Men).[20] After the creation of the graphic novel, Aronofsky struck a deal with Paramount and New Regency to produce a feature film of Noah with a budget of $130 million.[4][21] Screenwriter John Logan was called in to re-draft the script alongside Aronofsky, but is not credited for his contributions.[22]

In October 2012, Emma Watson commented on the setting of the film: "I think what Darren's going for is a sense that it could be set in any time. It could be set sort of like a thousand years in the future or a thousand years in the past. [...] You shouldn't be able to place it too much."[23]

Casting[edit]

Aronofsky had previously offered the role of Noah to Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender, both of whom declined. Bale went on to star as Moses in Ridley Scott's upcoming religious epic film Exodus.[24]

Dakota Fanning was originally cast in the role of Ila, but departed due to a scheduling conflict.[25]

Julianne Moore was also considered for the role of Naameh.[25]

Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber and Val Kilmer were also considered for the part of Tubal-cain, but Aronofsky reportedly wanted an actor "with the grit and size to be convincing as he goes head-to-head against Crowe's Noah character".[13]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in July 2012, in Dyrhólaey, Fossvogur, Reynisfjara and other locations in Southern Iceland.[26][27]

Filming also took place in New York state. A set representing Noah's Ark was built at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Upper Brookville, New York.[28] In September 2012, while on break from a location on Long Island, Russell Crowe and a friend, both of whom had been kayaking for several hours, were rescued by the Coast Guard near Cold Spring Harbor.[29] Production was put on hold while Hurricane Sandy went through the East Coast during late October 2012.[30]

Regarding the film's extensive use of visual effects, Aronofsky said he and his crew "had to create an entire animal kingdom",[31] using no real animals in the production but instead "slightly tweaked" versions of real creatures.[32] Industrial Light and Magic said their work on the film represented "the most complicated rendering in the company's history".[31]

Music[edit]

The film will be scored by Clint Mansell, who composed the music for all of Aronofsky's previous feature films.[33]

Reception[edit]

Correspondence to religious accounts[edit]

Producer Scott Franklin told Entertainment Weekly, "Noah is a very short section of the Bible with a lot of gaps, so we definitely had to take some creative expression in it. But I think we stayed very true to the story and didn't really deviate from the Bible, despite the six-armed angels."[34]

"Worrisome" feedback from largely religious audiences at test screenings in October 2013 led The Hollywood Reporter to report on tensions between Aronofsky and Paramount over control of the final cut.[35][36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patten, Dominic (April 13, 2012). "Darren Aronofsky's Noah Has Release Date". deadline.com. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Chitwood, Adam (February 12, 2013). "Darren Aronofsky's Noah Running time". collider.com. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Chitwood, Adam (February 12, 2013). "Darren Aronofsky's Noah Running time". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Sciretta, Peter (October 3, 2011). "Paramount and New Regency to Make Darren Aronofsky’s $150 Million Biblical Epic ‘Noah’". slashfilm.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Chitwood, Adam (October 25, 2012). "First Look at Ray Winstone on the Set of Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH [Updated with Images of Russell Crowe, Douglas Booth, and Logan Lerman]". Collider.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Plot for 'Noah'". IMDb. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (April 22, 2012). "It's Official: Russell Crowe to Star in Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (June 18, 2012). "Jennifer Connelly Officially In Talks For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'". indiewire.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Chitwood, Adam (June 9, 2012). "Anthony Hopkins to Play Methuselah in Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH". collider.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (June 4, 2012). "Douglas Booth And Logan Lerman Board Boat For ‘Noah’". deadline.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Nepales, Ruben V (September 15, 2012). "Emma Watson shares updates on ‘Bling Ring,’ ‘Noah’ and ‘50 Shades’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Jagernauth, Kevin (July 19, 2012). "Kevin Durand, Marton Csokas & Dakota Goyo Book Passage On Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'". indiewire.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Child, Ben (June 12, 2012). "Ray Winstone set to star opposite Russell Crowe in Noah's ark epic". The Guardian. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Truitt, Brian (August 10, 2012). "'Noah' director Aronofsky tweets up a storm". USA Today. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ The Deadline Team (July 18, 2012). "Marton Csokas Cast In ‘Rogue’, ‘Noah’". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Marton Csokas Bio". Sue Barnett & Assosiates. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ Patten, Dominic (August 9, 2012). "Movie Casting Round-Up: ‘Noah’ Adds A Wife, ‘The Heat’ Adds A Villain". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c "Nolte joins Noah at last minute". independent.ie. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Gilbey, Ryan (April 27, 2007). "Just say Noah". The Guardian. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ "HORS COLLECTION LE LOMBARD". Le Lombard. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ Fischer, Russ (October 20, 2011). "First Volume of Graphic Novel Version of Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Available in Europe; See Pages and a Trailer". slashfilm.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ Douglas, Edward (November 21, 2011). "Exclusive: John Logan on Noah and Skyfall". comingsoon.net. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  23. ^ Maytum, Matt (October 3, 2012). "Emma Watson on her future projects: video interview". totalfilm.com. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  24. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 30, 2011). "Christian Bale passes on 'Noah'; Fassbender in?". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (June 7, 2012). "Emma Watson called to 'Noah' role". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ Hnefill, Örlygur (August 6, 2012). "Russell Crowe and Emma Watson filming in Iceland". goiceland.is. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Begins Filming – Starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone & Emma Watson". flicksandbits.com. July 20, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  28. ^ "First look at the set of ‘Noah’ in New York". On Location Vacations. July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Russell Crowe gets lost on kayaking trip". BBC News. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-03. "The coastguard officers lifted the pair and their kayaks into the boat and ferried them to Huntington Bay, 10 miles from where the pair had set out on their trip." 
  30. ^ Sandy halts production of Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'
  31. ^ a b Anderson, John. (Fall 2013). The Many Worlds of Darren Aronofsky. Director's Guild of America. Retrieved 16 October 2013 from http://www.dga.org/Craft/DGAQ/All-Articles/1304-Fall-2013/Darren-Aronofsky.aspx
  32. ^ Masters, Kim. Darren Aronofsky, Paramount Spar Over 'Noah' Final Cut (Exclusive). The Hollywood Reporter. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013 from http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/darren-aronofsky-paramount-spar-noah-648777
  33. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (December 11, 2012). "Darren Aronofsky Confirms Clint Mansell Is Scoring 'Noah,' Discusses Their Working Relationship". indiewire.com. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  34. ^ Smith, Grady (January 25/February 1, 2013). "Hollywood Finds God (Again)". Entertainment Weekly (New York: Time Inc.). p. 22. 
  35. ^ Masters, Kim (October 15, 2013). "Darren Aronofsky, Paramount Spar Over 'Noah' Final Cut (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Noah director Aronofsky in row over final cut of epic". BBC News. October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 

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