Directors know repurposing super heros in comic books is a cash cow, but is the same true for Biblical heros? Darren Aronofsky who also directed Black Swan hopes to rake in dollars at the box office on the back of this religious story.
Problem from the secular world
Films face fierce competition at the box office, and cutting off an estimated 30% of millenials is a difficult strategy. Darren hopes that the fervor of religious viewers will make up for the lack of appeal to the non-believers. The trailer suggests an entertaining well produced Hollywood action movie. This take should offer more than a preachy snoozefest like History Channel’s 10 hour series “the bible,“or torture porn like Passion of the Christ. However this film will need to compete with preconceived notions or baggage of the Jesus movie genre.
Possibly the only way to woo an atheist crowd into bible stories is through musicals
Problems from religious reviewers
First the Director is not a christian. California liberals might accept this, but down home believers have a hard time with an Atheist making a movie (and hoping to reap serious coin) off their holy book. The next issue is overcoming the “liberal media” characterization that will put Noah under a microscope of scrutiny by believers. Religious talk radio hosts and celebrity pastors might see a great chance to rile up congregations with hatred towards outsiders defacing the word of god in Hollywood.
Critics “lucky” enough to see early versions of the movie were sworn to secrecy. But, we do know their reaction prompted Paramount to not only recut the movie several times, but to take the extraordinary step of schmoozing the president of the National Religious Broadcasters group by agreeing to issue this disclaimer: “The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide… Read more from CNN
Bringing miraculous parables into the widescreen requires a deal of interpretation. The director faces a formidable task of filling holes in the biblical account. Such as how the animals coexisted (without eating each other), and how they even made it onto the ark in the first place. Showing a miracle on screen requires making some assumptions that the devout will likely be uncomfortable with. True believers might say “that just wasn’t realistic enough” while more moderate Christians might think his intention was to mock the parables.