Was Noah the world’s first environmentalist? A new big screen adaptation wants you to think so

Director Darren Aronofsky’s action-packed film adaptation of Noah’s Ark is set it hit theaters March 28. But new reports suggest the film, titled Noah and starring Russell Crowe, might not go over well with some audiences, and Paramount Pictures is concerned. Why? Well, for starters, Noah is portrayed as a drunk who is worried about environmental issues.

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“There are three versions that are being tested. And the director is upset because he has his version that he wants, but the studios have another version,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “And Hollywood is saying, ‘Yes, that there are going to be some religious people that are upset because it’s not exactly the Noah story.’”

“What, what, what, what, what? The guy with the two animals and the giant ark who’s on a mission from God… How do you make that story into something else,” he continued. “Well, Noah is a drunk… [and] yes, is worried about climate change. And he’s also worried about the overpopulation of the Earth with one million people on Earth.”

In a new in-depth story about the making of the film, The Hollywood Reporter learned there has been conflict brewing behind the scenes, as studio execs feared their $125 million investment would not pan out. Aronofsky, meanwhile, is attached to his more “creative” adaptation of the Biblical story.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

The trouble began when Paramount, nervous about how audiences would respond to Aronofsky’s fantastical world and his deeply conflicted Noah, insisted on conducting test screenings over the director’s vehement objections while the film was a work in progress.

Friction grew when a segment of the recruited Christian viewers, among whom the studio had hoped to find Noah’s most enthusiastic fans, questioned the film’s adherence to the Bible story and reacted negatively to the intensity and darkness of the lead character. Aronofsky’s Noah gets drunk, for example, and considers taking drastic measures to eradicate mankind from the planet. Hoping to woo the faith-based crowd, Paramount made and tested as many as half-a-dozen of its own cuts of the movie. “I was upset — of course,” Aronofsky tells The Hollywood Reporter in his first extensive interview about the film’s backstory. “No one’s ever done that to me.”

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Moore says Aronofsky’s Noah is not in the more literal vein of the blockbuster Bible series produced for the History channel by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey… “This movie has a lot more creativity to it. And therefore, if you want to put it on the spectrum, it probably is more accurate to say this movie is inspired by the story of Noah.”

Aronofsky, however, has been relatively clear about his vision for the film since the beginning. Back in September 2008, Arnofsky told Slashfilm.com:

“It’s the end of the world and it’s the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I’m not sure why any studio won’t want to make it. I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.”

In 2012, he followed that up with these remarks:

“I don’t think it’s a very religious story… I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it’s a great story that’s never been on film… He’s a dark, complicated character. The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it.”

Glenn is still undecided as to whether or not he will see the film. While he finds the concept fascinating, he hates to give Hollywood a dime. Ultimately, he suggests teaching your kids the Biblical story of Noah before letting them see the film adaptation.

“Do me a favor. Teach your kids the real Noah story. Teach your kids that,” Glenn said. “I’m so fascinated by seeing the ark and have it really brought to life. It looks spectacular. [But] Don’t bring your kids to this until you’ve seen it yourself… Don’t fill their heads with this nonsense.”

Check out the Noah trailer below:

  • MarsBarsTru7

    I’m not watching it. The people involved with the making of this film have set themselves fundamentally against me, my family, and friends. They are diametrically opposed to my values on many points. I have no desire to (directly) fund their continued efforts against me (because they’re subsidized by my taxes a little bit anyway). I don’t have to and I have enough personal discipline not to give into curiosity.

  • landofaahs

    Noah cut down a lot of trees to build the ark, took only two of each species(none of them gay), then rode out the storm God used to destroy all the rest of the animals and people. But it was God that did it not Noah. Noah was a faithful bystander.

  • Anonymous

    If the real Noah story movie had him being a drunk guy it would be like only a half hour long. Noah hears God asking him to build an ark because bad behavior has taken over the Earth. Noah builds the boat. Before getting on it he puts two of every animal on, then thinks about how much poop will be on the ark during all that month and a half. He goes and gets wildly drunk, plans to stay that way for as long as possible which turns him into exactly the sort of person God wants to get rid of. On the way back to the ark he suddenly gets turned into a pillar of salt. (God wants to test his theory about what kinds of things he’ll be doing the next time, there can only be one worldwide flood and he’already on the hook for this one since he promised. Besides the whole Lot’s wife story means there’ll be a sequel) Noah ‘s family brings the now salted statue on the ark with them and have a huge funeral. It starts raining outside, one of the family decides to collect the water in a rain barrel before the deluge comes, and spills some while carrying it to the hold of the ship not noticing the puddle is moving towards the statue of his dad. Noah melts and the result is the first saltwater anyone has ever known. Where even more species of animals and fish and plants thrive. The end.

  • Klasko

    What little I’ve seen and heard f it, its a load of crap. They’re trying to pander to Biblically illiterate Christians from their own lack of Christian background, and with their own agenda. They are bastardizing it. I have no intention of spending any money on this garbage.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Revan

    I just knew the liberal morons where going to do that very thing. I hate to tell liberals no one is going to watch it if you idiots twist Noah’s story like that. First off atheist will never watch it. Followers of Christ will not watch it. Jews will not watch it. The only idiots that will watch it the believe that Jesus is really a Socialist you know the self worshiping left. I see this movie tanking because it is clearly far left propaganda and here is why God would be against this very idea of killing people for the sake of the earth.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXRC57Ja1Sk

  • Anonymous

    I think its rather curious that the new Noah movie portrays the Ark as a collection of logs, tar & splines/ropes but I’m sure they were present. The afore mentioned were not the principle construction materials utilized. Ron Wyatt, through scientific steps, verified an anomaly found by an over flight of the Mt Ararat region, to be Noah’s Ark. You’ll be amazed at what he found through on-site surveys, lab testing, scans, scientists from Los Alamos, and the help of many to see him reach his conclusions. Watch the Youtube link. 1/2 -2/3 into the video you’ll be blown away by what was found. Judge for yourself – my eyes were opened…
    http://ronwyatt.com/
    L/L 39 26′ 25.51″N/ 44 14′ 05.36″ E Elev: 6474

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPRo7Q-7yQQ

  • sea-libtard

    If Noah was an environmentalist, why did he cut down all those trees? He should have built the Ark out of hemp and recycled milk cartons.

  • Anonymous

    Noah wasn’t a real person.

    Sorry.

  • Anonymous

    I think Zo’s got the greenies’ number! Even though conservatives make fun of liberals thinking that all people care about is feelings related to sex or power, I think there is some truth to it. Zo amply demonstrates how this works. He kind of neglects another way liberals have gotten to men. It’s not just through sex. In my experience it’s usually men who are most concerned about the appearance of racism. They’re caught up in not ruffling anyone’s racial feathers, which a) tends to make them indecisive when attempting to make judgments in areas that would improve the quality of life of others, and b) causes them to use their decisive tendency to attack those who try to do this. I’ve seen women do this, too, but it seems to be mostly men who take the lead on it.

  • Stephan Bruno

    The bible is fake. It doesn’t even deserve a capital letter in my opinion.

  • Jesustheonlyway

    The two minute trailer is enough for me…thank you…I will not be seeing this movie. It is false doctrine to twist God’s Truth. They will be held accountable.

  • Anonymous

    Well, there are actual historical people in the bible – and of all the stories in the Bible the flood story is the one that has the most support something happened. It is repeated in many cultures and religions not just the bible. The Bible probably took the story from an older story so there is some support of a large flood in man’s collective memory. I don’t think Noah himself actually existed ( or that there is an ark at the top of a mountain in Turkey) but do you actually think that a bronze age man drunk or not would have worried about global warming? And if you don’t believe in god the premesis that an imaginary being sent a flood because the world was overpopulated and he was a believer in eugenics becomes even more ridiculous.

  • Jim

    Glenn, you have a movie studio! I’m waiting patiently for a movie from you that puts our principles on the big screen! Please tell me that there is something in the works!

  • Anonymous

    The bible says Noah took seven animals of those that were clean and could be used for sacrifice and eating after the flood but took two each of the others.

  • Anonymous

    In the case of abortion, the liberals contend that it sort of dignifies a woman’s choice to do what she wants with her body. Fair enough. But it also liberates the man who just used their body for his own pleasure from the responsibility of being in a monogamous relationship and rearing a child. What doesn’t get talked about is how often men actually manipulate a woman into an abortion for this very reason. Women LOVE to be mothers and in my opinion, it’s the most attractive aspect of their being.

  • Anonymous

    Says Flint Ironstag? What a hypocritical retard you are!

  • Anonymous

    Take it up with the AUTHOR!

  • landofaahs

    Did you ever why atheist libtards ridicule belief in God because they think he is a bad God for having killed all those people with a flood but somehow they see nothing wrong with people killing babies in the womb or even getting rid of mankind(except themselves of course) for the good of the earth?

  • landofaahs

    You know, I got rid of the cable and do not watch TV for about 2 years now and I find I get so much done and frankly I have made more money not wasting my time on the boob tube. My blood pressure is better too. I can’t really change what is coming but I just concentrate on avoiding the nasty parts of it.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    …so, it’s not noah at all — it’s beverly hills noah.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! That’s funny!

  • Anonymous

    I knew it! When I first heard of this movie I knew Noah would be portrayed as a drunk. That whole great story of Noah and the director focuses on that. Very disappointing!

  • Anonymous

    If Noah was an environmentalist, why didn’t he have a better drainage plan?

  • Anonymous

    Because then it would of been a raft.

  • Anonymous

    God killing people is much different than people killing people.

  • Anonymous

    The story of Noah is real but more importantly it is forerunner showing a greater salvation from God’s just wrath on us by the person of Jesus Christ, the new Ark. The next time God erases this civilization it will be by fire, and utterly complete.

  • Anonymous

    God justly kills us all. He mercifully chooses to save some by the one means He has chosen to use, Himself through the life death and resurrection of Jesus who was made to be Christ by God’s own hand.
    Man killing man is always related to some form of evil.

  • Anonymous

    God in heaven helps us. I pray the Holy Spirit enlightens people with wisdom and discernment and not even bother to go to see this farce.

  • Anonymous

    Since people tend to wish that challenges be dealt with in a visible and structured manner, centralized planning and control can be appealing.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care.

  • Crassus

    The director probably wanted Obama to provide the voice of God.

  • Crassus

    If it’s like 99% of all Hollywood movies today it will be all special effects and no storyline whatsoever. That’s what they think the public wants. From the trailer Noah appears to be no different.

  • Teresa Geib Bacon

    Glen ;has some things right but he is Morman portraying Jesus belief so a little skewed.

  • Anonymous

    And you know that how?

  • Republitards suck

    It’s from a bullshit story anyway. Who cares.

  • Anonymous

    john kerry mention that climate change bigger threat than terrorists that a joke when you and obama don’t even want people to use the word terrorists because it don’t exist ,only exist for falsely labeling the Tea Party !!!!!!??? Speaking of jokes you and obama are the jokes if you & obama think you can BS all the people with your lies all the time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S the climate is alway changing sometimes faster or slower or double back in reverse just a bunch of false lies to gain control over our citizens and the world !!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Not only baby ,but old people too they are drain on the collective , also selective of groups and individuals to live which will be the ones that be in lockstep with obama progressive agenda they won’t be given obama extreme ration care !! Ration care for those who the royal elites thinks are undesirable for the good of the collective !! Our President obama is setting himself up as the new false God or false Savior in killing millions to make the world a more desirable place (per his whims) with all great people (who he deem) to be of the super race of clone robots who think the same way per progressive thinking !!So obama & progressive collective will have control of life and death who should live! or Not!!!! Haven’t the world gone though this before with Nazi Germany instead of natural selection who shall live by the person upstairs and not by some false savior for the greed of God like powers of life and death over people !?? We the people don’t need this again to happen !!!

  • Anonymous

    Ya your are 100% right not by some false savior name obama!!! This is like the Mass killings of millions in Russia,China ,Nazi Germany ,the only difference obama will be using a more stealth approach method in mass killings of millions so no alarm will go out and the people won’t wake up to his evil of greed of control ! He will do this by birth control and selectively who will get extreme ration care per your political view for those in lockstep with obama progressive policy they will get the gold plated medical care with full reinburstment !!

  • Linda

    If this is the way the movie is, I sure won’t watch it. God destroyed them because of their sin. Oh, they could not have the movie depict the truth because it would offend to many people. I will not be lining their pockets with any money.

  • Anonymous

    Agendas. Always agendas.

    There will be a judgement and all the Political Correctness in the world won’t stop it.

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