Studio executives tested an alternate version of Darren Aronofsky‘s forthcoming biblical epic Noah that opened with a montage of religious images and ended with a Christian rock song, it has been revealed.
Aronofsky said recently that he had won a battle with executives to screen his own version of Noah in cinemas after around half a dozen alternate cuts failed to find traction with evangelical filmgoers. Now a new profile of the film-maker in The New Yorker details the desperate lengths to which Paramount went to court religious audiences in the US, who had earlier turned their noses up at a test screening of Aronofksy’s edit.
“In December, Paramount tested its fifth, and ‘least Aronofskian’, version of Noah: an 86-minute beatitude that began with a montage of religious imagery and ended with a Christian rock song,” reveals the profile.
Fortunately for cinemagoers, the new cut scored lower than Aronofsky’s own version had with Christian audiences. The New Yorker piece also reveals why executives felt they had to move forward with (now abandoned) alternate cuts in the first place: the Black Swan director, who gave up final cut on his film in exchange for a reported $160m (£96m) budget, was seemingly in no mood to compromise.
“Noah is the least biblical biblical film ever made,” Aronofsky is quoted as saying. “I don’t give a f–k about the test scores! My films are outside the scores. Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favourite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I’m the rocky road guy.”
SOURCE: Ben Child