Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Biblical epic Noah has already faced a great deal of criticism from religious groups, and has seen some major clashes between the director and the studio. Though we heard earlier this month that the director’s cut would be the one we see in theaters, Paramount is still concerned that the film will get a poor response from faith-based audiences.
It’s undoubtedly a tough issue that will offend and upset people no matter what, and judging by what we’ve seen from the film so far, it’s clear that Aronofsky is holding nothing back and giving the familiar tale a fresh spin. Despite the studio giving him his own way on the final cut, they’re still taking precautions in order to ease the worries of potentially nervous audiences.
According to The Wrap, Paramount has added an “explanatory message” to the film at the request of a religious broadcasters group. Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, appealed to the studio to help audiences better understand that Aronofsky’s take on the Biblical story is a dramatization, not a line-by-line retelling of the scripture.
The statement added to the film is as follows:
“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.
The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
The disclaimer will be attached to all future marketing materials, including a soon-to-be-released trailer, the film’s official website, and all print, radio, online and broadcast ads.
Paramount themselves commented on the decision as well, saying:
“We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Johnson’s efforts to bring this idea to us. Our goal has been to take every measure we can to ensure moviegoers have the information they need before deciding to buy a ticket to see the film. We are very proud of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. We think audiences all over the world will enjoy this epic film.”
Whether or not the disclaimer helps stop any controversy surrounding the film has yet to be seen. Chances are that some religious audiences will still find Noah to be upsetting. Although, when making Biblical epics, that’s pretty much par for the course.
Tell us, what do you think of the disclaimer being attached to the film? Do you think it’s a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: The Wrap