Watch: New Featurette Explores Thoughtful Biblical Accuracy in 'Noah'

March 24, 2014
Source: Cooke Pictures


Last month we heard about the attempts by Paramount to deliver a cut of Noah to please religious groups and audiences outside of the cut that director Darren Aronofsky put together. But since their attempts proved to fare no better than the cut from the filmmaker himself, they let Aronofsky continue with what he was doing without interference. But the film is still getting some criticism for not being accurate to the Biblical source material, so in one final effort to reassure the naysayers, there's an extended featurette utilizing scenes from the film, behind the scenes footage and talking heads with screenwriter Ari Handel, the film's Biblical advisor John Snowden, and producer Phil Cooke, who made the video. Watch below!

Here's the featurette on the Biblical accuracy of Noah from Cooke Pictures (via The Film Stage):

In Darren Aronofsky's take on the Biblical tale, Noah (Russell Crowe) suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge, and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Paramount/New Regency are behind the project, being produced by Aronofsky & Protozoa Pictures partner Scott Franklin with Mary Parent. Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel wrote the script, with a revision by John Logan before production. The cast includes Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins. Paramount has Aronofsky's Noah scheduled to hit theaters everywhere starting March 28th this year. See the first trailers.

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


I guess this explains Crowe's bizarre tweets to the Pope, appealing for a viewing. He or the production team must've been sending such invites to Christian leaders everywhere. Seems like a good idea - except the Vatican still specializes in providing official interpretation, and still doesn't shine on the uninitiated ¨asking questions.¨ (film looks great. Personally, I'm excited!)

Django9000 on Mar 24, 2014


the story is impossible, but make the movie of a fake event that never happened, that's a double whammy, and the Pope kept it real.

morello on Mar 25, 2014



crystaltowers on Mar 24, 2014


uuuhhhh, Rock people.nephrim talking with the intelligence of cavemen, Creator/nature replaces GOD, God does not speak to Noah, Noah is a psychopath at times wanting to kill his family and hates mankind, Noah is cursed to slave at the project, mankind is at fault of destroying the ecology, Noah touts evolutionism not intelligent design, ..... Accuracy the studio says, suuuuuurre. Lets make it clear, It's God, not mother nature, God appointed Noah because he was righteous in a world that was not, Mankind was the problem, not being punished due polluting the Earth, God/Intelligent design, Noah is righteous and loving, blessed by God to take this task on, and finally I would not push the nephrim/angels as dumb down rock people myself for artistic purposes or any other reason. All the anti-biblical principles being used against Christians right now to tear it apart put in a studio touting "accurate" film. This is why Hollywood fails at Christian themed films and why they have to try to then sell something as it is not. Shame on them for saying this is accurate to the bible. 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, Romans 16:17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.

JB1794 on Mar 24, 2014


It's important to remember that this is one filmmaker's interpretation of the story, no doubt with a mandate by the studio to make it accessible to general audiences. And he is making "Noah" for a 2014 audience. There are a lot of us out there who are not religious at all, and many others who are religious to some degree but do not literally believe the story of Noah's Ark. If they took a fundamentalist approach, the film would likely have a smaller potential audience. I certainly would not be interested in watching this story as it is literally told in the bible - I'm sure enough suspension of disbelief will be required as it is. Also, don't take this as a personal attack - but the religious folks complaining about the movie (which they haven't seen yet) should be happy a major studio shelled out $100+ million and made a movie about Noah at all. From my point of view it's one of the most ridiculous stories I've ever heard, to think people actually believe this story as if it were literally true is just simply beyond my comprehension.

John M on Mar 24, 2014


Perhaps you skipped over the issue I noted: "All the anti-biblical principles being used against Christians right now to tear it apart put in a studio touting "accurate" film" The left uses evolution, banning the frank discussion of intelligent design (which, by the way evolution in scientific study needs more faith than faith to intelligent design, if one actually studied the subject scientifically, thus the banning of discussion), man made warming, dumb down religious icons, making a loving character a psychopath, making a righteous character a persecuted character representative of dreaded mankind... taking all of this into consideration, you just might consider why Christians rather that the film NOT be made than have the leftist Hollywood lend "their artistic views" to such. It is not just another point of view but a veiled attack on the religion and those who know their religion do take offense to such. !00 million shows the commitment they are willing to take in a loss to take a slap at Christianity. Finally, while on the validity of the story, science and archeology backs up that there was a great flood and of disconnected cultures around the world noting such as well geological studies pointing to such.

JB1794 on Mar 25, 2014


That a great flood occurred, at about the same time, isn't really debated anymore. That one person from one culture was chosen to not only start the repopulation of the earth through incest, but also to grab "two of every animal" - which would also be through inbreeding which is shown to be very detrimental in the vast majority of species? That's what most non-Christians, and even many Christians, find implausible. Early man wouldn't have known if an event elsewhere in the world created tidal waves or displacement of ocean (say, if there was a real Atlantis in the Atlantic Ocean that sank) would have affected their water levels so drastically. Much that was called magic in our past, is now called science. I haven't seen much, if anything, that was called science being reverted back to magic.

VAharleywitch on Mar 25, 2014


"which, by the way evolution in scientific study needs more faith than faith to intelligent design, if one actually studied the subject scientifically, thus the banning of discussion" uh...no

Philip J. Fry on Mar 25, 2014


how about the real story *ehem* Noah was an alien, the boat a space ship, the animals were DNA samples. If it was real, forget the millions of animals on a boat or the ludacris panda diet (heard that from a comedian), but there was incest after this, Noah had to repopulate the earth with his kids right? Am i right? So..yeah, never happened.

morello on Mar 25, 2014


I really feel like this was a mistake of Aronosky's. I mean I know he will do a good job, but the material just seems so out of line. I guess that is what makes him so good. Boyle/Aronofsky two peas in a pod in that sense.

DAVIDPD on Mar 24, 2014


So only caucasian people were allowed to give insight into the story of Noah?

cg on Mar 24, 2014


Shut up

Daniel_Plainview_Milkshake on Mar 24, 2014



cg on Mar 25, 2014


This movie looks like a lot of disaster cheese dressed up in religion.

cobrazombie on Mar 24, 2014


Mankind has only ever vacationed on land. We will show them a new way. SUPER BOAT!!!!

Richie G on Mar 25, 2014


lady, this movie won't change my life, i won't see it. As much as i like Crowe and Noah story, this feels stupid and unnecessary. David and the goliath next? sheesh.

morello on Mar 25, 2014


The only interesting thing about this movie is the silly subject matter and that much of the human race actually literally believes this happened. I tell ya, human beings will just about believe anything that's told to them; especially if it's taught and drummed into them from early childhood on. That anyone could actually believe some guy was sent down from some other superior guy to die for their sins and then raise from the dead is so stupendiously foolish is, to say the least, very difficult to understand for any free thinking, intelligent, grown up person. If you believe anything, anything that you can't prove for yourself you are in big trouble and living a deluded and false life. A guy, the only guy in the history of mankind, raises from the dead; some guy builds a big boat and puts 2 of each animal species on it; another guy parts the Red Sea; a woman doesn't have sex yets has a child; one can go on and on with these ridiculous stories that human beings are taught to believe. Man oh man...any alien species that might exist would have a field day with this type of idiocy in which humans believe in. Hell, as I've said, any person who really thinks for themselves can see how childish and immature all these beliefs are. But hey, to each his own. I won't push my views down your throat and it's best if you don't try to push yours down mine....as has been the case with this type of nonsense since I was a child. Along with Santa Claus whom they eventually told me they'd been lying about all along. Ha! I never quite believed them anyway. lol...really...ya gotta lol....

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