Storm clouds are already hovering over Friday’s release of Paramount’s biblical film Noah, sparked by Christian groups who don’t appreciate the story being tinkered with in any form.
Russell Crowe stars as the man from the Book of Genesis who followed God’s specific order to build an ark that would save his family and every animal species from an apocalyptic flood. The film’s controversy began with early screenings for religious groups in October.
Word leaked that they reacted badly to the dramatic license taken by writer/director Darren Aronofsky, and Paramount was reportedly shaken by the feedback.
Studio exec Rob Moore was interviewed about the negative reaction in The Hollywood Reporter: In some cases, Moore says, “people had recollections of the story that weren’t actually correct.” For example, there was Noah’s ability to open and close the door to the ark.
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