Noah: The Motion Picture

For those interested in the Bible as perceived and depicted in popular culture, the motion picture “Noah” that is in the works, starring Russell Crowe as Noah and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, is certainly one to keep an eye on.

The blog Remnants of Giants mentioned today that the movie will include extracanonical characters such as the Watchers, known to those who’ve read the Book of Enoch. The blog IO9 speculates on whether the movie will address why Noah didn’t find room for unicorns on the ark.

If the movie includes the infamous scene that occurs after Noah discovers the potent power of the grape that has undergone fermentation, then there may be at least one shot of Russell Crowe in the nude.

Whether the movie will be able to include that standard disclaimer that “no animals were harmed in the making of this movie” remains to be seen. Despite the simplicity with which the Biblical tale treats the matter, bringing two or seven of every animal together in a confined space is liable to lead to some serious carnage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592003242 Jerome Herr

    The graphic novel that this movie is based upon is simply brilliant and visually extraordinarily gorgeous. I worry about Russell Crowe being in the movie version though … :/ Are ‘the Watchers’ those giants from the graphic novel?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I am not sure since I have not read the graphic novel – but it sure sounds like I should! :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592003242 Jerome Herr

        You definitely should! :) Part 1 is available. I’m eagerly awaiting Part 2 and 3!!

  • Gary

    For some reason, I think this movie will end like an old (very old) Bob Newhart TV program. Russell Crowe, in the end, wakes up in his Australian home, and finds out he had been dreaming that he was Noah. The result of a pub crawl the night before, and his reading of the story of a drunk Noah in his childhood. But he wakes up next to Jennifer Connelly.

  • Georgia Lundeen

    This sounds kind of interesting…i like it. except for the whole flood part.

  • Dr. David Tee

    Secular producers, secular directors, secular writers and actors spells a recipe for disaster and untruth. Why doesn’t Mcgrath call these people liars as they are adding into the biblical passages? hmmm…smells like hypocrisy to me.
    Oh and there was a global flood.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      The Watchers are an ancient addition to the story, found in 1 Enoch, a book that is quoted in the Epistle of Jude and alluded to elsewhere in the New Testament. Once again, your hatred of anyone talking about the Bible honestly is telling. Why do you hate the Bible so?

      As for the global flood, are you one of those people who thinks that God sent a worldwide flood, and then created millions of microscopic life forms and killed them and compressed them to make enormous chalk beds like the white cliffs of Dover, in order to deceive people in our time by making the Earth look old, and then punish them for believing the evidence of his own creation?

  • Peter Kirk

    The producers of “Evan Almighty” managed to put together an impressive display of animals entering an ark, against the backdrop of beautiful Virginia (now my home) rather than flat Mesopotamia. I think they used a lot of real animals, as well as some CGI. If they could do it, then presumably the makers of “Noah” can do the same.


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