Between humanity and God: the violence of Noah

With the actual film due to come out in just a couple weeks — indeed, it had its world premiere just two nights ago — you might think that people would be less inclined to dwell on that early draft of the Noah screenplay that leaked a couple years ago and wait for the finished film.

But no. Today, The Wrap posted a review of the script by Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, and it covers much of the same territory that has been covered by other early critics of the script. (Among other things, he assumes, as others have, that the film endorses rather than critiques the main character’s environmental extremism.)

He does make one point, however, that is worth pondering. [Read more...]

Noah: a new graphic novel cover, and seven new posters

Yes, this is my fourth Noah-themed post in 24 hours. What can I say, things are ramping up.

The latest item is an Entertainment Weekly article in which Darren Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel discuss the graphic novel that comes out March 18 (the same day as the two novelizations). Along with a few quotes from both writers, Entertainment Weekly also has the North American cover art for the graphic novel, which is just slightly different from the cover art that accompanied the Image Comics announcement last month.

One thing Aronofsky mentions in the article is that he actually started developing Noah with a movie studio (which he doesn’t identify) over a decade ago, and the project even started to “pick up steam around 2006” — but then a regime change at the studio scuttled everyone’s plans. (Although he doesn’t mention it, the fact that Aronofsky’s The Fountain stalled at the box office around that time, and that Universal was preparing its own Noah-themed Evan Almighty for release in 2007, might have also contributed to the studio’s cold feet.)

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New Noah interviews, plus an update on the soundtrack

There are now less than ten weeks to go before Darren Aronofsky’s Noah comes to a theatre near you. And to mark the occasion, Hollywood Jesus posted an item with quotes from what seem to be new interviews with Aronofsky himself as well as co-writer Ari Handel and producers Mary Parent and Cale Boyter.

In the first quote, Handel plays the “accuracy” card, and says that he and Aronofsky consulted experts while “tweaking” and developing the script:
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The Noah trailers: a shot-by-shot analysis

It can be fascinating to see how the same movie is marketed to different audiences. Is Noah a family man of prayer, as the trailers that have played at various church conferences suggest? Or is he an action hero who wields weapons in self-defense, as the just-released international trailer suggests? Well, in Darren Aronofsky’s hands, he appears to be both — and that’s just one of several fascinating ways in which the trailers for Noah are sending different signals to their various markets.

What follows is a shot-by-shot analysis of the two trailers that were released today, focusing primarily on the North American trailer, but continuing with some screen-caps from the international trailer and a note about the elements in the church-conference trailers that were not included in these new trailers.

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A few brief thoughts on the screenplay for Noah

In all the years that I’ve been writing about film, I have read only a few screenplays before seeing the films in question. Last week I added Darren Aronofsky’s Noah to that very short list.

The script I read is credited to Aronofsky and Ari Handel and seems to be identical to the one that has already been reviewed by Christian screenwriter Brian Godawa and Hitfix columnist Drew McWeeny. However, I don’t want to say too much about it here, because it seems we’ve all read an earlier draft than the one that was used to make the actual film.

For one thing, when Paramount announced two years ago that it was going to produce the film, they also announced that John Logan had been hired to rewrite the script — yet his name appears nowhere on the undated screenplay that I read. For another, there have been reports for almost a year now that Ray Winstone will be playing a “nemesis” of Noah’s named Tubal-Cain — and yet there is no character by that name in the screenplay that I read.

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