Noah news round-up: novelizations, ratings, and more

Let’s keep this one brief.

The big Noah news today, of course, is that three books based on the film are now available for purchase: a regular novelization of the movie, a junior novelization that focuses on Noah’s daughter-in-law Ila, and a graphic novel that is based on an early draft of the script and is thus somewhat different from the movie.

If you can’t wait for the movie to learn all its spoilers, or if you want to study how the script evolved from the version that produced the graphic novel to the version that produced the novelizations, well, you’ve now got plenty of reading material to work with!

To help you get started, MTV has posted an excerpt from the junior novelization, Ila’s Story, which introduces the character as a wounded and orphaned little girl; it also introduces those fallen angels known as the Watchers. No pictures, alas.

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Noah news round-up: snubs from church leaders, props from Christians who have seen the film, and more

The European promo tour for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah soldiers on. Following the film’s Berlin premiere on Thursday, the filmmakers went to Madrid for another premiere tonight, while Russell Crowe attended his first Noah premiere at the other end of Europe, in Moscow; he had missed the previous events because he was shooting a movie in Turkey.

Alas, the European tour has already encountered one hiccup of sorts: Variety reported today that the Vatican has cancelled tentative plans for a photo op that would have featured Pope Francis and a few of the filmmakers, including Crowe and Aronofsky.

Crowe, via Twitter, had been openly asking the Pope to screen the film for a few weeks now, and the Vatican reportedly gave the idea enough consideration to set some time aside for a meeting on Wednesday; but they eventually decided against it because Crowe’s presence would be too distracting to the Vatican’s other visitors.

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Doves and desolate landscapes in the Noah graphic novel

The release of Noah is 75 days away… so here’s something quasi-related to the film that I haven’t mentioned here yet: Image Comics is going to publish an English version of the Noah graphic novel that Darren Aronofsky co-wrote while he was developing the screenplay a few years ago.

At least part of the graphic novel has been published in France already, and in the past I have posted images from the graphic novel that happen to depict the six-armed fallen angels known as the Watchers and the link between Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and Cain killing Abel.

I posted those images because they seemed to indicate what sorts of things we might find in Aronofsky’s movie. But in the Image Comics press release, Aronofsky himself cautions against expecting the comic to be all that similar to the movie, and he suggests that a fair bit of the comic might reflect the creative input of artist Niko Henrichon rather than any of the people who went on to work on the film:
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