Wait, there’s a new Noah movie premiering on Sunday?

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Remember that Noah movie the BBC was producing? The one I mentioned back in May? My friend Matt Page noted today that the BBC finally released a trailer for it last Saturday, and that the film will premiere in the U.K. on March 30.

Mere hours after I read Matt’s post, however, I discovered that the very same film is premiering in the United States this coming Sunday on Up TV.

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The chronological Noah: an illustrated integration of the three origin stories in Darren Aronofsky’s film

There are two Creation stories in Genesis, and the details don’t always mesh. Likewise, there are three origin stories in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah — the opening prologue, the story of the Watchers told by Og, and the story of Creation and the Fall told by Noah — and the details there don’t always fit together all that comfortably, either.

Films, children’s books and other retellings of the Creation story sometimes integrate the two Genesis stories by omitting some details and rearranging the rest, so that, for example, Adam names the animals and Eve is taken from Adam’s rib (a la Genesis 2) before God tells the man and woman to be fruitful and multiply (a la Genesis 1).

Similarly, I thought it might be fun to take the three origin stories in Noah and weave them together into a single narrative that shows the creation and fall of the Watchers and early humans together. The screencaps below are only a sampling of the images from these sequences, but I have kept every word that accompanied them.

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Watch: The trailer for animated film Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

oopsnoahisgone2Yet another animated film about Noah’s Ark, told from the point of view of the animals, is in the works. In fact, according to Variety, it is already pretty much finished, and will premiere in Germany this summer before going elsewhere.

The film is called Ooops! Noah Is Gone… and it concerns two creatures called Nestrians — a father and a son — who are not allowed on the Ark but sneak aboard anyway with the involuntary help of a mother and daughter called Grymps. The kids end up falling overboard, and it’s up to their parents to turn the Ark around and save them from all the predators out there.

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The character from the biblical story of Moses who appeared in Noah but not in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Quick trivia question: Which character from the biblical story of Moses appears in the movie Noah but not in Exodus: Gods and Kings? The answer is below the jump.

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The thematic and visual links between Noah and Darren Aronofsky’s earlier films: a gallery

vlcsnap-2014-10-03-16h13m51s23The six films made by Darren Aronofsky to date all tackle different genres and subjects, but they also have some striking things in common.

For one thing, they have generally been made by the same creative team, including composer Clint Mansell (who has scored all six of Aronofsky’s films), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (who has shot all of Aronofsky’s films except for The Wrestler) and a number of recurring actors (such as Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn and especially Mark Margolis).

But the films also have some thematic overlaps. As I mentioned in my review of Noah for Books & Culture, Aronofsky films often dwell on the notion that it is impossible to touch perfection and survive. They also tend to revolve around characters who are obsessed with something, often to the characters’ detriment. And more often than not, they tend to make references to the Bible, some more pronounced than others.

And that brings us to Noah. When the film came out, a number of critics (such as The Playlist’s Drew Taylor) noted that it had some striking things in common with The Fountain in particular. But Noah actually harks back — visually and thematically — to pretty much all of Aronofsky’s earlier films to one degree or another.

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Unified Pictures announces its Noah’s Ark cartoon… again…

noahsark-unifiedUnified Pictures announced today that John Stevenson, one of the directors of the original Kung Fu Panda, will direct an animated version of Noah’s Ark for them, and that the film will be completed two years from now, in 2016.

None of that is news, though, to anyone who has been following this film. Stevenson’s involvement with the film was first announced in March 2013, and Unified Pictures has been saying the film will be ready in two years ever since it was first announced in 2007. Maybe what’s new now is that Stevenson will direct the film by himself; today’s press release makes no mention of Cameron Hood, who was announced as co-director last year.

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