Putting the tale of Noah on the big screen was always going to be a task of Biblical proportions, but it seems Darren Aronofsky's Noah may have run aground.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aronofsky and backing studio Paramount are at loggerheads regarding the final cut of the movie. It seems test audiences were not as receptive to Noah as was hoped. THR reported:
In recent weeks, the studio has held test screenings for key groups that might take a strong interest in the subject matter: in New York (for a largely Jewish audience), in Arizona (Christians) and in Orange County, Calif. (general public). All are said to have generated troubling reactions. But sources say Aronofsky has been resistant to Paramount's suggested changes. "Darren is not made for studio films," says a talent rep with ties to the project. "He's very dismissive. He doesn't care about [Paramount's] opinion."
In these sort of disputes, I usually side with the director. I'm one of those annoying types who believes in a purity of creative vision, as opposed to something merely being made to squeeze as much money out of as many key demographics as possible. But then again, that's probably why I'm quite poor and unsuccessful...
Having said that, if Noah did perform so badly with test audiences, perhaps some alterations are needed.
What do you think? Who do you side with in this dispute? Let us know below.