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April 23, 2012

Russell Crowe to Board the Ark

Academy Award winner to play Noah in Darren Aronofsky's film of the same name

Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions announced Sunday that Russell Crowe has been cast as Noah in Darren Aronofsky's feature film of the same name, to be released March 28. 2014.

In a press release, Aronofsky thanked Paramount and Regency "for backing my team's work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It's his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day."

The filmmakers promise "a close adaptation of the biblical story of Noah's Ark." The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and revised by John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo.)


"I don't think it's a very religious story,” Aronofsky said. “I think it's a great fable that's part of so many different religions and spiritual practices.”


A close adaptation huh? :(

As in the days of...

We can trust that "Noah's flood" did happen, because the Bible says so. I think that the main questions regarding Noah and the ark are (1) whether the flood did actually cover the entire earth or just part of it--portions of present-day Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, for example, and (2) whether the animals came from all over the earth or just those regions. The earth's population would have been quite small and not widespread at that time, so the flood might well have covered only what would have seemed like the "whole earth" to those inhabitants.

"I think it's a great fable... part of many different religions..."

*Many* religions???

Looks like we can count on a true-to-the-source retelling then, without some spin to serve another agenda?

*Not* a good way to gain Christian or Jewish audiences - or build credibility for the integrity of the work to come.

The story of Noah's Ark, properly understood, must be viewed through the lens of the the New Testament. It's a type of the plan of salvation and of God's judgment. Jesus said that, at His return, it would be just like in the days of Noah. The righteous will be rescued, and the wicked destroyed. Furthermore, in the Noah story, an eternal covenant is made with the animals, which represent Creation renewed and restored. Jesus will return to establish the eternal New Heaven and New Earth...the restoration of all of God's Creation. So it's a great story when viewed in the proper context of God's overall plan!

Oh this will be very interesting…

You can bet the filmmakers will try to walk the razor-thin line between not offending Christians, Jews, etc. and not offending…well, everyone else. I’m not surprised Aronofsky’s doing it, as he’s a bold filmmaker, but Noah’s Ark in this current American (well, to a degree, worldwide) spiritual climate is like playing with fire.

Sad but true: Expect a whole lot of generic spirituality and disappointment on the Evangelical side. They’ll want a plainly Christian telling, and Aronofsky certainly won’t do it. If his previous films are any indication, he’ll focus much on the internal struggle of Noah. Expect lots of human struggle and drama, and little solid, concrete theology.

Actually, I think Russel Crowe is a really good choice for that role. He has the right look and certainly the acting range. I am interested to see this movie.

With whose doing the work and the great talent of Crow we can expect a good movie. But I have to agree with those who doubt the authenticity of the story. Jesus said that he was the rock and when the doubters fell on Him they would be crushed. In other words, it is not for everyone. The story of Noah is what it says it is and not everyone will believe it. Some will even embellish it to fit their own belief. With that all said, I and many other will pay the ten bucks to go see it any way. And that is what Hollywood is counting on