Some potentially disasterous news about Darren Aronofsky's upcoming film, Noah: According to Vulture, director Aronofsky and distributor Paramount Pictures are "at odds" over editing Noah, after test screenings produced "worrisome results" and "troubling reactions." It's not too clear what these "troubling reactions" are, but The Hollywood Reporter specifies that the audiences were "in New York (largely Jewish), Arizona (Christian) and Orange County, Calif. (general public)."
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."
Dramatic. However, Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore had something different to say about the film: According to him, it's undergoing a "normal preview process" which will result in "one version of the movie that Darren is overseeing."
No word on if these setbacks will affect the release date of the film, which is currently set for March 28, 2014. Noah stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connolly, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.