Next year's box office smash: the story of Noah
Hollywood's first Bible epic in 50 years stars Russell Crowe
Picture: The Guardian/Niko Tavernise/Paramount Pictures
- Ben Child for The Guardian
- August 23, 2013
First footage of Darren Aronofsky's Noah has been screened for Christian film fans at a church conference in Texas, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The story of the chosen one who escapes a terrible flood with a menagerie of animals is not due to hit cinemas until March 2014.
In a video introduction which was briefly posted online but later removed, Aronofsky talks about how a poem he wrote about Noah while in the seventh grade (aged 12 or 13) won a competition for its author to read it at the United Nations. The subsequent experience inspired the film-maker to pursue a career as a writer.
"Noah's very much been a patron saint in my life leading me toward my creative endeavours," Aronofsky told the audience at the Echo church conference, which - according to the festival's website - is a meeting place for artists, geeks and storytellers. Aronofsky added that he hoped to stay as close as possible to the words of the Bible.
"I'm excited that Hollywood has finally agreed to make the first biblical epic in almost 50 years," he said. "It's been a long time since Bible movies were on the screen, and there's been a lot of advancements in technology and special effects, and maybe that's the reason why Noah's never been attempted on the big screen before, because of the size and scale of the deluge and all the different animals … But now, finally, with Hollywood's help, we can actually do this and bring it to life."
Noah stars Russell Crowe as the title character, with Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, his famously long-lived grandfather.
Source: The Guardian