Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hollywood finds Jesus...and Noah


First picture to come from the Darren Aronofsky's
Twitter post on building the set for "Noah."

In the land of reboots and sequels, Hollywood is starting to turn its attention to more biblical fare and not from the people you would expect. Both Sir Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg are working on separate Moses projects, “Men in Black” star, Will Smith, is planning a Cain and Abel film, and Paul Verhoeven, director of “Basic Instinct,” is said to make “Jesus of Nazareth.”

The director who is getting the most buzz these days though is Darren Aronofsky, who is working on a huge blockbuster gamble with the story of Noah. Creating a biblical story doesn’t seem to be a natural choice for Aronofsky, who rose to widespread fame with the Oscar-winning “Black Swan,” but he is “all in” for this project.

While many movies rely on “green screen” special effects, “Noah” will feature a lot more practical sets and backdrops. “If Aronofsky’s goal is to hue as closely as possible to classic Biblical epics such as “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben-Hur,” the sheer size and scope of his Ark suggest he’s on the right track,” says Screen Rant. In a recent Twitter post by Aronosky, he tweeted, “I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it's a reality. Genesis 6:14” with the picture shown on this page.

Also, what is unique about this new production is who’s in it. Russell Crowe has signed on to play Noah, Sir Anthony Hopkins will play Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah and two will be joined by Ray Winstone and Harry Potter star, Emma Watson.

It is too soon to tell how similar this new “Noah” film will be to the biblical classics of the ‘50s given the fact that Aronosky’s style tends to be a surreal and artistic if not disturbing.

Noah is set to hit theaters on March 28, 2014 so don’t buy your tickets just yet. 
(Originally posted on Examiner.com)

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