‘Noah’ Is a Big, Non-Religious Event Says Darren Aronofsky

The director would not address rumors that Christian Bale is being sought for this Biblical epic.

Darren Aronofsky gives more Noah details
Darren Aronofsky gives more Noah details
Earlier this month, we reported that Darren Aronofsky's next project will be the biblical tale Noah, after he dropped out of directing The Wolverine back in March. The director recently gave some more details on Noah, stating he doesn't believe it is exactly a religious story.

"I don't think it's a very religious story. I think it's a great fable that's part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it's a great story that's never been on film."

The director also believes this story, a big-budget re-telling of the Noah's Ark story, is his shot at helming a large-scale, massive production.

"I want to make a big event film, and I think it can be that."

We also reported last week that Christian Bale is being eyed to play the title character, although the director did not respond to that story.

"No comment."

Noah will be made on an estimated $130 million budget, although no studios have signed on yet to finance. Our report from a few weeks ago indicated that New Regency, Paramount, Fox, and Summit are all circling the project.

Noah was released March 28th, 2014 and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky.

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  1. Gandoff

    @rudy I would welcome a new age approach to religious movies. Look at Passions of the Christ. It was brutal with how real it was. For that was how it truly was. I loved the old Heston movies. But the stories was not a PG style story. If Darren wants to make a film on the religious story of Noah, and make it as say Passions, then I am on board. But so far, any information on this movie, has show he is trying to distance himself from what Noah is. I want him to either make Noah, or just make a "biblical" era movie about a great flood which is not animals 2 by 2 and ECT. So he should just decided what he is going to do and not tippy toe around the subject. In the end, his words on the movie, like shown above, will upset those who want to and would see this movie due to its possiable connections to the biblical story.

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  2. Rudy

    @gandoff Well phrased. Then I ask you this, could it be that he's making a religious movie in an atheistic standpoint?

    4 years agoby @rudyFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    So? I'm still watching it. Religion won't keep me from anything.

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. Mr_Jellyfish

    Well, Aronofsky hasn't let me down so far. I'm betting the film will be spiritual but won't be tied down to any particular religion. My only concern is that the Noah fable is one without morals, it essentially tells the story of a cruel and malicious deity who kills most life on earth for not conforming to his rules. I hope Aronofsky finds some sense of hope in this story!

    4 years agoby @mr-jellyfishFlag

  5. T.Clark

    Who the f*ck cares? Just watch the damn movie lol

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  6. Gandoff

    @rudy The the story is not Noah. Noah is a pure biblical story. If its just about the act of a great flood, then it could be based on any form of the story found in other cultures. They have proven threw science that a great flood took place in the middle east, during the same time the story of Noah took place. So they could even make it about a major flood in that same area. But to use the name, idea's of two animals each, ect; that makes it a religious film.

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  7. Diaigma

    Interesting way of looking at it. Curious about this project.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  8. SpaceCowboy

    It's Aronosfsky, so I'll pass.

    4 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  9. bud2fresh

    @truvision82 lol i can hear it now "GET TO THA BOAT AAGAGGGA" :)

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  10. bud2fresh

    @cupid I'm with you on this one

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  11. thedude-abides

    @seawolf63 Thanks, friend.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. Dan

    To back up what @rudy is saying....


    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. Nicholaus XX

    Long as it's not as preachy as "The Book Of Eli", I'm good.

    4 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  14. Dan

    You know what they should do? Team up Emmerich with Aronofsky lol. Let Emmerich run wild with his SFX stuff, which he's pretty good at, and let Aronofsky tell the story and direct the people. It could work. The flood scenes would look amazing, coupled with excellent story/acting.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  15. Rudy

    @gandoff As I stated below, the story of Noah isn't just a christian story, it's found all over the place with different cultures around the world. So it isn't unique to just the bible. Christians, Catholics can say all they want about the bible, but Aronofsky can follow the story whichever way he wants, because not only is the story found in so many different cultures, but in many different forms as well.

    4 years agoby @rudyFlag

  16. Dan

    @narrator Gosh, I think I'm gonna have to go with Hanna Montana on that one :P

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. the Narrator

    Lol, btw. Movieweb's "Face-off" just made the comparisons of The Hannah Montana Movie and Terminator Salvation. Thought that was a bit funny.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  18. the Narrator

    Actually, saying no comment doesn't necessarily mean anything. He may very well wish to keep the ruse going, which would add discussion among the moviebuff masses concerning the movie, in turn generating a soon to be disappointed but hooked profit. Not sure if you follow, but yeah, it's late.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag


    Being that arnold swarchennegor is older now, i think he would be good for the part of Noah. He's not as big anymore and could deliver the character well, lets no forget him in conan.

    4 years agoby @truvision82Flag

  20. Seawolf63

    @thedude-abides I also agree with your comment... very well said.

    4 years agoby @seawolf63Flag

  21. Gandoff

    lol. Someone should clue Darren into the fact that Noah is a extremely religious story. lol. The entire basis is a man, is told by god to build a giant ship to house animals and a few people to survive the great floor. So how can he make it not "religious"?

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  22. thedude-abides

    Lol, @dan1. I need to read up on that as well.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  23. Dan

    @thedude-abides@daveactor7 I've been meaning to see/read the Dead Sea Scrolls personally, I want to see what was controversial about them, specifically. I know bit details, but not the entire stories.

    Which I'll be able to do easily soon enough...


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  24. thedude-abides

    @dan1 I've seen things like this before. I saw something on the History Channel years ago when I was in like, 7th grade, of a satellite image of what appeared to be the stern of a gigantic wooden ark protruding from the high altitude snows of Mount Ararat. Surreal stuff.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  25. Daveactor7

    @dan1 good read. I saw that on Nat Geo channel.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  26. Dan

    @iamfratson@thedude-abides http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100428-noahs-ark-found-in-turkey-science-religion-culture/

    Fascinating read. Prob inaccurate though, as the site points out.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. thedude-abides

    @iamfratson Thanks, friend.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag


    @thedude-abides agree 100% nicely put.

    4 years agoby @iamfratsonFlag

  29. thedude-abides

    I think the whole religious aspect of this film is being blown way out of proportion. Most of the stories in the Bible themselves are parables -- stories told in prose in order to illustrate normative principles. Stories that we as a culture hold as true, but better serve us in terms of the respective lessons each story entails.

    The fact that some people hold these stories as 100% proven fact that should never be deviated from is somewhat impractical in my eyes. The truth of this film is that it's really no different from reading a childrens' version of the Bible, complete with pictures and over-simplified adaptations of each story, just on a more radical scale.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag


    anyways, im pumped for this. Bale would do a great job as Noah.

    4 years agoby @iamfratsonFlag

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