WorstPreviews.com Logo Join the community [Login / Register]
Follow WorstPreviews.com on Twitter
What\ News Coming Soon In Theaters On DVD Trailer,Posters,Pictures,Wallpapers, Screensavers PeliBlog.com Trivia/Quizzes
News/Headlines
Trailer for "Midnight Special" Sci-Fi Film, with Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton
Nov 23rd, 2015
Trailer for "Central Intelligence" Comedy, with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart
Nov 23rd, 2015
Trailer for Melissa McCarthy's "The Boss" Comedy
Nov 23rd, 2015
Trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona's "A Monster Calls"
Nov 23rd, 2015
First Look at "Central Intelligence" Comedy, with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart
Nov 19th, 2015
Trailer for "Zoolander 2" Arrives Online
Nov 19th, 2015
Official Trailer for "Now You See Me" Sequel
Nov 19th, 2015
Trailer for Chris Hemsworth's "The Huntsman: Winter's War"
Nov 19th, 2015
Trailer for Keanu Reeves' "Exposed" Thriller
Nov 19th, 2015
First Look at Chris Pine on "Wonder Woman" Set
Nov 16th, 2015
Ridley Scott Reveals Another Title for "Prometheus" Sequel
Nov 16th, 2015
Gerard Butler is a God in "Gods of Egypt" Posters
Nov 16th, 2015
First Look at Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's "Silence"
Nov 16th, 2015
New Trailer for "The Divergent Series: Allegiant"
Nov 16th, 2015
Trailer for "Moonwalkers" Comedy, with Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint
Nov 16th, 2015
Trailer for Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa" Stop-Motion Film
Nov 3rd, 2015
Poster for "Warcraft" Arrives Online, Trailer Coming on Friday
Nov 3rd, 2015
There's a Good Reason Why Luke Skywalker Isn't on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Poster
Nov 2nd, 2015
First Trailer for Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Brothers Grimsby" Comedy
Nov 2nd, 2015
"Spectre" Breaks Box Office Records Overseas
Nov 2nd, 2015
Final Trailer for Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea," with Chris Hemsworth
Nov 2nd, 2015
New Photos From "Warcraft" Video Game Movie
Nov 2nd, 2015
Lots of New Photos From "Suicide Squad"
Oct 30th, 2015
Trailer for "Dirty Grandpa" Comedy, with Robert De Niro and Zac Efron
Oct 30th, 2015
Sandra Bullock to Star in Female Version of "Ocean's Eleven"
Oct 30th, 2015
Trailer for Jared Hess' "Don Verdean" Comedy, with Sam Rockwell
Oct 30th, 2015
"Indiana Jones" Producer Says Harrison Ford Will Not Be Recast
Oct 28th, 2015
Trailer for Adam Sandler's "The Ridiculous 6" Comedy
Oct 28th, 2015
"The Walking Dead" Fan Kills Friend Who Turned Into a Zombie
Oct 28th, 2015
Another "Monopoly" Movie in the Works
Oct 28th, 2015
"Jumanji" Remake Hires "Con Air" Writer
Oct 26th, 2015
Disney's "Tower of Terror" Park Ride Movie Moving Forward
Oct 26th, 2015
Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright Team for "Fortunately, the Milk"
Oct 26th, 2015
Previous News Stories Next News Stories

"Noah" Test Screenings Don't Go Well, Darren Aronofsky Doesn't Care

Posted: October 16th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Noah" Test Screenings DonSubmit Comment
When Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan) announced that he wants to make a movie about Noah's Ark, many studios quickly passed, mostly due to the film's $140 million price tag. But the director kept pushing and eventually raised the money.

Now that the film has been shot and set to hit theaters on March 28th, Paramount Pictures is testing it in major markets and is not liking what's its hearing from audiences. Apparently there are plenty of issues with the movie, including a terrible third act.

The studio passed its many notes to Aronofsky, but the director is refusing to make any changes. "Darren is not made for studio films," said a talent agent with ties to the project. "He's very dismissive. He doesn't care about [Paramount's] opinion."

Details of those notes were not released, but according to early reports, "Noah" veers very far away from biblical texts. In fact, one early review of the script states that the movie is about an "environmentalist wacko."

Source: THR


Bookmark and Share
You must be registered to post comments. Login or Register.
Displaying 24 comment(s) Profanity: Turn On
boogiel writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 8:22:03 AM

Uh-oh. That doesn't sound good. Maybe they don't like the part where Noah fell into a drunken stupor.
Mudders writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 8:28:56 AM

im guessing the real noah was an environmentalist wacko to begin with anyways

the bible tends to blur reality a bit
BadChadB33 writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 8:37:24 AM

Who cares not watching it anyway.
Cannon writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 8:47:00 AM


Yeah, because there's nothing wacko about the bible. Whatever. A filmmaker reduced to making films for graph charts and test-screeners is no longer a filmmaker.

I'm not saying that Aronofsky has made a masterpiece no matter what, but, either way, let the film stand on its own two feet. If want something that is purely a "product", I'll go to f*cking MacDonalds ...or rent me some Space Buddies.

Feeno writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 9:21:03 AM

Did Noah take that Arc and go fighting round the world?
BJsforeveryone writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 9:28:15 AM

LOL Feeno :)
SACdaddy writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 9:45:46 AM

Wasn't interested in the Biblical sh*t at all, so this news actually has me more intrigued about the direction DA took the film. Sounds like the test audience didn't get the Bible thumping story we've all heard a billion times before, which is fine by me. I trust DA more than any studio board of beancounting number-crunchers anyway and love when a director takes a creative stand (for better or worse).
minkowski writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 10:36:17 AM

Great. A movie about a guy who makes a boat to save his family and some animals from a flood is turned into GreenPeace: The Movie.

Yeah, what could go wrong there?
minkowski writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 10:40:16 AM

"Sounds like the test audience didn't get the Bible thumping story we've all heard a billion times before, which is fine by me."

As ignorant as always, Sac.

The story of Noah is actually quite old, older than Genesis, and though the narrative is found within the Bible, it's actually more of a diluted historical record spiced up with religious connotations. In fact, the notion of a man building a boat to save his family and some animals is in all likelihood rooted in fact, not religious superstition, and I say this not as of my own opinion but of the opinion of numerous non-Biblical historical authorities, with whim I agree (obviously).

If I can appreciate the history of the Bible, as an atheist, why can't you and other people do the same?
velocityknown writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 11:08:20 AM

Well, The Fountain was divisive too and I enjoyed that quite a bit.

Also. I'm not saying that Aronofsky has the right to refuse to make any changes when the movie was funded by the studio, but what did they expect? They know what kind of director he is and they have him $140 million. That's more on them than it is on him.
Patrick Bateman writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 11:12:04 AM

its based off a graphic novel anyway and everyone knows its DA and it wont appear normal to most screen testings I just say have faith in his track record which in my opinion is very consistent
Dannoral writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 11:33:58 AM

he did a comic first, released in Europe because the studios didn't want it.
Indeed, far from the Bible, but waaaay funnier ! (more like mad max with four-arm giants)
warriors187 writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 11:34:13 AM

Some could argue near perfect. DA has only done 5 movies, and they've all been amazing. Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors. It would have been very interesting to see what he could have done with Wolverine.
velocityknown writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 12:06:35 PM

Also, I think it's important to remember Steven Soderbergh's thoughts on test screenings during this time:

"You know, we had a trailer for Side Effects that we did in London and the filmmaking team really, really liked it. But the problem was that it was not testing well, and it was really not testing as well as this domestic trailer that we had. The point spread was so significant that I really couldn抰 justify trying to jam this thing down distributor抯 throats, so we had to abandon it. Now look, not all testing is bad. Sometimes you have to, especially on a comedy. There抯 nothing like 400 people who are not your friends to tell you when something抯 wrong. I just don抰 think you can use it as the last word on a movie抯 playability, or its quality. Magic Mike tested poorly. Really poorly. And fortunately Warner Brothers just ignored the test scores, and stuck with their plan to open the movie wide during the summer."

And Magic Mike's domestic gross was $113 million by the way.


minkowski writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 12:19:08 PM

Funny thing is, America is one of the most religious Western nations.

f*cking with Noah might not be the best idea.
SoftimusPrime writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 12:43:41 PM

Who gives a sh*t about test screenings?! They don't do sh*t. Many films that've tested well have flopped and vice versa.

Test audiences hated Who Framed Roger Rabbit but Zemeckis said he wasn't changing a thing and he was right.

Besides, it's a film by Aronofsky. It's going to be art.
minkowski writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 12:47:52 PM

Studios don't give a f*ck about art. They care about money. Where the f*ck have you been?
coldplayesence writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 3:29:03 PM

The important question for me is, is there a lesbian scene? If not, maybe there's the problem.
velocityknown writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 3:41:49 PM

Also, if you go read the article that Alex doesn't link to (big surprise) you'll see that it mentions nothing about "terrible third act" but rather that the studio wants an exciting 3rd act that doesn't alienate the potentially huge Christian audience.
OneTime writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 6:26:29 PM

im glad...all religion should be banned anyway..
SoftimusPrime writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 8:12:05 PM

Well of course they don't give a sh*t about art especially with a movie this big, but that's also exactly why it's nice to have at least someone stand up to their vision and not dance to every f*cking tune the execs say. Good for him.
cress writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 8:19:52 PM

The Mesopotamian flood stories concern the epics of燴iusudra,燝ilgamesh, and燗trahasis. In theSumerian King List, it relies on the flood motif to divide its history into爌reflood燼nd postflood periods. The preflood kings had enormous lifespans, whereas postflood lifespans were much reduced. The燬umerian flood myth爁ound in the燚eluge tablet爓as the epic of Ziusudra, who heard the Divine Counsel to destroy humanity, in which he constructed a vessel that delivered him from great waters.[2]營n the Atrahasis version, the flood is a river flood.[3]Assyriologist燝eorge Smith爐ranslated the燘abylonian燼ccount of the Great Flood in the 19th Century. Further discoveries produced several versions of the燤esopotamian爁lood myth, with the account that is closest to that in燝enesis񃇣 found in a 700 BC Babylonian copy of the燛pic of Gilgamesh. In this work, the hero,燝ilgamesh, meets the immortal man,燯tnapishtim, and the latter describes how the god,燛a, instructed him to build a huge vessel in anticipation of a deity-created flood that would destroy the world; the vessel was not only intended for Utnapishtim, but was built to also protect his family, his friends and animals.[4]In燞indu mythology, texts such as the燬atapatha Brahmana爉ention the爌uranic爏tory of a great flood,[5]爓herein the燤atsya燗vatar爋f燰ishnu爓arns the first man,燤anu, of the impending flood, and also advises him to build a giant boat.[6][7][8]In the燝enesis flood narrative,燳ahweh燿ecides to flood the earth because of the depth of the sinful state of mankind. Righteous燦oah爄s given instructions to build燼n ark. When the ark is completed, Noah, his family, and representatives of all the animals of the earth are called upon to enter the ark. When the destructive flood begins, all life outside of the ark perishes. After the waters recede, all those aboard the ark disembark and have God's promise that He will never judge the earth with a flood again. He gives the爎ainbow燼s the sign of this promise.燵9]In燩lato's燭imaeus,燭imaeus爏ays that because the Bronze race of Humans had been making wars constantly Zeus got angered and decided to punish humanity by a flood. Prometheus the Titan knew of this and told the secret to燚eucalion, advising him to build an ark in order to be saved. After 9 nights and days the water started receding and the arc was landed at mountParnassus.[10]
Source: Wiki

I read that Aronofsky showed footage to a largely Christian crowd in July. I wonder how many Christian's have heard of the various tales of a great flood, from other cultures, some of which pre-date the biblical text? Maybe it might help them to question their beliefs.
Probably not. They'll just say satan made up those stories to deceive mankind from the one true god and his son, Jesus Christ blah blah blah.....
cress writes:
on October 16th, 2013 at 8:29:12 PM

I think the Bible, as well as other "tales", do have some historical truths in them, but they are buried underneath layers of mumbo-jumbo. The facts have been changed, omitted, or are flat-out fiction in some cases. The story of a great flood is believable because of all the other accounts from various cultures. It's just been molded to work within various cultures and religions.
Dreamcast writes:
on October 17th, 2013 at 1:23:17 AM

It's "The Fountain" meets "Evan Almighty" starring Russell Crowe. How bad could it be?

There goes the last time a studio ever hands Darren Aronofsky a blank check (and the last hope of an Aronofsky-directed Batman movie with it).

There's a Good Reason Why Luke Skywalker Isn't on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Poster

"The Walking Dead" Fan Kills Friend Who Turned Into a Zombie

"Indiana Jones" Producer Says Harrison Ford Will Not Be Recast

Ridley Scott Reveals Another Title for "Prometheus" Sequel

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Demolishes Pre-Sale Records

Paul Bettany Responds to Jason Statham's "Avengers" Insult

Daniel Craig Would Rather Commit Suicide Than Return as James Bond

"Spectre" Breaks Box Office Records Overseas

Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright Team for "Fortunately, the Milk"

Marvel Has Contingency Plans In Case It Regains Rights to Superheroes
Lace Wedding Dresses from ViViDress UK online shop, buy with confidence and cheap price.
WorstPreviews.com hosted by pair Networks WorstPreviews.com
Hosted by pair Networks
News Feeds | Box Office | Movie Reviews | Buzz: Top 100 | Popularity: Top 100
Poster Store | About Us | Advertising | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Web Tools | Site Map
Copyright © 2009 WorstPreviews.com. All rights reserved