The epic film ‘Noah’ has all eyes on one of the Christian faith’s most beloved stories in the Bible.
The story of Noah and the Ark will be on full display when Russell Crowe and Paramount Pictures attempt to bring the story to life using big Hollywood effects.
But pressure from the Religious community, and specifically the Religious Broadcasters Group, has forced Paramount to add a disclaimer to the beginning of the movie.
The decision followed an appeal by Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, to help audiences better understand that the feature film is a dramatization of the major scriptural themes and not a line-by-line retelling of the Bible story, the statement said.
The statement added to the film is:
“The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
After reading the disclaimer many feel that it falls short of specifically using the phrase, “this is not a line-by-line depiction,” non-the-less Paramount seems pleased with its retraction.
“We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Johnson’s efforts to bring this idea to us,” said Paramount Picture’s Vice Chairman, Rob Moore. “Our goal has been to take every measure we can to ensure moviegoers have the information they need before deciding to buy a ticket to see the film. We are very proud of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. We think audiences all over the world will enjoy this epic film.”
The studio has been trying to tread the line between the secularist views of its daring filmmaker Aronofksy and its desire to appeal to religious audiences with the big-budget movie starring Russell Crowe.
Paramount agreed to add the message to all its future marketing materials, including a soon-to-be released online trailer, the film’s official website, and 100% of print and radio, as well as some of the film’s online and broadcast.
The movie opens on March 28.