A core idea of this argument – accurate portrayal of the Bible – breaks my brain. What do YOU think?
Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community’s skepticism for the studio’s upcoming tentpole “Noah.” In a fittingly biblical turn, the drama was upped when the group fired back. But neither side seems to be reading entirely from a good book.
Here’s the back story: On Monday a group called Faith Driven Consumers released a study about the March 28-opening Darren Aronofsky film starring Russell Crowe, noting that “Noah faces rough seas.” It cited a figure of 98% of respondents who said that they were “not satisfied” by Hollywood movies with biblical plotlines, specifically mentioning “Noah” in the release.
But Paramount disputed the survey and it’s results. FDC stood by their results. The article notes that many religious people may be very wary of Hollywood productions of Biblical tales (maybe they sensationalize it too much). We’re left wondering why we don’t see more Old Testament tales literally produced for the screen. Oh wait, I bet I can guess why.
OK, I’ve been too snarkastic. I’m not a fan of Biblical movies or the book they are based upon but as the author of this LA Times piece notes, why is this a dispute now? Wait until the movie comes out in order to see. Or are they banking on the religious audiences to go instead of their cast of stars?