“In the Bible the story is only a couple of pages, and the perception we have of it in the West is more as a children’s toy—an old man with a long beard and animals two by two on the boat. And there’s so much more to the story than that…there’s a lot of clues there about what the story means. So it was about trying to create a world where the story of Noah could be truthful and could take place, and make it something that could connect to a modern audience,” director Darren Aronofsky told us last year, just two weeks after he had wrapped filming. With the time since spent working on the extensive special effects and whatever issues might be happening behind-the-scenes, reportedly battling the studio over final cut (it’s still test screening), it looks like everyone involved is satisfied that all will be resolved as the first trailer has washed ashore.
After a shitty bootleg made the rounds, the new spot lets everyone see what Aronofsky and his cast have been working on all this time. Of course, everyone knows Noah from the Bible as the guy who built the ark, rounded up the animals two by two, and survived the flood with his family while the rest of the world washed. This version is rumored to have an environmental bent—something the director has long talked about—and feature fantasy elements you didn’t learn about on Sundays. That said, word is that religious audiences haven’t rolled with this take the way Paramount might’ve hoped, so we’ll see if Aronofsky’s original vision is retained and softened by time this comes out.
“Noah” gets on the water on March 28, 2014. Watch below. A 2nd international trailer with additional footage has arrived as well. The music in the first trailer is Audiomachine‘s “New Beginning.” If it sounds like very trailer-like music, that’s because it is. Audiomachine are not a band so much and more of a boutique, motion picture advertising music production house, specializing in original music and sound design specifically engineered for the high end trailer market.