Comments about ‘2014 'Noah' film to star big names, but some worry it doesn't stay faithful to the original script’

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Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 3:10 p.m. MST

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Houston, TX

If it can just take in enough receipts to match the production costs, the film can at least keep its head above water.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

"....some question the film’s ability to deliver an accurate portrayal of the story beginning in Genesis Chapter 6."

Misrepresentation of known historical fact is commonplace in popular entertainment. But when the subject being depicted is legend and myth, only the utmost fidelity is appropriate. Even Hollywood challenges that taboo at its peril.

Springville, UT

A religious-based story put to film by Hollywood...and you think it won't be consistent with scripture? Really? Come now.

Mr. Smitty
Salt Lake City, UT

The story is not consistent with reality, so I see no problem straying from a work of fiction.

Provo, UT

As a guy who has made a few "Bible" films I can say that few films can stay true to a bible story when those stories are frequently a few versus and often with little detail. Moreover, film, as a genre, requires heavy liberties to make it last 120 minutes and fit the demanding requirements that audience have been trained and have come to expect. Consider that this is a story that deals with the near utter destruction of the known world and you have to really dig deep to find the true spirituality of the story as it applies to you. I'm, for one, most interested in how Hollywood attempts this subject. I'll be impressed if any "spirituality" comes of it, but I sense that some will. For me, that will be enough.

American Fork, UT

You mean it won't stay true to the story of a rising sea at the end of the last ice age, breaching a sesmically active bosporous land bridge and dumping ten cubic miles of water a day into a much lower black sea basin for months? All within sight of Mt. Ararat? Pity. It would have been a flood of biblical proportions (pardon the pun) and quite the story.

Kearns, UT

Well, from what I see in the trailer, it's much better than the miniseries NBC put out several years ago.

Saint George, UT

although I wouldn't mind something entertaining, I will stick with the challenge I give my literature classes: Read a great book first, such as the best selling book of the twentieth century that wasn't written until 1880, Ben Hur! As a 'tale of Chrst', it still is one of the best fiction books written about the veracity of Jesus Christ. lew Wallace, an emerging atheist, took it upon himself to learn of Jesus and it changed his life, as well as his views about Christianity. others would do well to do likewise. it is worth it.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I hope it stays faithful because obviously this literally happened.

the truth
Holladay, UT

Of Hollywood was more interested in more accurate portrayal of Moses they would not cast Charlton Heston or Christian Bale but Wallace Shawn.

It would be nice to see Prophets being portrayed as real people, faithful good people who are human with real imperfections, and not perfect looking super heroes, or that they must have dark edges to be interesting.

Charlotte, NC

We purchased the History Channel's THE BIBLE and were very disappointed. The special effects were a joke. Angels were essentially ninja fighters. It was actually hilarious. We forced ourselves to watch the entire series but it wasn't easy. We won't be bothering to watch it again.

What we do bother to watch again and again are the Bible movies made by Ted Turner. They are respectful and accurate and very good -- especially the ones about Joseph, Abraham, and Jacob. They include stars such as Ben Kingsley, Martin Landau, Matthew Modine, Sean Bean, Barbara Hershey, and Lara Flynn Boyle. We love these movies.

As for Hollywood doing a good Bible movie, there is such contempt for the Bible in Hollywood that I doubt it can be done. As Jay Leno once said, the problem with Hollywood doing a movie about the Bible is that nobody in Hollywood owns one.

Harwich, MA

Considering the entire Noah's Ark incident is just a story and never really happened what does it matter how it's portrayed?
It was just a story written to teach a lesson. There was no flood that covered the surface of the earth within the past 7000 years. That's just simple history 3rd grade history.


These are stories that teach something.
They didn't really happen.

St Louis, MO

I look forward to the inevitable Joseph Smith movie not produced by the LDS church (it'll happen someday). Any filmic representation of JS that actually portrays him as an actual human and not just the noble, benevolent, wholesome-as-apple-pie ideal who shows up in LDS films will cause Mormon audiences to absolutely flip out. It'll cause 5X the hand-wringing and frantic testimony bearing as "The Book of Mormon" musical.

As for the Noah movie, what would a "faithful" version even look like? If you only put in scenes that are literally from the Bible, how long would the movie run? An hour, if that? It's a story; nothing more, nothing less. Make an entertaining movie and I'll pay to see it.

Woods Cross, UT

Faithful to the original script? What would that original script be? The Bible? The Mesopotamian flood myth?

Okay, we'll take the Bible. Which translation? How many animals of each species board the ark? Seven or two? How many species are represented? (Careful, some literalists believe that ALL species from the globe are on board.) And what in the world is gopher wood?

Making a movie about a Bible story, especially the flood, has to be the most thankless job in the film industry...

Salt Lake City, UT

A movie that depicts God as the greatest mass murderer of all time?

Sure, why not.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

I recall the same discussions going on when Peter Jackson was making Lord of the Rings. Many fans of the books were virtually panicked that the film would stray from the original and key elements would be lost. In the end, it (all three) turned out to be a pretty good film and most people were quite pleased.

The key difference of course is that with Lord of the Rings no one was deluding themselves into thinking the story was anything but fiction – great fiction and pregnant with meaning, but fiction nonetheless.

Cedar Hills, UT

I do like Russel Crow as an actor but please...atheistic Hollywood attempting to retell biblical history? This is like a Roman depiction of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I thought Mel Gibson did a really good job with his film about the final days and crucifixion of Jesus (although really graphic and bloody) but still I give Mel credit for showing the final scene where Jesus is resurrected - that alone took courage especially in a Hollywood that HATES Christians.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "MapleDon" the cable station TNT did a series of made for TV movies based on the bible. They did an exceptional job keeping the story intact and not altering the much. I have watched several of the movies that they did, and Ester and Job were exceptionally well produced and acted.

Salt Lake City, UT

Doesn't stay "true" to a myth? If you are portraying fiction what is the heresy in revising it with more fiction. As for the story, the amount of water required to cover earth's mountains is three times what is on the earth today. That is 30 feet of rain an hour for 40 days (or was it 120 days according to another part of Genesis?). 2 (or 7 in other part of Genesis) of each of countless numbers of species, predator and prey, being pacified and orderly marching onto a boat? How did marsupials get to Australia from present-day Turkey? Why do the Pyramids in Egypt, which predate the flood, have no evidence of any water damage? Rainbows not existing before Noah's time? All the races of man coming from three genetically related brothers? I say the producers of the movie should be allowed to take any liberties with stories of the events. Genesis sure did.

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