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Nov 07 2012

Noah’s Ark Movie Stopped Due to Flood

If you are an connoisseur of irony like I am, you’re gonna love this story that Jason Thibeault picked up on the other day. They’re making a movie about Noah’s Ark and the production was delayed. Due to flooding from the hurricane. The punchline:

To make it as realistic as possible, the director built a massive ark, which measures 450 feet long, 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide. Unfortunately, it was never meant to be sailed.


Imagine that. Mother nature is a method actor. In fact, they apparently can’t even get to the ark they built to see how much damage there was:

An interior set built on a Brooklyn sound stage was unharmed but the crew have been unable to reach the 75-foot-tall, 450-foot-long and 45-f00t-wide exterior structure in Oyster Bay, which was directly in Sandy’s path.

“Noah,” which stars Russell Crowe as the biblical character, was set to wrap filming in three weeks, cinematographer Matthew Libatique wrote on his Twitter account Oct. 24.

“@DarrenAronofsky @russellcrowe What better place to be during a hurricane than on an ARK. Here’s to a strong finish,” Libatique tweeted Sunday before the storm hit New York.

“I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost @DarrenAronofsky@russellcrowe @MattyLibatique,” Emma Watson, who also stars in the film, tweeted Sunday.

Not on me.

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  1. 1
    katkinkate

    What is Emma Watson doing tying herself to a movie about Noah? Although second thought, it’s no more realistic than the Harry Potter movies she started out in, at least we all know Harry Potter was fantasy, some people will think this current project is a documentary.

  2. 2
    dingojack

    ‘God is an Iron’.
    Dingo

  3. 3
    Doug Little

    Oh the sweet, sweet irony.

  4. 4
    timgueguen

    I presume Emma Watson is working for a big paycheque, just like Crowe is.

    Guess the filmmakers are going for the old trope that folks in ancient times all spoke with British(British-ish in Crowe’s case of course) accents.

  5. 5
    thebookofdave

    Correct. The screenplay, just like its scriptural source, will be rendered in the original English.

  6. 6
    Taz

    Darren Aronofsky is the guy who made “Black Swan”. I don’t know what he has planned, but I suspect it won’t be straightforward.

  7. 7
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    “Noah,” which stars Russell Crowe as the biblical character,

    I do believe I just done shat myself.

  8. 8
    troll

    @6:
    From what I’ve heard of it, it sounds more Lord of the Rings than Passion of the Christ. I’m kind of interested.

  9. 9
    reverendrodney

    Fantasy: May this movie start in the Garden of Eden and may Emma Watson be Eve.

    Prediction: this movie will be popular as the Atlas Shrugged movies and various biblical theme parks around the country.

  10. 10
    jimvj

    More irony:

    New York man sues church after 600-pound cross crushed leg, forced amputation

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/07/new-york-man-sues-church-after-600-pound-cross-crushed-leg-forced-amputation/?test=latestnews#ixzz2BYGp55ri

  11. 11
    ArtK

    An interior set built on a Brooklyn sound stage was unharmed but the crew have been unable to reach the 75-foot-tall, 450-foot-long and 45-f00t-wide exterior structure in Oyster Bay, which was directly in Sandy’s path.

    I think we’ve found the best of the list of “reasons why God sent Sandy.” A pre-emptive review by the ultimate movie critic.

  12. 12
    Wes

    I presume Emma Watson is working for a big paycheque, just like Crowe is.

    The director is Darren Aronofsky, who made Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream and other really fantastic movies. She’s working for him because the last actress who did got herself an Oscar.

  13. 13
    Olav

    I don’t know anything about this movie’s intent, but I see nothing wrong in principle with using Bible stories as inspiration for films. You don’t have to believe they are all true or divinely inspired to enjoy or understand the stories.

  14. 14
    Owlmirror

    I wonder if heddle will read this, and remember to address the questions on the putatively inerrant flood-story in the bible?

  15. 15
    No One

    It’s pretty obvious. They built an ark. God, peered down from the heavens and said “Hey! I know what to do with that!”.

  16. 16
    Noadi

    What I’ve heard of this production so far is that it’s taking the story of Noah as it’s inspiration but isn’t slavishly following the biblical story. I’m pretty okay with that, I would love for the Bible to be treated the way other mythologies are treated in movies. More of that and less of movies like Passion of the Christ would be great.

  17. 17
    Nemo

    So that’s what God was aiming at.

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