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Noah’s ark film delayed due to… yes, flooding

Via WorstPreviews.com, a slight silver lining to all the bad news coming out of Hurricane Sandy. It seems Darren Aronofsky’s current project, Noah, has suffered from delays and set damage owing to all the flooding in Oyster Bay, New York. The best part? This quote:

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.

Emphasis mine. That’s what you call irony. Considering scholars pretty much uniformly agree that the Bible dimensions wouldn’t carry the necessary load, that’s as realistic as I think Aronofsky could have made it!

With production wrapping up within the next few weeks, the ark was forced to deal with flooding as Hurricane Sandy passed through Oyster Bay. Emma Watson, one of the actresses on the film, pointed out the irony of flooding being the cause of problems for the production.

Without quotes, I can’t tell if she’s figured out the actual irony that I pointed out above, or if she just pointed out the obvious “lol noahs ark was damaged by a flood” aspect. I know her fellow Potter alumnus Daniel Radcliffe is atheist, but I have no idea about Watson so I can’t really speculate.

Hat tip to Bug Girl via Twitter.

Comments

  1. Apparently Not Erin says

    I don’t see the problem. Wouldn’t flooding make prime footage for a movie about a flood?

    As a side note, my kiddo’s preschool (yes, it’s in a church) had a Noah’s Ark themed Hallowe’en party where a couple kids went as dinosaurs, one was a mermaid, and mine was a turtle (who could have lived under water for those 40 days anyway). It made me laugh to see these parents – many of whom DO go to church – ignore the story so blatantly. Oh, and a skeleton…there could have been one of those on the fictional boat, but I’m not buying it.

  2. thebookofdave says

    Why didn’t they keep filming through the storm? Would’ve shaved a lot of costs from the special effects budget, and made for a more realistic looking movie.

  3. eric says

    As a side note, my kiddo’s preschool (yes, it’s in a church) had a Noah’s Ark themed Hallowe’en party where a couple kids went as dinosaurs, one was a mermaid, and mine was a turtle

    What, no unicorns? “A long time ago, when the earth was green…”

  4. says

    Without quotes, I can’t tell if she’s figured out the actual irony that I pointed out above, or if she just pointed out the obvious “lol noahs ark was damaged by a flood” aspect.

    While she hasn’t graduated yet, she’s been to both Brown and Oxford Universities and is definitely smart enough to figure out and point to the actual irony.

  5. says

    I’m a bit surprised Watson is associated with this film. As what role?

    Noah was 300 to 500 years old when he built the ark. So was his wife. Presumably, that made their children at best about 270 years old or thereabouts. And their wives.

    Watson is about 250 years too young for any of the lead roles.

  6. ShowMetheData says

    For an alternative re-telling of Noah’s Ark. I’d recommend
    Not Wanted on the Voyage” by Timothy Findlay

    Not Wanted on the Voyage is the story of the great flood and the first time the world ended. It is a brilliant, unforgettable drama filled with an extraordinary cast of remarkable characters: the tyrannical Noah and his indomitable wife, Mrs. Noyes; the aging and irritable Yahweh; a chorus of singing sheep; and a unicorn destined for a horrible death. With pathos and pageantry, desperation and hope, magic and mythology, this acclaimed novel weaves its unforgettable spell.

    Take that evilutionists!

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