Darren Aronofsky isn’t a director who likes to keep it simple. This is the guy who’s most well-known for his mind-trip movies like Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and Black Swan. So, when Paramount announced that his version of Noah would be a “close adaptation of the biblical story of Noah’s ark,” we weren’t buying it. Now, some clues have surfaced making this more clear than ever: Noah will not be the biblical story you learned about in Sunday school.
HitFix was lucky enough to have one of its writers get a look at the Noah script, and released some details on what we should except. The source gives the impression that Aronofsky’s story will focus on the land before the flood, more than the actual event itself. They’ve also described the it as a “violent, freaky, scary world” unlike anything we’ve seen before.
It also seems that the movie will be based on the comic book series co-created by Aronofsky, producer Ari Handel and artist Nico Henrichon. In it, Noah is described as a Mad Max-style warrior, unlike any other man on earth.
His name is Noah. Far from the stereotype of the patriarch that one appends the character of the Bible, he looked like a warrior. He looks like a Mad Max out of the depths of time. In the world of Noah, pity has no place. He lives with his wife and three children in a land barren and hostile, in the grip of severe drought. A world marked by violence and barbarism, delivered to the savagery of the clans that draw their reason to survive from war and cruelty.
The story will also include the Watchers, which are described as “eleven-foot-tall fallen angels with six arms and no wings.” Slashfilm mentions that these fallen angels are actually mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 6) as the giant offspring of the “sons of God and the “daughters of men.”
All of this new information definitely gives the whole film an intriguing and dark slant. Sometimes when we read about this story as kids we don’t understand how truly scary and terrifying it is. The story is about how a flood wipes out most of the human race, after all. Scarier than ya think, no? Thus far, it seems like this age-old tale is in good hands.
What do you think? Are you intrigued to see what Aronofsky has planned for us in Noah?