Translating books into movies has always been a tricky process. Some parts of the story inevitably get left out, new scenes are added, and the end result is always something resembling the original story rather than a complete duplicate. If you have a good cast and some nice special effects audiences are usually willing to let things slide, but what happens when the story you’re adapting isn’t just another novel? What do you do if it’s one of the oldest and most revered Bible stories known to man? The answer: you tread carefully.
Paramount Pictures, and director Darren Aronofsky, are trying to do just that with the release of their new faith-based movie, Noah. With only a few weeks left until the film’s premier, Paramount has been working overtime to make sure Noah appeals to evangelical Christians with Biblical accuracy. Charisma News has even published an article with survey results from organizations like the Barna Group and the National Research Group.
“Others in the Christian research field, including the Barna Group, the 30-year-old research and resource company widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture, have had a similar response to NRG in their own pre-release research done on behalf of Noah, including the fact that 86 percent of Christian respondents who are aware of the film, said they would recommend Noah to their friends.”
Noah stars Academy Award-winner Russel Crowe as the title character, along with Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, and Logan Lerman in supporting roles.