ABC's morning show today (10-17-13) carried a story about a new movie version of Noah and the Flood.  It seems that it was "test" shown to religious groups and found wanting.  The film, scheduled for March release, was directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Russell Crowe as the Ark guy.  Audiences who saw a rough cut reportedly dismissed the movie as a failure because it failed to follows scripture. How?  Did it not show dinosaurs entering the Ark?  Aronofsky, who made Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, would seem an unlikely choice to helm a biblical movie about a mythical character who supposedly saved the world when someone called "God" caused it to rain for forty days and forty nights.  It's not the flood that seems impossible; indeed, almost all people the world over include such an incident in their mythologies.  But fundamentalists have insisted that the universe was created in six days approximately 5,000 B.C.E., meaning that dinosaurs came into being at the same time we did.  From biblical descriptions of the Ark, it simply could hot have held all the dinosaurs we know from digging up their skeletons, examining fossils, &c., and in any case we know as a matter of scientific fact that the dinosaurs arrived during the Jurassic period, about 100 million years ago.  So the question might be, were the "test" audiences for the film disappointed that Aronofsky left out the big guys?  That would explain the brouhaha. Neither the filmmaker nor his studio will comment. Maybe the film will be delayed for preparation of more C.G.I.'s.  Why on earth would a filmmaker like Aronofsky tackle this subject in the first place?

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