Such is the state of online reporting and the desire to be “first” that a non-story like today’s tale of Darren Aronofksy’s ‘Noah’ and its supposed switch to a Summer release is actual news. Now, if it was true, few would find fault with an outlet like Collider.com running with the report. After all, this fascinating filmmaker’s take on the Biblical flood and the Ark containing two of every creature (rats, and cats, and elephants, but sadly, no unicorns) is a heavily anticipated entry into the sizeable 2014 film season, and a move from its original spring set-up would, more than likely indicate, a lot of faith on the part of Paramount, the studio behind the production. Since we’ve seen nothing but stills for this F/X heavy epic, one could easily draw a conclusion of “blockbuster” over the entire enterprise.
However, Collider was wrong. However they got the supposed scoop, Paramount was quick to shoot it down. Chalking up the date discrepancy to a website mix-up, they reached out to Collider and made it very clear that, No, Noah is still set to bow on March 28, 2014. No move to an already packed popcorn season. No crazed adolescents texting and talking during this unusual spin on the Good Book’s admonition to mankind (including, according to reports, 11 foot tall Angels called “Watchers”).
Again, the desire to see this movie make good is understandable. Aronofsky finally hit with ‘Black Swan,’ but he’s been making incredible and complex films – ‘Pi,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘The Wrestler’ – for years now. In fact, his output has been so special that the occasional instances when he doesn’t take on a major mainstream project (the pre-Nolan Batman reboot, a chance to helm this Summer’s ‘The Wolverine‘) prove just as intriguing as the work he puts out. ‘Noah’ has all the earmarks of a next cinematic step for Aronofsky. ‘The Fountain’ was originally supposed to be a big budget tentpole like title until its financing was nixed and the costs pulled back. Here, Paramount is sparing little expense ($130 million to be exact) and since they are signing the checks, they can release the film whenever they feel it will be most effective. Barring any post-production complication, March it is…for now.