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Scripture to Screen: 'Noah' Sparks Controversy, Talk

'Noah' is the latest wave in a flood of faith films riding high at the box office. But is the story really true to biblical themes or just an environmental crusade? Read Transcript


DARREN ARONOFSKY'S

FASCINATION WITH "NOAH" BEGAN AT

13 WHEN HE WON AN AWARD OF THE

STORY BRINGING HIS TWIST TO THE

BIG SCREEN IS A DREAM COME TRUE

AND 16 YEARS OF WORK.

THIS FILM IS GREAT

ENTERTAINMENT FIRST AND

FOREMOST, THEN A VISUAL

SPECULATOR CALL.

REPORTER: THAT SPECULATOR

CALL INCLUDES THE MASSIVE ARK

DARREN ARONOFSKY BUILT USING THE

BIBLE AS A BLUEPRINT AND USING

HOLLYWOOD

LIKE RUSSELL CROWE,

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ANTHONY

HOPKINS PLAYS NOAH'S

GRANDFATHER.

I REMEMBER GROWING UP HEARING

NOAH'S NAME IN SUNDAY SCHOOL.

I DO BELIEVE THAT IS THE

FIRST TIME IN SUNDAY SCHOOL.

ONLY DAY I EVER ATTENDED SUNDAY

SCHOOL.

I REMEMBER TELLING MY MOTHER

ABOUT THE SNAKES AND ELEPHANTS.

REPORTER: HOW WOULD YOU

COMPARE TO WHAT IS ON FILM NOW?

THIS IS A SWEEPING EPIC OF A

STORY THAT GOES BEYOND THE

BIBLE.

CHOSEN FOR A GREAT TASK TO

SAVE THE INNOCENT

THE INNOCENT

REPORTER: EARLY DRAFT OF

DARREN ARONOFSKY'S SCRIPT

INSPIRED THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL.

THIS ISN'T A CHILDREN'S STORY.

RUSSELL CROWE'S DESCRIPTION IS

HEAVY.

IN TERMS OF HAVING SUPERHERO

STATUS.

HE WAS JUST A MAN GIVEN A

PARTICULARLY HEAVY TASK AND

QUITE A BURDEN TO CARRY.

DID YOU REALLY THINK YOU

COULD PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ME?

IT IS NOT PROTECTION FROM

YOU.

THEN WHAT IS IT?

AN RK TO HOLD THE INNOCENT.

NOW WE HAVE ALL BEEN JUDGED.

REPORTER: LOOKING AT THE

BIBLICAL TEXT SHORT NOTED AND

DON'T HEAR FROM HIS WIFE.

WE HEAR FROM HIS CHILDREN.

THERE WERE A LOT OF CLUES,

MORE YOU LOOK, MORE INTERESTING

THINGS EMERGE.

CRITICISM OF THE FILM AMONG

THE BUZZ ESPECIALLY IN THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, SAYING YOU

TAKE TOO MANY LICENSES THAT VEER

AWAY FROM THE BIBLICAL TEXT,

YOUR THOUGHTS?

ALL THE CONTROVERSY FROM

PEOPLE THAT HAVEN'T SEEN THE

FI

FILM.

NOW THE TIDE HAS CHANGED.

REPORTER: THEY DID PRAISE THE

FILM FOR ITS FAITHFULNESS TO

SIN, JUDGMENT AND RESTORATION.

ONLY AFTER PARAMOUNT PICTURES

NOTED ARTISTIC LICENSES HAVE

BEEN TAKEN.

NOW THAT PEOPLE HAVE SEEN IT,

THEY ARE REALIZING THE VALUES IN

THE MOVIE HAVE CONNECTED TO THE

STORY AND RAISE CONVERSATION

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL STORY.

EVEN WITH CONTROVERSY, THIS

EPIC FILM HAS PEOPLE TALKING

ABOUT AN OLD TESTAMENT STORY.

OLD TESTAMENT DEAD FOR 50

YEARS.

NO ONE HAS UNDERTAKEN THE GREAT

MIRACLES OF THE GREAT BOOK AND

TRIED TO BRING THEM TO LIFE.

WITH ALL THE INCREDIBLE DIGITAL

EFFECTS USED FOR SUPERHERO

FILMS.

WHEN YOU HAVE THESE ORIGINAL

SUPERHEROS LIKE NOAH, WHAT YOU

CAN BRING TO LIFE IS SO

EXCITING.

REPORTER: IT IS THE LATEST

WAVE IN A FLOOD OF FAITH FILMS

RIDING HIGH AT THE BOX OFFICE,

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS, LOS

ANGELES.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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