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Darren Aronofsky's Noah will be converted to 3D, just not in North America

02.06.2014

Darren Aronofsky did not want NOAH to be in 3D, so he didn't film it that way. Paramount Pictures will honor that wish for the release of the biblical epic in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and France, but in most other major markets, NOAH will be post-converted to 3D. Many of you have hated post-converted 3D films release to date, but they are big money makers in Asia and South America, so Paramount wants to do what they can to make back their money on the film.

Aronofsky and Paramount have been at odds regarding NOAH, his first studio picture, to the point that they only recently agreed on a theatrical cut of the film. Paramount is confident that the combination of the film and Aronofsky's fanbase will make NOAH a hit in the 2D markets mentioned above, but they are still spending another $10 million to post-convert it for the rest of the world.

There does not seem to be a response from the director as to how he feels about this change, but it is purely a business and not an artistic decision. Having spent over $100 million on the movie and having had the issues behind the scenes we are aware of, there is no guarantee they will make a profit back on the movie without taking the 3D step. As a fan of Darren Aronofsky, I think this is a shit move, but I understand why they are doing it.

NOAH, starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly, opens in 2D on March 28, 2014.

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10:24AM on 02/07/2014
Sucks that it'll have a rushed post-conversion job (unless they actually started work on the conversion earlier) even with the great advancements in post-conversion 3D but I really wanted to see this movie in 3D and would've checked it out even with the post-conversion, I wish it was available in North America to be honest. Based on the trailers I think the movie would be a very good fit for 3D.
Sucks that it'll have a rushed post-conversion job (unless they actually started work on the conversion earlier) even with the great advancements in post-conversion 3D but I really wanted to see this movie in 3D and would've checked it out even with the post-conversion, I wish it was available in North America to be honest. Based on the trailers I think the movie would be a very good fit for 3D.
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2:32AM on 02/07/2014
Why do I get the feeling that this movie is the kind of movie that one director has to do for the studio in order to get the other, totally unbankable yet brilliant conceptual film to get made?
Why do I get the feeling that this movie is the kind of movie that one director has to do for the studio in order to get the other, totally unbankable yet brilliant conceptual film to get made?
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10:22AM on 02/07/2014
I don't really see how a movie like this would be an easy cash in... in fact I think odds are that this movie is going to bomb, it's such an odd movie and it'll be tough for it to find an audience. The religious factors may turn non-religious people off, and the religious factors in the way they are done may turn religious people off as well. It's a really tough sell and I have a feeling it may bomb. I think it looks really cool though, but it definitely seems like a big risk. It seems like a
I don't really see how a movie like this would be an easy cash in... in fact I think odds are that this movie is going to bomb, it's such an odd movie and it'll be tough for it to find an audience. The religious factors may turn non-religious people off, and the religious factors in the way they are done may turn religious people off as well. It's a really tough sell and I have a feeling it may bomb. I think it looks really cool though, but it definitely seems like a big risk. It seems like a movie Aronofsky wanted to do, but one he needed to have a studio behind because of the scope and budget, not a movie he needed to do for the studio in order to get one he actually wanted to do done
1:28AM on 02/07/2014
I'm surprised Paramount didn't say they were called upon by God to post-convert it. I fear a coming flood of hastily-converted 3D films plaguing the foreign market.
I'm surprised Paramount didn't say they were called upon by God to post-convert it. I fear a coming flood of hastily-converted 3D films plaguing the foreign market.
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10:07PM on 02/06/2014
Seems like an afterthought but it is true that here in Asia we're largely suckers for 3D.
Seems like an afterthought but it is true that here in Asia we're largely suckers for 3D.
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9:14PM on 02/06/2014
All I know is that it has my twelve dollars.
All I know is that it has my twelve dollars.
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8:48PM on 02/06/2014
Maybe this will be the wave of the future. Asian nations love 3D, the US and Great Britain have become disenchanted with it. That said, Paramount sucks for forcing this on Aronofsky, even if it's not in every market.
Maybe this will be the wave of the future. Asian nations love 3D, the US and Great Britain have become disenchanted with it. That said, Paramount sucks for forcing this on Aronofsky, even if it's not in every market.
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9:13PM on 02/06/2014
Pun intended?
Pun intended?
8:18PM on 02/06/2014

I love Aronofsky, but...

...outside his small circle of film buff fans, he doesn't exactly have a "dedicated fanbase" when speaking relative to a $100 million budget. I'm not sure about this film -- I feel like if he gets his way with the cut it will at least be interesting, but I'm afraid perhaps the studio could be exerting too much pressure on him to make it appeasing to the masses and church crowds. Definitely an interesting dichotomy there between a very distinct genre filmmaker who appeals to arthouse crowds vs.
...outside his small circle of film buff fans, he doesn't exactly have a "dedicated fanbase" when speaking relative to a $100 million budget. I'm not sure about this film -- I feel like if he gets his way with the cut it will at least be interesting, but I'm afraid perhaps the studio could be exerting too much pressure on him to make it appeasing to the masses and church crowds. Definitely an interesting dichotomy there between a very distinct genre filmmaker who appeals to arthouse crowds vs. a studio trying to sell the next old-Hollywood-style Biblical epic. I'm very curious to see how it all plays out.
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10:49PM on 02/06/2014
Black Swan did $330 million on a $13 million budget, and an R rated film at that. You're probably right that he doesn't have a big fanbase, but the guy can get butts in seats.
Black Swan did $330 million on a $13 million budget, and an R rated film at that. You're probably right that he doesn't have a big fanbase, but the guy can get butts in seats.
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6:46PM on 02/06/2014

Noah

This voie is so no interesting!
This voie is so no interesting!
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6:44PM on 02/06/2014

One of my most anticipated movies of 2014

Aronofsky's approach to fantasy won't be a first. The Fountain is easily one of the most underrated movies and seeing him go further with his vision of psychologically troubled characters with surreal visions is going to be visually stunning--I have no doubt about that.
Aronofsky's approach to fantasy won't be a first. The Fountain is easily one of the most underrated movies and seeing him go further with his vision of psychologically troubled characters with surreal visions is going to be visually stunning--I have no doubt about that.
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