It’s not too often that we hear of movies being outright banned anymore. Sure, movies can get pretty graphic and all, but usually, if you don’t want to see it, you just stay away, right?
Well for people living in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, they won’t even get the chance to choose whether or not they want to see the upcoming flick Noah (Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly), because in their countries? It’s been banned!
For religious reasons, these three countries have decided that at least within their borders, the film will not be released. Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait are also expected to ban the movie before its release, citing the same religious reason and claim that it will offend the “feelings of the faithful” due to the content material.
Based on the Biblical story from the Old Testament, Noah has stirred up quite a bit of controversy in the months and weeks leading to its release, and Paramount had test screened multiple versions of the film to different audiences prior to the final product being finished.
In a released statement, however, Paramount expressed confidence that the movie will be well received among audiences. “While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.”
The biblical adaptation releases March 28 and is directed by Darren Aronofsky, who helmed the highly touted Black Swan, which won an Oscar as well as numerous other awards.
In an interview with Variety, the director of the upcoming blockbuster says of the controversy: “There isn’t really a controversy. The controversy is all about the unknown and about the fear of people trying to exploit a Bible story. It will all disappear as soon as people start seeing the film.”
Will it all disappear once people see the film? Only time will tell.