Paramount agree to release Darren Aronofsky’s version of ‘Noah’

Studio had been worried about filmmaker's portrayal of Biblical epic

Paramount have agreed to release director Darren Aronofsky‘s original cut of Noah.

As the Hollywood Reporter notes, the studio had been worried about the potential backlash from religious viewers who might have taken offence to the filmmaker’s take on the Bible in the film. As a result, they used two cuts of the film to test to screening audiences to gauge reaction.

However, they have now agreed to show Aronofsky’s version of the film. Speaking previously about the dispute, the director said: “I was upset – of course. “No-one’s ever done that to me… I imagine if I made comedies and horror films, it would be helpful. In dramas, it’s very, very hard to do. I’ve never been open to it.”

He added: “I had no problem completely honouring and respecting everything in the Bible and accepting it as truth.”

Russell Crowe stars in the title role of the film, and his Noah is described in Paramount Pictures’ official synopsis as “a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world”.

Crowe is joined by an impressive supporting cast that includes Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman.

Noah will open in cinemas in the UK and US on March 28, 2014.