Not since Mel Gibson’s wildly successful “The Passion of the Christ” a decade ago has a faith-based movie caused this much pre-release drama. Except Gibson’s film was under the gun from secularist and anti-Christian critics. Paramount’s upcoming “Noah” is in the cross-hairs of its target audience.
Since the studio hosted test screenings for faith-based audiences in May, the negative buzz around the film has only escalated. Early cuts of the movie were said to abandon the traditional biblical origins of the story, which were replaced with a Leftist environmental message.
Ted Baehr of Movieguide, considered perhaps the top Christian film critic in the country, said reactions to those early test screenings were so negative that Paramount essentially had to take stewardship of the movie away from its Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky.
“[Paramount] suddenly realized they had a $200 million movie everyone hated so they were scrambling,” Baehr said.