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October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Darren Aronofsky is reportedly fighting for control of his biblical epic Noah after the film tested poorly at preview screenings in Arizona, New York, and Orange County, California, the Hollywood Reporter reported today (Wednesday). The publication quoted unnamed sources as saying that Aronofsky is resisting changes recommended by studio executives. “Darren is not made for studio films,” a talent rep with ties to the project told the Reporter. “He’s very dismissive. He doesn’t care about [Paramount’s] opinion.” Meanwhile, the budget of the film, financed by Paramount and Arnon Milchan’s New Regency, has reportedly risen well above the original $125 million, largely due to special-effects costs (all of those animals on the ark are created by digital artists). Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore told the Reporter that while he recognizes that Aronofsky “definitely wants some level of independence … he also wants a hit movie.” He added, “We’re getting to a very good place, and we’re getting there with Darren.”