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February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In an apparent effort to avoid a full-blown religious controversy over its forthcoming biblical epoch Noah, Paramount has agreed to add an “explanatory message” to the film and related marketing material, including the trailers. The action came after Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, head of the National Religious Broadcasters, called for such language at the NRB International Christian Media Convention on Sunday. Johnson remarked that the studio should explain “that the feature film is a dramatization of the major scriptural themes and not a line-by-line retelling of the Bible story.” In response, Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore said, “We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Johnson’s efforts to bring this idea to us. … Our goal has been to take every measure we can to ensure moviegoers have the information they need before deciding to buy a ticket to see the film. We are very proud of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. We think audiences all over the world will enjoy this epic film.” The message being attached to the film: “The film is inspired by the story of Noah. 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 story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”