Darren Aronofsky’s long awaited and gestating biblical epic film Noah finally has a release date. The film, which sees Russell Crowe play as the titular character is now scheduled for March 28th, 2014.

The Playlist was the first to report on the news of the release date. Paramount and New Regency are working in conjunction on the adaptation of Aronofsky’s take on the Biblical character – and it has been widely reported that the fimmaker has been developing the film since he was 13-years-old. According to the trade the film is being produced on a $150 million budget.

Here is what Aronofsky had to say about the project:

“Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.”

If Aronofsky’s other films are an indication of what Noah‘s rating could possibly be, then we could be seeing a rather intense movie – and one that is not fit for younger audiences.

In an earlier report, Aronofsky described his Noah character as “a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet.” This coincides with Aronofsky’s earlier description of Noah’s “passion and perseverance”.

Its been rumored that Liam Neeson was in talks to join the cast of Noah as a villain, but there’s no mention of him or his character in The Playlist’s report. Filming is excepted to begin in July, which is more then enough time to craft the biblical epic before its release. It will need all the time it can have – given that the film will have a flood of biblical proportions.

There are no other titles that share the same release date as Noah, but films like Disney’s live-action adaption of Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, D.J. Caruso’s sci-fi pic Invertigo, and DreamWorks Animation’s Peabody and Mr. Sherman are all scheduled to open in March of 2014.

Noah is scheduled for release on March 28, 2014.

Source: The Playlist