First Photo of the Ark from Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

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It’s been roughly a year since word first broke that Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream auteur Darren Aronofsky was planning a film - and a comic book – based on the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Since then, Noah has been gradually moving toward production.

A pet project of Aronofsky’s, the film has already signed on Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, and if that casting isn’t enough to indicate the epic scale Aronofsky is shooting for, the director took to his Twitter account to share the first look of the Ark set itself, currently under construction.

Check out the photo below:

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Most blockbusters these days tend to opt for the technical wizardry of digital artists to create the majority of the sets and backdrops. As such, it’s refreshing that Aronofsky seems to be committed to practical sets whenever possible. Fellow indie-turned-Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan (whose Dark Knight Rises opens this week, in case you hadn’t heard) has stuck to the same principle with his more high-profile projects.

This is not to say that Noah won’t feature its share of visual effects, especially with respect to The Great Flood that sits at the center of the film’s plot. However, if Aronofsky’s goal is to hue as closely as possible to classic Biblical epics such as The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, the sheer size and scope of his Ark suggest he’s on the right track. One could imagine that the late great Charlton Heston would be proud that such films remain relevant in the modern cinematic landscape.

Though the film may function as a homage to those 1950s Biblical epics, Aronofsky’s films are known for being harshly original and disturbingly surreal. How he marries an old school aesthetic with his distinctly modern sensibilities could make for an intriguing moviegoing experience, to say the least.

Does this first photo give you a bit more faith in Noah, or do you remain unconvinced that Aronofsky will deliver a compelling film? Let us know in the comments.

Noah is set to hit theaters on March 28, 2014.


Source: Darren Aronofsky’s Twitter Account

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  1. That’s no boat… or space station. What am I looking at??

    • The construction of a parking structure.

      • John, it’s you! Hello, John!

        • At the risk of failing, I am going to guess that that was a Jurassic Park reference?

    • The ark (Heb., te·vah′; Gr., ki·bo·tos′) was a rectangular chestlike vessel presumably having square corners and a flat bottom. It needed no rounded bottom or sharp bow to cut rapidly through the water; it required no steering; its only functions were to be watertight and to stay afloat. A vessel so shaped is very stable, cannot be easily capsized, and contains about one third more storage space than ships of conventional design. There was a door provided in the side of the ark for loading and unloading the cargo.


      • @ Zander well put.
        Illuminate bro…

  2. I think when you tell a fairy tale on film it helps for it to be animated. What’s next: In a world far away lived 3 diminutive porcine beings who inhabited structures made of various building materials of unequal strength. They thought they were safe until he came……

    • I love how people complain about Christians not being sensitive to other peoples beliefs yet have no problem referring to my faith as a fairy tale.

      • hypocrisy is nigh

      • Agreed Cinema Viper. It seems like people will respect every religion out there EXCEPT Christianity. Sounds like a double standard to me. Its no fairy tale simply because you dont believe in God. The history of Noah and the other figures in the Bible has been proven much better than any of the “theories” out there.

        On another note, this project really interests me. I just hope they keep it Biblically accurate (size, scale). Most movies based on Biblical events (history) become innacurate very quickly.

      • Because in reality it kind of…. well…… is a fairy tale

        • John, so glad your reality is not mine. Peace. :)

          • Maybe you should try his reality. It is great. You know…actual reality.

        • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

  3. I may get flamed for this… but as a guy who believes in the Old Testament it is pretty cool seeing a modern day ark being built. Makes you think about all the work Noah did. Again…. not trying to start a religious debate on here.

    • Agreed, Jack7

    • Dude did you just say one dude built the ark? Wow.

      • Actually, you are correct. Noah and his 2 sons built it.

        • Actually 8 persons made the ark.
          Noah + Wife
          Japheth + Wife
          Shem + Wife
          Ham + Wife
          Assisted by his family, Noah set to work as a builder but get instructions from Jehovah(Ge 6:13-18).

          • Yeah, the women probably made sure they had plenty of bruskies and put a couple of steaks on the grill. :-P

          • Is it wrong for me to believe that Noah could have hired people to help? I mean, if the world truly was full of greedy evil people, wouldn’t they be happy to make a quick buck off of a seemingly crazy man?

            • No they didnt hire anyone.

              Noah lived early in human history. He was born about a thousand years after the first man was created. People then were not the cavemen that many envision—hairy, dim-witted creatures who slouched about with clubs in their hands. There were forged tools of iron and copper, and Noah may have used these in constructing the ark. There were also musical instruments. People married, raised families, cultivated crops, and had livestock. They bought and sold things. In these ways, life then was much as it is today.—Genesis 4:20-22; Luke 17:26-28.

              The Bible’s description of that generation was one of deep-rooted and widespread corruption. It says: “The badness of man was abundant in the earth and every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only bad all the time. . . . The earth became filled with violence. . . . All flesh had ruined its way on the earth.”—Genesis 6:5, 11, 12.

              So aside from them(8 person including Noah)no other would like to do such a thing because it was an instruction from Jehovah.


            • I believe that Roduedork19 is correct. While the bible never says that Noah and his sons built the ark…I think it is highly possible that he hired people to help. I also think that many people don’t realize that Lamek, Noah’s dad dies 5 years before the flood hit. Methuselah was also alive in the actual year of the flood. So, right there is 3 generations of families available to help build.

              We take for such granted what we’ve been told about things that we “quote” incorrectly and say we have it right. Please go back and read the actual passage before you tell people what you “think” you know as being true.

        • And it took about 120 years to build. Few people + big ark = many years. :)

          • No.
            Noah spent perhaps 50 or 60 years to build the ark.

            • I actually see that as being more plausible. Imagine a man who has never seen a boat before, and is told by God to build one out of nowhere. I imagine him spending years trying to figure out how to build one by drawing out plans, building small models to get an idea of what he’s doing, maybe even building a few prototypes before starting the actual ark. And it was about 100 years. The bible states that God spoke to him around the time he was 500 and also around the time his sons were born. Shem (the youngest of his sons) was born when Noah was about 502 years old and was 98 when the flood happened. Anyways, a lot of people just assume it was 120 years because God says “Man’s years will be 120.” It doesn’t say that he told Noah (who would have been around 480 years old) right then.

              • For the record it was not a boat!
                Everybody is always saying BOAT.

                • Barge then

        • The Bible never says Noah and his sons built the ark. It says that God told Noah to build the ark. No other reference as to who actually built it is mentioned.

        • 3 sons

  4. Im just waiting to see how disturbing this film will be.

    • It’s disturbing – a spiritual entity enlists Noah to build an ark so he can commit genocide on his own creation. I think Xenu did the same thing but with h-bombs.

  5. Can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Could be a very interesting movie.

  6. Oh my God!!!! BOXES!!!

  7. Hugh Jackman will play one of the woverines.

    • Then we know what happened to the dinosaurs. Poor things tried to eat Wolvie. :-D

  8. Check out the book “Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study” (1996) by John Woodmorappe which discusses in great detail how 8 people could have cared for 16,000 animals using pre-scientific technology. Woodmorappe comments:
    “Whether or not the reader believes in the Bible or not, he or she can be fully confident that my book conveys substantive information about the workability of Noah’s Ark and its inhabitants.”

    • The biblical stories are faith based. No amount of studies will convince a skeptic.

      • There not all faith based..Many have historical evidence that exist outside the Bible. But your right about not being able to convince a skeptic tho

        • Yeah, almost every ancient culture has a flood story. And the similarities are uncanny. Though, the sizes of the ark differ. One ark was only the size of a yacht whereas the one from the Grecian perspective was about 1300ft long and 1200ft wide. Still, this story has deep roots in all world cultures, and IMO our history. If Aronofsky can make this a great movie, he’d be doing the whole world a favor.

          • In size the ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. Conservatively calculating the cubit as 44.5 cm (17.5 in.) (some think the ancient cubit was nearer 56 or 61 cm), the ark measured 133.5 m by 22.3 m by 13.4 m (437 ft 6 in. × 72 ft 11 in. × 43 ft 9 in.), less than half the length of the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. This proportion of length to width (6 to 1) is used by modern naval architects. This gave the ark approximately 40,000 cu m (1,400,000 cu ft) in gross volume. It is estimated that such a vessel would have a displacement nearly equal to that of the mighty 269-m (883 ft) Titanic of this 20th century. No cargo vessel of ancient times even slightly resembled the ark in its colossal size. Internally strengthened by adding two floors, the three decks thus provided gave a total of about 8,900 sq m (96,000 sq ft) of space.


            • I know the size of the real ark dude. I am simply explaining that there are several interpretations of the story in different cultures outside of the biblical perspective.

  9. Quite like that Hollywood is going old school epic, like Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments, let’s hope it doesn’t turn out like Evan Almighty, that would be a travesty!

  10. Evan Almighty 2…?

    • LOL!

  11. The sequel will be called.. ‘Spriggan’

    • Ha! Nice! Cool anime that. (^-^)

  12. I think Aranofsky will do the film justice. I think he will nail the feel and darkness of the actual story. My only issue is his determination to take the religious aspect out of the story. I don’t think there is anyway you can tell this story and leave out the religious aspect of it.

    I think if you just tell the story the way its written, you already have a very compelling story

    • Though, I am a fan of the religious aspect of the story, there is so much more going on in the story that it would still be a great epic even without a religious focus.

  13. Wow. A whole movie taking place on a floating figment of a bunch of old dead guys imaginations.

    There screenrant. is that PC enough not to get my post deleted? Stop being such censors. If you dont want us to rant, dont name the site that. Instead, try something more along the lines of, “Screen-delicately worded as not offend anyone else because we must be

    • Why don’t you just say something bad about my mother while you’re at it?! Good grief!

      • “Your mother was a Hamster, and your father smells of Elderberries!”

        ;) Sorry couldn’t resist some Python there.

        • Some of my hope in humanity has been restored reading that reference :)

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        I can say whatever the hell I want about this ridiculous movie…and that is exactly what I did. Using the story core (a religious fable) as my comment’s focal point.

        Leave me alone.

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      • @Kahless – Ignore Tony. I’ve handled the situation.


        Paul Young

        • You’re the man Paul, thanks. Well, Vic’s the man but since you took care of Tony then you’re the man, even though….Oh, never mind. :-P

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      Paul Young

      • That’s some swift justice there. If only all sites were as well moderated.

        • Behold the might of the Vic-hammer! :-)

  14. I’m just happy that for once Aronofsky is getting a chance to make a film of this size and scope with a budget to match.
    Every film he’s done so far has always had trouble securing funds but IMO he’s mostly done a great job. This is without doubt something to look out for. I just hope the subject matter and his take on it doesn’t draw to much controversy.

  15. Instruction about the ARK
    (Ge 6:13-18) Starts from Gen6:15 And this is how you will make it: three hundred cubits*+ the length of the ark, fifty cubits its width, and thirty cubits its height. 16 You will make a tso′har [roof; or, window]* for the ark, and you will complete it to the extent of a cubit upward,* and the entrance of the ark you will put in its side;+ you will make it with a lower [story], a second [story] and a third [story].

  16. I love movies with great acting in them. Crowe & Hopkins in particular.

  17. It looks to me like Aronofsky may be going for the more plausible “barge” look for the ark.

  18. Here’s something I came across recently. Findings from the Ark.