Can Noah's Ark Weather the Storm?
By DAVID WEINER
October 29, 2012
How ironic. With Hurricane Sandy barreling down on the Eastern Seaboard, production has shut down on several TV shows and films -- including filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's ambitious biblical epic Noah.
Two massive arks were constructed for the production, which is near completion – one in a Brooklyn soundstage, and one berthed in the water in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The Los Angeles Times reports that Oyster Bay is very much in the path of Hurricane Sandy, with local flooding and wind gusts of up to 63 mph reported in the area. The outdoor ark was not intended to be seaworthy and was partially dismantled over the last several days, but still has a few shooting days left.
With Russell Crowe as the title character, Noah follows the biblical figure as he's given a divine mission: to build an ark to save creation from the coming flood. Set to sail into theaters in 2014, the film also stars Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.
Watson tweeted a message Sunday night saying, "I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost @DarrenAronofsky@russellcrowe."
But perhaps a bit superstitious, Aronofsky has not tweeted any concerns about the ark. He did tweet, however, "sandy allows me to catch a few flicks....," and talks about The Master and Cloud Atlas.