Director Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” is already facing a deluge of criticism from the Middle East.
Censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates banned the film from theaters Thursday, Paramount insiders told the Hollywood Reporter.
At issue with the biblical drama, starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson, is the depiction of a prophet common in Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.
Other Islamic countries are expected to soon follow suit.
In Egypt, a leading Sunni Muslim institute also called on Egypt to ban “Noah.”
“Al-Azhar renews its rejection to the screening of any production that characterizes Allah’s prophets and messengers and the companions of the Prophet [Mohammed],” the statement obtained by Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper read.
“Therefore, Al-Azhar announces the prohibition of the upcoming film about the Allah’s messenger Noah — peace be upon him.”
The movie has been under storm clouds closer to home with reports from industry trades suggesting the religious faithful may not flock to a flick that took liberties with the Old Testament story… see more