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Aronofsky wins final cut on Noah

Darren Aronofsky has won his battle with a Hollywood studio for his final edit of Noah to be released in cinemas: Photo © Aronofsky wins final cut on Noah Photo

Darren Aronofsky has said he has won a battle with studio bosses on the final cut of his biblical epic Noah.

The Black Swan director told The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount executives edited their own version of the film following negative reactions from test screenings in the US, believed to be from audiences with strong religious beliefs. Noah stars Russell Crowe as the hero who builds a giant ark to save his family from the end of the world.

But Darren insisted the version being released in cinemas will be his own, as the Hollywood execs version tested no better than his.

"They tried what they wanted to try, and eventually they came back," he said. "My version of the film hasn't been tested ... It's what we wrote and what was greenlighted."

The Wrestler director gave up his rights to final cut the film, which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson, in exchange for Noah's massive 130 million dollar (£77.8 million) budget. Paramount is said to have tried up to six different versions of the movie on test audiences.

Darren admitted "there was a rough patch" with the studio.

"I was upset - of course," he admitted. "No one's ever done that to me."

Some audience members are said to have reacted badly to scenes in which Noah gets drunk and considers taking extreme measures to wipe out mankind. Many complained that the film inaccurately represented the biblical story it is based on, despite the fact that a scene in which Noah has one too many after finding land with his Ark does appear in the Bible.

Darren said: "My guys and I were pretty sure that because of the nature of the film and how we work, there wasn't another version. That's what I told them... the scenes were so interconnected - if you started unwinding scenes, I just knew there would be holes. I showed it to film-maker friends, and they said the DNA was set in this film."

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