If any film is likely to find itself banned in more nations than Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, it’s surely Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
According to THR, Paramount Pictures has already been informed by the censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates that they will block the release of the film.
Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait’s classification boards are expected to pass down similar rulings.
A Sunni Muslim institute in Egypt, Al-Azhar, issued the following statement calling for the film’s banning, illustrating the primary reason why these nations have balked at the Biblical saga:
“Al-Azhar renews its rejection to the screening of any production that characterizes Allah’s prophets and messengers and the companions of the Prophet [Muhammad].”
Paramount has already agreed to heavily promote the “creative licence” taken with the story to appease those who might be offended by the story’s retelling.
Russell Crowe plays Noah in the flick, set for release later this month. Nymphomaniac is also due out in March.
April, you’ve got a lot to live up to.