THR reports that test screenings in New York, Arizona and Orange County—for Jewish, Christian and mixed religious groups—have been “worrisome” and “troubling,” prompting Paramount to suggest changes to the movie. As you might expect, Aronofsky has not been receptive. So what’s at issue? Apparently, it’s the third act, which is being deemed “a major challenge,” particularly as the studio wants to find a way not to “alienate the potentially huge Christian audience.” But the real surprise here is that Paramount suddenly has a problem with the film.
In short, it’s challenging, and now it seems that exact aspect of what made it special, seems to be at issue. However, not everyone sees it that way. “Darren is not made for studio films,” a source close the movie told THR. “He’s very dismissive. He doesn’t care about [Paramount’s] opinion.”
It’s both surprising and not-at-all-surprising that a big studio would try to tinker with a Darren Aronofsky film — especially one with a religious element. Let’s just hope he’s successful in his attempts to tell them to fuck off.