More Designs For The Watchers From Darren Aronofsky's NOAH

Conceptual illustrator, Jerad S. Marantz ("The Amazing Spider-Man"), has updated his site with designs for the rock-like creatures from Darren Aronofsky's Noah, known as The Watchers. Come check them out!

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By nailbiter111 - 4/27/2014
If you've already seen or you're planning to see Darren Aronofsky's Noah you may be caught off guard by the appearance of fantastical creatures known as The Watchers. These giant rock-like creatures were left out of all marketing material by Paramount. No glimpse of them in official stills, or television spots, or even the numerous trailers. The only time that we've seen them is from a tweet that the director made months ago announcing Nick Nolte as a member of the cast. Nolte voices the lead Watcher, Samyaza. I assume the reason behind their exclusion was a preventive measure, as to not add any more controversy to a film that has already received its fair share. And, why are The Watchers potentially controversial? Well, The Watchers were first referred to in The Book of Enoch. It is an ancient Jewish religious work, that is not part of the biblical canon (extra-canonical). Who's Enoch? He's said to be the great-grandfather of Noah. The Watchers are described as 200 fallen angels (cast out of heaven) that lusted after human women. When those sons of God mated with the daughters of men their offspring became known as the Nephilim. For you biblical scholars, "Nephilim" is referred to twice in the Hebrew Bible.

In his film, Aronofsky takes quite a bit of liberties with The Watchers. They're fallen angels, but in his version of events they felt compassion for Adam and Eve and that is what sparked God's wrath upon them. Thus, God unleashes his rage by turning them into rock-like creatures. Over time humans turned on The Watchers and killed off most of Them. The ones that survived decide to help Noah build his ark.

Concept Art by Jerad S. Marantz

NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO). Scott Franklin and Aronofsky of Protozoa Pictures, along with Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment, will produce the film. The film will be executive produced by Ari Handel (BLACK SWAN), Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham (INCEPTION, ARGO).

Noah is directed by Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler"), and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins.
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Kyos - 4/27/2014, 5:34 PM
I really have to watch this at some point. (~_~)'
Greengo - 4/27/2014, 5:35 PM
Interesting.

I still haven't seen it.
Greengo - 4/27/2014, 5:35 PM
It's not biblically accurate enough for my tastes.


*sarcasm*
batz11 - 4/27/2014, 5:38 PM
It was a decent enough movie, though had no clue the 'rock dudes' were in this, kinda throws ya when they first appear, thinking damn, don't remember them from Sunday school, haha...but kinda felt for them, even routed for them, as movie progressed...
batz11 - 4/27/2014, 5:41 PM
Ok, already used this once, can't resist:

That's one scary-ass lookin' rock monster...so is the thing on the screen behind him ;)
GoldSlayer1 - 4/27/2014, 5:45 PM
This movie is based on a story from the highest selling fictional book of all time right?
SuperCat - 4/27/2014, 5:45 PM
Haven't seen this either.
MikeRaider - 4/27/2014, 5:46 PM
@batz



MikeRaider - 4/27/2014, 5:47 PM
Actually, I still haven't seen Noah yet...but I hear the book was better.

MercwithMouth - 4/27/2014, 5:48 PM
I do have to ask, does no one know that this movie is not based on the biblical story, but on a graphic novel that Aronofsky released in 2011?
GoldSlayer1 - 4/27/2014, 5:51 PM
@Mercwithmouth
Really?
I thought it was based on a story from the highest selling fictional book of all time.
marvel72 - 4/27/2014, 5:53 PM
batz11 - 4/27/2014, 5:56 PM
Yes, MwM, I did know that before seeing it, but general public certainly didn't, should have seen peeps shaking their heads walking out of the theater, like WTF was that, haha
MightyZeus - 4/27/2014, 5:56 PM
So is this film as bad as everyone say's it is.

Have not seen the film yet.
MercwithMouth - 4/27/2014, 5:57 PM
From Wikipedia:

"Ari Handel—Aronofsky's collaborator on The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan—helped Aronofsky develop the script. Before they found financial backing for Noah, they collaborated with Canadian artist Niko Henrichon to adapt the script into a graphic novel. The first volume of the graphic novel was released in the French language by Belgian publisher Le Lombard in October 2011 under the title Noé: Pour la cruauté des hommes (Noah: For the Cruelty of Men).[22] After the creation of the graphic novel, Aronofsky struck a deal with Paramount and New Regency to produce a feature film of Noah with a budget of $130 million.[23][24] Screenwriter John Logan was called in to re-draft the script alongside Aronofsky, but is not credited for his contributions."

Although, Aronofsky wanted to make the movie first...
MercwithMouth - 4/27/2014, 5:57 PM
I would assume you knew batz... Your almost a Canadian, you gotta be smart.
GoldSlayer1 - 4/27/2014, 5:59 PM
I'm just LMAO at the jokes people are posting...
batz11 - 4/27/2014, 6:01 PM
Lol merc
MercwithMouth - 4/27/2014, 6:03 PM
@Gold

Aren't we all man...aren't we all...
micvalpro - 4/27/2014, 6:28 PM
Nolte is like, I played these mutha[frick]erz in that damn hulk movie
comiccow6 - 4/27/2014, 6:31 PM
Reaction to title: They're making a new movie named Noah? Is this like Pacific Rim?

Reaction to article: What is this movie? Because I thought it was... no, no I didn't know what I thought it was
TheIncredibleHulksta - 4/27/2014, 7:23 PM
Nice to see nolte is rocking the same look from 02'

AsianVersionOfET - 4/27/2014, 7:45 PM
[frick]in loved this movie. The Watchers were dope.
leftcoastpunk - 4/27/2014, 8:16 PM
Damn goldslayer1 you so clever, how you get so clever?
loki668 - 4/27/2014, 10:26 PM
Nolte looks like he's been carved from alcoholic granite.
pepe - 4/28/2014, 3:31 AM
Bet no one here read the Book
rebellion - 4/28/2014, 3:49 AM
^sure, but it doesn't stop anyone from making immature remarks about it.
loki668 - 4/28/2014, 4:15 AM
I read it and then rolled a whole bunch of joints with it. Talk about enlightening!!
rabid - 4/28/2014, 7:51 AM
@pepe
I read the book!
The angels weren't quite so misshapen as in the movie I see. I plan on seeing this movie this week to see how it stacks up to the comic. I hope to see those crashed ships in the desert.
Nomis1800 - 4/28/2014, 8:03 AM
I loved the film and thought The Watchers were really great! Terrific designs!
SimyJo - 4/28/2014, 11:10 AM
I was going to go to the premiere in London - but it absolutely pissed it down.
SimyJo - 4/28/2014, 11:16 AM
Nick Nolte is looking worse and worse these days!

StingyFox - 4/28/2014, 4:38 PM
Was this movie good or was it dog****? I don't want to pay the money to find out lol
case - 4/29/2014, 8:19 AM
I just got back from watching this flick. Awesome. I recommend it. I'm easily pleased but this had great visuals, great action, great themes and metaphors running through it. And like a lot of aronofsky's movies they just teeter on the verge of imploding in on themselves. Awesome.

The watchers had a real Harryhausen vibe to them that I really dug. He definitely made some out of the box choices for this flick.

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