DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (March 14, 2014) Censors in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar will ban the release of "Noah," the upcoming big-budget Hollywood film featuring Russell Crowe as the builder of the biblical ark, officials say.
The director of media content at the National Media Center in the UAE, Juma Al-Leem, told The Associated Press the movie will not be allowed in theaters because it violates a generally agreed upon taboo in Islam against depicting a prophet.
Censors in Qatar and Bahrain also have confirmed they will not release the film because it contradicts the teachings of Islam, Paramount Pictures said.
Officials in Pakistan and Tunisia also say they doubt that their censors will approve the showing of "Noah."
Paramount added a disclaimer to its marketing material saying that "artistic license has been taken" after some Christians questioned the film's accuracy.