In an interview with the Humane Society's All Animals magazine, film director Darren Aronofsky announced that he will not feature live animals in his upcoming epic "Noah," instead favoring digital alternatives to tell the biblical story of saving the world's wildlife, two-by-two. "I didn't want [to use live animals] creatively anyway," Aronofsky said.
And then I think it's just wrong to bring that into play... When you start to get to certain types of creatures, it's really questionable how right it is. Especially now that digital technology is basically able to get really close, there's really no reason to do it.
The Academy Award-nominated director also spoke to his broader commitment to protecting wildlife, in addition to his practical and ethical concerns on set. "For me, I don't know if it's one concern, one species," Aronofsky said. "A lot of things have passed a tipping point according to most people. There are very few things that aren't endangered that are in their original habitat. The time is now to change things."
Read the rest of Aronofsky's interview here.