Hurricane Sandy Holds Up ‘Noah’ Production, Emma Watson Points Out Irony

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Hurricane Sandy kept most New Yorkers sheltered indoors on Monday, resulting in a good portion of businesses being closed for the day. That includes the many film and television projects currently shooting in the Big Apple — even ones equipped for the job.

Confirming that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah had been temporarily shut down Monday, actress Emma Watson pointed out via a tweet to both Aronofsky and star Russell Crowe the coincidental circumstances that were keeping them from shooting:

I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost @DarrenAronofsky@russellcrowe @mattylibatique

— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 29, 2012

Aronofsky also took to Twitter to announce his plans for the unexpected day off:

sandy allows me to catch a few flicks….

— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) October 29, 2012

Anticipation of the mayhem of Hurricane Sandy kept Noah from shooting in disastrous conditions, but it is unknown how it will affect the production moving forward. Many New York City neighborhoods and surrounding areas saw flooding and wind damage, including Oyster Bay, New York where one of Noah‘s enormous floating sets is currently staged. The LA Times has reported that the ark constructed for the film, which is a whopping 450 feet long and is 75 feet tall and 45 feet wide, was not intended to be sea worthy and may have been affected by the storm. A source at Paramount told that the production will forgo shooting today, Tuesday, Nov. 30, but will move to sound stages in Brooklyn, New York.

Nearing the end of its shoot — which has also taken place in Iceland — Noah may very well go untarnished by Hurricane Sandy. Either way, Twitter jokes are keeping Watson and Aronofsky’s good spirits afloat amidst the ironic twist of fate. Let’s hope the animals have the same sense of humor.

[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

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