Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) confirmed this week that they won't allow their citizens to watch the upcoming film "Noah" due to religious reasons. A representative from Paramount Pictures told Reuters that it expects other Arab countries will also ban the film, including Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait.
A representative for the studio said: "The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because 'it contradicts the teachings of Islam.'"
In the film, Russell Crowe plays Noah, who is given a divine mission - to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. Anthony Hopkins also stars.
Even some Christians were skeptical of the film.
Earlier this month, Paramount released a joint statement with the National Religious Broadcasters in response to concerns from the Faith Driven Consumer over a survey that revealed 98 percent of Christian consumers wouldn’t go see a film about Noah if it was not based on the Bible.
Paramount said in a disclaimer: "The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe this story is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The Biblical story of Noah can be found in the Book of Genesis."
The film premieres in the United States on March 28.