PETALING JAYA: Noah, the new big-budget movie from Paramount, has been banned in Malaysia by the Film Censorship Board.
United International Pictures (UIP) Malaysia, which holds distribution rights for the film confirmed this.
Board chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said "Noah contravenes one of the guidelines, which is that the face of a prophet cannot be shown".
Noah, known as Nabi Nuh in Islam, is recognised as one of the 25 prophets of God.
The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, tells the story of the Biblical figure who undertakes a giant task of building an ark in preparation of a great flood.
Since last March, several Middle Eastern countries including Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates have stated they will not be screening the film in their countries.
According to foreign articles, Aronofsky had said that the Bible story was just an inspiration for the film.
Paramount, in its marketing materials, said that the film was a creative, rather than a literal adaptation, of the story after receiving criticism from church leaders in the United States.