Will there be a leftwing sucker punch aimed at unsuspecting conservative audiences who attend Paramount’s upcoming big screen tale of Noah and his ark? It’s Hollywood — of course there will be one.

“Report: ‘Noah’ Fixated on ‘Overpopulation and Environmental Degradation,’” Christian Toto today writes at Big Hollywood:

The Hollywood Reporter’s new feature on the film, set for a March 28 release, details the behind-the-scenes wrangling between the film’s director and the studio, all with an eye on the people of faith curious to see the story on the big screen. Test screenings haven’t softened worries that spiritual audiences may not embrace what they see.

Further, THR spoke with several people who saw an early test screening in Southern California’s Orange County and who identified themselves as religious. One viewer, who declined to give his name because Paramount required him to sign a nondisclosure agreement, echoed the sentiments of others by criticizing the depiction of Noah as a “crazy, irrational, religious nut” who is fixated on modern-day problems like overpopulation and environmental degradation.

Charles Krauthammer once quipped that radical environmentalism posits itself as the successor religion to Christianity. And as the late Michael Crichton observed in 2003, “I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form.”

Is Paramount rooting for the flood? If so, it’s yet another example of what Fred Siegel described in 2010 as “Progressives against Progress.” No word yet if John Holdren, Mr. Obama’s “Science” “Czar” has signed off on the overpopulation theme of Paramount’s new film. Hopefully though, the upcoming film will at least have better special effects than the last time Paramount broached that particular eternal hobbyhorse of the far left.

They can’t be any worse, of course.