A Biblical Flurry
In our posts, we often discuss Biblical themes in fiction, cinema, and media. What about when the Biblical story is the theme all by itself? There have been books, movies, and mini-series that depict biblical stories throughout our media culture. In fiction literature, “The Red Tent” and “The Song of Solomon” are favorites. In cinema, biblical epics seem to come in waves each decade. From the post World War II classics as “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben-Hur” to controversial modern day works like “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “The Passion of the Christ” there is never a lack of material in the Old Book. The good news is if you are a fan of Biblical stories, there is about to be another surge of chronicles hitting the market (and if you are an aspiring author, this may be the next big theme)! “The Bible” on the History Channel, from Mark Burnett, is a 10-hour mini-series docu-drama. According to Burnett, his overarching goal for making “The Bible” (which airs on March 3) is to fight what he calls “biblical illiteracy.” Burnett said that he wanted to give the story some special effects on par with current movie projects and get ahead of what he thinks is going to be a flurry of Biblical Hollywood projects in the coming year.
That flurry includes Russell Crowe’s upcoming epic “Noah” and Steven Spielberg making a movie about the life of Moses “Gods and Kings.” Warner Brothers has recently purchased the rights to two manuscripts, “Pontius Pilate” and “Exodus.” Sony Pictures is developing a supernatural spin on the story of Cain and Abel with Will Smith directing, “The Redemption of Cain.” Lionsgate will soon be distributing “Mary, Mother of Christ” the prequel to “Passion of the Christ.” Finally, in the literary medium Bill O’Reilly is adding to his widely popular historical series of “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy” with “Killing Jesus.”
What Biblical stories would you like to see portrayed in cinema or fiction? What theme is primed for Hollywood or a novel?
Whatever your opinion may be I think Mr. Bock at Grace Hill (a media company that specializes in bridging Hollywood with religious themes) said it best, “you have two cultures that are rediscovering each other. Hollywood has the best storytellers. And religion has the best stories.” http://www.history.com/shows/the-bible