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Coming soon to a cineplex near you: The Bible

Coming soon to a cineplex near you: The Bible

From Religion News Service:

Nearly 10 years after the blockbuster success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” which earned $611.9 million worldwide, studios are looking to the Good Book for good material.

Future films include:

LD Entertainment is financially backing ”Resurrection,” a drama set immediately after Jesus’ death and directed by “Hatfields & McCoys” director Kevin Reynolds.

Paramount will release “Noah,” a $125 million adaptation starring Russell Crowe in 2014.

20th Century Fox is developing “Exodus,” a Moses film starring Christian Bale.

Warner Bros. has another Moses-themed film titled “Gods And Kings,” which Steven Spielberg flirted with directing.

Warner Bros. also is working on a film on Pontius Pilate, rumored to possibly include Brad Pitt.

Sony is producing Will Smith’s “The Redemption of Cain,” on the sibling rivalry of Cain and Abel.

Lionsgate has been developing “Mary Mother of Christ,” described as “a prequel to ‘The Passion of the Christ”’ and rumored to include Ben Kingsley.

Read full story here.


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Paul Woodrum

“Resurrection” might be interesting if it explains how a little, left-wing Jewish cult spreads so rapidly among Gentiles. Old folk tales like the Exodus, Noah, and Cain are good stories that Hollywood usually mangles with piety. Pontius is reputed to have erred on the evil side as a Roman governor. Good role for Pitt. Any film about Mary is bound to fall someplace between offensive fictional mush and equally offensive fictional piety.

Personally, I’ll stick with “The Robe” where the last supper looks just like DaVinci painted it.

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