Everyone is all about The Bible lately. The History Channel had insane ratings with their miniseries “The Bible” (and a sequel series on the way) and films like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Ridley Scott’s Exodus are on the way. Now there are some more adaptations of Biblical tales on the way.
THR has word that WGN America has ordered a 10-part event series called “Ten Commandments,” and they’ve lined up 10 filmmakers to take each take on one episode. And in a move that sounds similar to the vignette-style comedy film The Ten, directed by comedian David Wain, each episode will have a modern interpretation of each commandment.
As of now, some big names have been hired to get behind the camera such as Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), Lee Daniels (The Butler), Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father), Wes Craven (Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Michael Cera. Plus, Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook) and Bob Weinstein are producing, so there will be more filmmakers announced to round out the event series endeavor. Weinstein says:
“Each of these directors is acclaimed for their own unique brand of style and genre, so it’s clear that we can expect 10 wildly different episodes from this series.”
We’re betting that this will feel like something akin to an anthology series with a unique tale having some sort of moral that ties to each commandment. After all, there are filmmakers from comedy, drama, and horror here, so each episode should be completely different from the next.
WGN America is just now entering original programming, and this is quite an interesting project to get the ball rolling. Can they compete with the plethora of original content out there across network and cable channels? We’ll have to wait and see.
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