Queen Latifah has found many things in her career, but now she hopes to find God. At least on television.
The rapper and Oscar-nominated actress is putting together a drama series called The Scroll for Fox that would transform popular Biblical stories into those set in modern day, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series would center on a group of characters who are contemporary versions of famous characters in The Bible, and reportedly deal with stories and themes that have been taught in Sunday School classes for years, but now in a way that might be more accessible to today’s audiences.
The project comes from Releve Entertainment, the production shingle of former talent agent Holly Carter, who has since moved into more religious-style storytelling. That included 2005’s The Gospel featuring Idris Elba, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Boris Kodjoe.
She also produced the Oxygen reality series Preachers of L.A., which chronicled the lives of three bishops and three pastors, who all promote “prosperity theology,” a belief system that wealth is a gift from God.
The trade publication claims that if The Scroll is picked up for series, it would be the first ever contemporary drama series based on The Bible. However, the 2009 NBC summer series Kings – which was a contemporary retelling of the David and Goliath story from the book of 1 Samuel.
Carter developed the concept, and has hired Michael Elliot from 2002’s Like Mike to script the pilot.
It’s not clear what Latifah’s role beyond being an executive producer on the series will be. She earned her Oscar nomination in 2003 for the musical Chicago, and produced a number of projects just last year alone, and stars in the Fox series Star as Carlotta Brown.
She’s also set to appear alongside Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall in the comedy Girls Trip, which hits theaters in July.
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