Not since the day Charlton Heston took Moses in The Ten Commandments to heroic stature has Hollywood focused on such biblical super heroes. The epic miniseries The Bible, featured on the History Channel earlier this year, brought much attention to Hollywood’s motion picture industry.
In the last two decades, movie-goers have rivaled comic super heroes such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and lastly Iron Man. These Hollywood blockbusters have brought in millions creating sequels to each one of the comic book legends.
In 2014, Hollywood is casting a focus toward the superheroes of the Bible. ABC News reported on Friday, December 27, 2013 that “Hollywood is turning to the Holy Word”.
In Noah, Russell Crowe brings the man who filled the ark with animals to Hollywood’s big screen in late March 2014. The film’s early screening has already sparked some controversy. Earlier this year, the producer Scott Franklin told Entertainment Weekly, “Noah is a very short section of the Bible with a lot of gaps, so we definitely had to take some creative expression in it. But I think we stayed very true to the story and didn't really deviate from the Bible.”
Crossmap News stated, “How much creative expression did they take? And how much is too much? Jewish and Christian audiences who were given an early screening in October came out having worrisome and troubling reactions.”
The soon to be released, Son of God movie will bring Jesus Christ to theaters nationwide. Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey, executive producers of the hit TV miniseries The Bible, have adapted the five episodes dealing with the life of Jesus Christ. Including some unseen footage, Portuguese star Diogo Morgado will reprise his role as Jesus Christ in this motion picture film coming February 28, 2014.
In addition to their motion picture, Burnett and Downey are also working on a follow-up to The Bible miniseries titled, A.D.: Beyond the Bible for NBC television.
The success of the miniseries played a big part in Hollywood taking notice. Phil Cooke, a filmmaker and media consultant to Christian organizations said, “It made the Bible cool to talk about again. The separation of church and state in America is so strong that people had become afraid to talk about God, at work or at school. Suddenly, these Bible stories were water cooler conversation again.”
The actor who has played Batman three times will take part in a different kind of superhero. In the film Exodus, Christian Bale will play Moses who will part the Red Sea. Directed by Sir Ridley Scott, this film is said to be in pre-production with a tentative release date of Dec. 12, 2014.
While another movie of Moses’s life called Gods and Kings is also planned. According to the National Post News, Steven Spielberg was due to make it but has been replaced by Ang Lee, who won the Best Director Oscar this year for Life of Pi.”
Another highly anticipated film for 2014 is Mary Mother of Christ. With a promotional poster featuring a hooded woman with her arms outstretched, the words “You Will Believe” are illustrated above. The role of Mary will be played by Odeya Rush, a 16-year-old Israeli-born actress.
Other films are evolving which includes Brad Pitt considering a portrayal of Pontius Pilate. Earlier reports state this might be an epic role for Mr. Pitt. While Will Smith is engaged in a not-so-biblical film titled, The Redemption of Cain which is a retelling of the Cain and Abel story with a vampire twist.
Watch for all these Hollywood blockbusters coming in 2014. As Yul Brynner articulated in The Ten Commandments, “So let it be written so let it be done.”