Friday, January 17, 2014

Hollywood Declares 2014 the Year of the Bible. By Andrew Romano

Russell Crowe is Noah. Christian Bale is Moses. Brad Pitt is Pontius Pilate. With pages of action and a faithful fanbase, Hollywood is mining the good book for blockbuster stories.

Diogo Morgado as Jesus in Son of God: Christian Bale as Moses in Exodus: and Russell Crowe as Noah in Noah.

(The Daily Beast)  Pop quiz: How many of the top 15 highest-U.S.-grossing movies of all time—adjusted for inflation—star comic-book characters?
Answer: Zero.

And how many are based on the Bible?

Answer: Two.

In the late 1950s, The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur teamed up for $1.795 billion in adjusted domestic ticket sales. That's more than Avatar, The Dark Knight, and Transformers combined.

Which may explain, at least in part, why the movie industry seems—unofficially, of course—to have declared 2014 The Year of the Bible.

Over the next 11 months, Hollywood is planning to release more big Biblical movies than it put out during the previous 11 years combined, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down in 2015 (or beyond). For an industry that spent much of the 2000s shying away from explicitly religious fare—the controversy over the alleged anti-Semitism of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ effectively wiped out the genre, despite the film's huge box office receipts—it's a remarkable about-face that's as surprising as it is sudden.

Consider the 2014 release schedule. On Feb. 28, Twentieth Century Fox is first out of the gate with Son of God, a Jesus biopic culled from the History Channel's hit 2013 miniseries The Bible. (A Bible sequel titled A.D. is set to air next year on NBC.) Paramount is up next in March with Noah, director Darren Aronofsky's epic re-imagining of the life of the Old Testament's most famous ark-builder (played by Russell Crowe). Debuting in April is Heaven is for Real, starring Greg Kinnear as the father of a boy who claims to have passed through the pearly gates during a near-death experience, and both the Mother of God drama Mary (Ben Kingsley, Julia Ormond) and Ridley Scott's Exodus (Christian Bale, Aaron Paul) follow in December, right in time for awards season.

And that's just 2014. Other faith-based projects kicking around Hollywood include a Cain and Abel movie directed by Will Smith; a Pontius Pilate picture starring Brad Pitt as the titular villain; an absurdist comedy about the Rapture (Kevin Smith's Helena Handbag); and an HBO drama about the same apocalyptic reckoning (The Leftovers). 

And so, given all the Biblical hustle and bustle currently consuming Hollywood, it seems like an appropriate time to ask: What the devil is going on? ... ► Read the full article by Andrew Romano in The Daily Beast

Source: The Daily Beast
Author: Andrew Romano is a senior writer for The Daily Beast. He reports on politics, culture, and food. His 2008 campaign blog, Stumper, won MINOnline’s Best Consumer Blog award and was cited as one of the cycle’s best news blogs by both Editor & Publisher and the Deadline Club of New York ... more



1 comment:

  1. I think this deeply interesting. No thought that the prime motivation is money. But Hollywood is not exactly the center of evangelism. The big point here is that through the state of the art on media, half truths will be proclaimed. And will lead into people that never read the bible, and will never read the bible, accept partial true stories, and with that not really knowing the true truth.