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September 28, 2012

Hollywood's New Bible Stories –

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

It seems that Hollywood has taken a liking to the Good Book once again. According to a story in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, a number of high-priced movies are in the works, all dealing with stories taken from Scripture.

Where at one time, Hollywood stood far and away from Bible stories (they blame the 1960s box office bomb “The Greatest Story Ever Told” as the reason Hollywood has generally stayed away from big budget movies based on the Good Book), today a number of major movies are planned for release in the coming years.

Of the titles in the works:

“Noah,” a $125 Million epic from Paramount Pictures, starring Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

“God and Kings,” a movie about Moses being developed by Warner Bros. Steven Spielberg is in talks to direct.

Warner Bros. has also acquired the script for “Pontius Pilate.” 

“Exodus,” another Moses-inspired movie currently in development by 20th Century Fox.

“The Redemption of Cain,” is a supernatural film that is “loosely inspired by the fratricidal tale of Cain and Abel, a project slated to be Will Smith’s directorial debut.

“Mary, Mother of Christ,” is billed as a prequel to “The Passion of Christ.” Lionsgate will be distribute the film.

Of course, my fear is the movies will not be completely Biblical in scope. But then again, it is Hollywood; we have to give them a little leeway.

It is good that the Bible is getting some attention. Maybe this will spur a growing study of God’s Word.

(The story link below is from today’s Wall Street Journal – a subscription is required)

Hollywood’s New Bible Stories – “”

(Via the Wall Street Journal –

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