After the mega-success of History Channel’s Bible miniseries, Hollywood, it seems, has seen the light (and some green). Here’s a rundown of some confirmed and rumored Bible characters who have their own blockbusters in the works:
Noah: Darren Aronofsky’s take on the Old Testament flood will star Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Russell Crowe, who hopefully will not be doing any singing this time. (Release Date: May 2014)
Pontius Pilate: Brad Pitt is set to star in a biopic about a soldier’s rise to infamy as a Roman ruler while dealing with political turmoil, religious unrest and the burden of ageless beauty. (Release Date: TBA)
Cain & Abel: Hollywood insiders say Will Smith wants to make his directorial debut with a modern take on the world’s first rival brothers. In his updated version in West Philadelphia, the brothers are born and raised, but they get in one little fight and their mom gets scared. We kid. Actually, The Redemption of Cain may involve vampires. (Release Date: TBA)
Moses: Both Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Ridley Scott (Gladiator) are said to be working on their own films about the Hebrew leader, called Gods and Kings and Exodus, respectively. Lee’s is supposed to be Braveheart-esque, while Scott’s, which is trying to cast Christian Bale as the lead, is a quieter drama.
Jesus: Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven is working on a movie about Jesus with one of the writers of Pulp Fiction that will challenge the idea that Jesus performed miracles or rose from the dead after the crucifixion. Christian audiences will just love that.