Top 2014 Hollywood Releases Based On the Bible and Release Dates
By Benjamin Jones
Whether as a reaction to the success of The Bible series on The History Channel, or to Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster - The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood producers are clearly steering towards using the Bible as a source of future movie material.
In 2014 alone, multiple movies based on the Bible will be released, and here are 4 that you should keep an eye out for.
Release Date: March 28
Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream), and starring Emma Watson, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. Many religious audiences who have viewed pre-screenings have expressed their concerns about its Biblical inaccuracies, and other than the clue from its theatrical trailer and some interviews, the public will have to wait to watch and judge for themselves.
2. Son of God
Release Date: February 28
This movie will take selections from The Bible miniseries along with never-before-seen footage for the anticipated two-hour-long film. The major motion picture, slated to be released by 20th Century Fox, includes an action-packed storyline, powerful performances and "dazzling" visual effects.
Release Date: December 12
Starring Christian Bale as Moses, the film will one of the latest projects of Ridley Scott, where he will both direct and produce it. Though no storylines have been revealed, a hint of the direction of the film can be deduced in Scott's interview with Esquire magazine last year, where he commented that religion is "the biggest source of evil...everyone is tearing each other apart in the name of their personal god. And the irony is, by definition, they're probably worshiping the same god". It would be very probable that much 'creative expression' will be taken.
Exodus will also star Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver.
Release Date: December
Dubbed the prequel to The Passion of the Christ, Mary a.k.a. Mary Mother of Christ is in the works to be released a year from now. The film is said to focus on Mary and her efforts to save Jesus as a baby, escaping the decree from King Herod (played by Ben Kingsley) to kill all baby boys. The scripted is written by the co-writer of The Passion of the Christ Benedict Fitzgerald, and will be directed by Alister Grierson (Sanctum).