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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bringing the Bible Back to Film ...

Have you noticed a trend lately?  I cringe in saying the word trend, as it implies this is something that will go out of style.  However, when has being a Christian ever been in style?  Even Jesus was rebuked in his own time, right?


I think it takes big ones to stand alone in a stream of secular film makers and make waves with a quality film, about ... you got it - Christianity.  We all know those films are sadly far and few between.


So I'm happy to introduce to you the BIGGEST Biblical Epic since PASSION OF THE CHRIST (which I loved by the way).  

 

Darren Aronofsky, who was the Director of BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER, & REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, will release the epic Biblical tale of Noah and the Ark


The premise is, "In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood."


The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO).  And the cast looks to be stunning recipe for success.  They're listed below:

 

Noah..…………………… Russell Crowe

Naameh…………..….Jennifer Connelly

Methusaleh……………Anthony Hopkins

Ila…………..……………..Emma Watson

Ham………………………Logan Lerman

Shem……………………..Douglas Booth



I find it compelling that major Hollywood directors and networks are now turning their focus to The Bible and Christian influence - and marvel how that could impact the world we live in.


With projects, like this, I'm reminded that God's hand is still in everything, big and small. Most media outlets promote material that is so dark and twisted.  Is that what we want our kids conditioned to as they grow up?  No.  It's our jobs, as parents, to be responsible in what they view and participate in, but we can't be there all the time.  


So it's extremely refreshing to see people like Jeff Foxworthy (GSN's THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE), Steven Speilberg (MOSES), Roma Downey and husband, Mega-TV Producer Mark Burnett (10-part Bible series from the History Channel), and now, Darren Aronofsky take part in a change in the right direction.


I will go support a film that is going against the mainstream film industry to make a difference.  And I give a very enthusiastic kudos to everyone involved in this film.


(Now if only I could get my screenplay in front of them, for Finding Kylie. It's in front of a few key people in the industry though, and God will open the right doors.)


In closing, I urge you to spread the word and keep an eye out for this film.  The more positive press films, like these, get - the more note that the film industry will take.  Maybe they'll realize that we, mainstream Americans want a few more wholesome films.  And guess what?  I didn't cringe when I typed 'wholesome' ... heaven forbid we ever want anything wholesome, because that's so 1950's.  Right?  LOL.  







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