Hollywood Turns Holy With 5 Lined Up Biblical Releases in 2014
In a nation where superheroes are revered and science fiction is given critical acclaim, Mel Gibson took a daring risk by presenting his rendition of one of the most controversial events in history, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. His 2004 film, The Passion of Christ was not only the highest grossing film of the year, but it also reintroduced Biblical films to modern cinema.
A decade later, Hollywood’s major releases are all said to be Biblical films. With a line up of five Bible based releases, 2014 has been declared Hollywood’s holy year.
Son of God
This year’s first biblical release will be the History Channel and 20th Century Fox collaborative effort, Son of God. The idea is taken from History Channel’s most recent periodic show, The Bible, which provides a through explanation of the Bible from Genesis to the birth of Christ. The faith based show was featured on television in early 2013, which garnered an astonishing 11.4 million viewers, thus becoming the most watch show on television in 2013. The movie takes the story further, discussing the life of Jesus Christ. Actress Roma Downey and her husband, reality TV pioneer, Mark Burnett have borrowed concepts and visuals from the series for this film. Son of God is slated for a February 28th release.
Heaven is for Real
Greg Kinnear starrer Heaven is for Real tests the faith of modern man on God. Having experienced a near death scenario, a little boy awakens claiming he has seen heaven. Although not a storybook biblical movie, the plot focuses on the link between man and God. The film which is said to startle faith and evoke emotions coincidentally releases right before Easter 2014.
An action thriller, an abundance of ground breaking visual effects and technology, and an age old classic tale of the formation of the “modern world” (post flood) as we know it – this is the story of Noah. Darren Aronofsky’s (who previously directed Black Swan) Noah is already in talks for its lavish budget of $130 million and a star studded cast which includes big names such as Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson. While the technical crew was given full liberty to bring the Ark to life, the trailer shows the realistic yet magical approach they took to make the movie work. The movie is expected to release on Thanksgiving 2014.
A 20th Century Fox venture, Exodus is making the news for its similarity to the 1956 classic, The Ten Commandments. Based on the same chapter of the Bible, the movie focuses on the life of Moses and the enslavement of Jewish tribes in Egypt. Directed by Ridley Scott, Exodus has Christian Bale and Aaron Paul in lead roles.
Mary – Mother of Christ
The classic tale of Jesus’ birth has been told time and time again but none have seen it through the eyes of Mary – the mother of Jesus. Lion’s Gate Films take the opportunity to describe Jesus’ birth through the eyes of Mary. The cast of the film includes Peter O’Toole, Sir Ben Kingsley and Julia Ormond while 16-year-old newcomer Odeya Rush will be seen playing Mary. The film is slated to release on Christmas 2014.
Author: Diana Lydia