God’s Word: Hollywood Style

Last week the Wall Street Journal featured  an article, Hollywood’s New Bible Stories, about big name filmmakers’ increasing interest in Scripture as source material for a new wave of genre films.  Here is the central point:

There are compelling economic reasons for Hollywood to embrace the Good Book. The studios are increasingly reliant on source material with a built-in audience, something the Bible—the best-selling book in history—certainly has. And like the comic-book superheroes that movie companies have relied on for the past decade, biblical stories are easily recognizable to both domestic and the all-important foreign audiences. What’s more, they’re free: Studios don’t need to pay expensive licensing fees to adapt stories and characters already in the public domain.  With floods, plagues, burning bushes and parting seas, Bible movies make great vehicles for big-budget special effects, a key selling point for a wide swath of audience members. Continue reading God’s Word: Hollywood Style