Hollywood has never really pimped out Bible-based movies, but there's a lot of interesting ground to cover, that you can do in a variety of ways. Aronofsky had Noah (which remains unseen by me, alas), the Coens did a riff on Job in A Serious Man, but I can't think of any others. Feel free to make the stories however you would like: straight adaptations or thematic updates or anything else.
The first thing that comes to mind for me the story of Dinah. Daughter of Jacob who is raped by Shechem, who then falls for her and wants to marry her. Her family doesn't care for this too much and tells Shechem's folks that they'll only allow the marriage (and continued intermarriage between their families) if everyone in Shechem's family gets circumcised. They agree, and while they're nursing their newly circumcised privates, Dinah's brothers Simeon and Levi walk in and kill them all. This sets up some conflict between Jacob being pissed at his sons and afraid for his life for breaking the deal, and his sons arguing that their sister's honor is more important.
That is A LOT of juicy material there, and a modern update would make the story's Shakespearean vengeance and violence pop. Probably something along the lines of the Coen brothers in the sense of it being an ugly sort of Fargo style tragicomedy, is what I'm thinking.
When I was little pacinoyes (really cute, dangerous/ran with scissors) my grandfather would tell me the story of Athaliah - which was a grisly royal family story of madness and murder. The family waged war with outsiders and townspeople and then from within etc. Lots of marriages, robbery, killing and twists of fate - great movie stuff really.
That story I'm sure would be on Wikipedia if you'd like the specifics but I'd like the film to look like how he told the story - all hushed and ominous - he took great joy in scaring everyone with that. I was like 10 - wtf.
February 27, 2017 at 12:06 : distain (pupdurcs) posted on Gold Derby:
Another that would be cool would be the story of David and Saul. I think a longer format... oh wait, it sounds like NBC already did that. Does anyone know if Kings is any good? EDIT: WRITTEN BY MICHAEL GREEN OF LOGAN AND BLADE RUNNER 2049!?!?!?
Because David vs. Saul is the single most fascinating long story in the Bible. Starting with David's anointing as king, to his service under Saul, to his eventual escape and rebellion, taking the outsiders and marginalized of Israel with him, to his friendship with King Saul's son, who even helps hide David from his father (and depending on the interpretation of events has a fling with him, but I'll stay out of that controversy).
It's an epic journey, and continuing further down the road we have David fighting rebellion from his own sons, the whole thing with Bathsheba, his love of songwriting.... it's a gold mine that Netflix or Amazon needs to grab onto, because the themes and events are both intimate and grand.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Jul 18, 2019 0:17:43 GMT
Not Bible per se, but for the longest time I've wanted a good long proper miniseries about the siege of Jerusalem, preferably starting with the last stand at Masada. Both events were chronicled by Josephus so maybe the whole thing could be primarily from his POV. Other than that, I guess I could get behind a David vs. Saul throwdown.
I want more media about this period generally. Can you imagine how amazing a Hannibal historical epic could be, or the Punic Wars, or the Fall of Rome? Problem is those kinds of movies aren't fashionable anymore so they're never going to get made. Not the way we'd like to envision them anyways.
The 1980s A.D. miniseries is probably the best we'll ever get.