From Hollywood reporter.
“We believe the audience continues to have a hunger for life- and faith-affirming films,” says Michael Landon Jr., who is writing and producing the new version of Jesus of Nazareth with Brian Bird for Brad Krevoy’s MPCA. “The monumental success of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Bible just underscores that.”
Ah. So it’s a spinoff. Like The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo spun off from B. J. and the Bear. Next we’ll see “Three’s Company in the Fiery Furnace!” Or “This Old Wall at Jericho with Bob Vila”. Or maybe some reality shows like “The Great Galilean Fishing Boat Race” or “Pick Up Your Mat and Walk!” Can you just imagine the green room pitches?
Says Bird: “We’re not looking to cause controversy to anybody. What we hope to do will be orthodox and faithful to the gospel and pleasing to whoever sees it. The idea of helping skeptics see Christ in a different way than they’ve ever seen him before, that’s not going to upset the choir.”
Why does Jesus have to be “different“? Wasn’t the ‘old’ Jesus good enough?
I think it is God they need to worry about ticking off, not the choir.
“Every generation should have the chance to experience this story,” says Krevoy. “It’s perfect for today with all the things happening in the world. It’s great entertainment and educational.”
Jesus as entertainment. Lord, preserve us. I know that TV people can’t imagine any other activity except TV, but every generation can do something to experience the bible, and every generation already has. It’s called r.e.a.d.
Landon says their version “will be traditional in the sense we’re going to stay true to the gospel, but it won’t be traditional in the sense that our version is actually going to be made for the skeptic, not the believer.”
Um. OK. We’ll see.Perhaps they didn’t read 2 Peter 3:3. Or Hebrews 6:6.