His first project is the musical film Sold Out!, a contemporary take on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark, with a twist. Noah is presented as history’s first stage director, and he puts the animals through auditions before they are assigned places on the ark, or rejected.
The cast of characters gives new meaning to the word multiethnic, reflecting the roles of Noah’s three sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth – as the forefathers of all mankind.
And mankind, in this case, includes an Algerian musician, a Reform rabbi, a black rapper, a hassidic tenor, a Hungarian stripper, a Chinese opera singer, a French pop vocalist, Jewish kids and, for good measure, a bisexual producer. Everyone, though, speaks English.
The ark itself becomes the setting for a Broadway show, with Noah’s wife as the producer.
Paster wrote the script and the lyrics to songs adapted from popular operas and biblical themes, while Ori Vidislavski did the musical arrangement. Israeli actor Shahar Sorek, who starred in King of Beggars, is the coproducer.
Paster said that he received seed money for Sold Out! from the same British and American investors who backed King of Beggars.
Hat tip to FilmStew.com.