Newsbites: A “teen Jesus” series is being developed by the creator of Orange Is the New Black, and more!

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Three quick news items with a TV-and-the-Bible twist.

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Watch: The people of Joppa sing and dance in a clip from Jonah: On Stage! — returning to theatres June 3

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If you missed your chance to see Jonah: On Stage! on the big screen last month — or, if you did see it but were keen to watch it again — then heads up: There will be an encore matinee screening at theatres across the U.S. this Saturday.

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Mary Magdalene gets its first promo reel at Cannes

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There are two Bible-themed movies coming out in November — just six months from now — and so far there have been no trailers or clips for either film.

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Jerusalem: The Biography gets the TV series treatment

jerusalemthebiographyVarious sites are reporting that Lionsgate TV in the UK is developing a TV series adaptation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s bestseller Jerusalem: The Biography. The book covers the history of Jerusalem over a period of about three thousand years — from King David, who made the city his capital circa 1000 BC, to the Six-Day War in AD 1967 — and Lionsgate creative chief Steve November says the series will run for “multiple seasons.” Does this mean we’ll get at least one season’s worth of essentially biblical content? The book is about 500 pages long — not counting the endnotes and all the other stuff that comes after the final chapter — and over 100 of those pages span the biblical period, from David to Jesus and the destruction of Jerusalem a few decades later. So, maybe? We have, of course, seen other TV series about David and Jesus recently, from last year’s Of Kings & Prophets to A.D. The Bible Continues the year before. Sebag Montefiore’s book was previously turned into a three-part BBC documentary that he hosted in 2011.

American Gods will have “multiple versions of Jesus Christ”

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American Gods is a brand new TV series based on a book by Neil Gaiman which imagines that the gods of many different mythologies have come to America and have fallen on hard times because people don’t believe in them like they used to.

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First look: Joseph and Mary in Sony Animation’s The Star

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Now that Easter has come and gone, it’s time to look ahead to Christmas.

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