Matt Page at the Bible Films Blog has found an article on Judd Apatow’s Year One that had so far escaped my notice. MTV News posted this story almost two weeks ago:
“It’s a comedy that takes place in biblical times,” Michael Cera said of the new Harold Ramis/ Judd Apatow movie “Year One,” which he co-stars in alongside Black. “Jack’s the main guy. I play a character named O, and he plays one called Zed, and I’m kind of his friend in it and tagging along, and he’s kind of looking for some kind of meaning for his life.” . . .
But viewers expecting a buddy comedy along the lines of “Ghostbusters” or “Knocked Up” should revise their expectations, said Black, calling the style of the film much more along the lines of “those old ‘Monty Python‘ movies.”
“It’s not prehistoric, it’s just pre-Christ. It’s like an old, biblical tale. Cane and Abel type of stuff. Just two dudes wandering through early civilization,” Black explained. “It’s kind of like ‘The Meaning of Life’ or ‘Life of Brian‘ — a funny look at biblical tales.”
“A lot of the humor comes from that — the fact that it’s an adventure,” Cera added. “We’re walking across these mountains, and I think it’s gonna look really cool. Hopefully it’ll be kind of epic.” . . .
If the words “year one” really do refer to a point in history so early that most of the stories in the Bible haven’t even happened yet, then it’s beginning to sound like this film won’t be any more “biblical” than, say, The Scorpion King (2002), which took place in a town called Gomorrah and, if memory serves, made a passing reference to a town called Sodom. But I guess we’ll see.