Exodus: Gods and Kings: the “faith-based” interviews

exodus-scott-bale-2Life got crazy busy around the time Exodus: Gods and Kings came out, and frankly I found the movie itself kind of dispiriting, so I haven’t been as up-to-date with the links and things as I would have liked to have been. But I hope to do a bit of catching up in the next little while, before the film fades entirely from view.

First up, some links to the interviews that director Ridley Scott and co-stars Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton did with the “faith-based” media. Exodus may be the first major Bible production since The Passion of the Christ for which I wasn’t able to snag an interview myself, but a few of my colleagues got to speak to the filmmakers after the film’s New York premiere.

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Box office: Exodus: Gods and Kings loses its audience faster than any recent Bible movie or Ridley Scott film

exodus-yahoo-5Exodus: Gods and Kings already had the smallest first-weekend gross of the year’s three Bible movies. Now it has the steepest second-weekend drop.

Exodus earned an estimated $8.1 million this weekend, which represents a drop of 66.6% since last week. (Yes, that’s the actual number being floated by Box Office Mojo.) That’s steeper than the 59.5% by which Son of God dropped in March and the 61% by which Noah dropped in April.

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Should Bible movies be relegated to the Christian ghetto?

exodus-moses-ramses-2The soft opening for Exodus: Gods and Kings last week has prompted a number of think pieces, asking what Hollywood could do better the next time it turns to the Bible for source material.

One such piece appeared in Variety last Sunday, and it’s… problematic.

For starters, it almost seems to suggest that Hollywood should focus on making low-budget movies for the Christian ghetto, i.e. films like Son of God and God’s Not Dead, which cost very little to make and were thus profitable in the U.S. even though they earned almost nothing overseas.

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Watch: New promo for A.D. set to classic Christian song

A.D.Films like Clavius and TV specials like Killing Jesus might be in the works, but it’s probably safe to say that the most-hyped Bible-themed production of 2015 will be A.D., the follow-up to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s phenomenally successful The Bible.

They released a trailer for the new series last month. And now they’ve released a new promo set to the classic song ‘They’ll Know We Are Christians’ (which has been renamed ‘By Our Love’ for some reason), performed here by For King & Country.

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More pics from the Jesus/Satan film Last Days in the Desert

last-days-in-the-desert-ewan-mcgregor-hi-resNew photos from Last Days in the Desert, the indie film starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan, went online today. They include logo-free versions of the McGregor photos that came out last week, as well as all-new photos of Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer and Tye Sheridan as the “family in crisis” that Jesus encounters near the end of his 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Laurence Fishburne to play Melchizedek in The Alchemist?

laurencefishburneI’ve been doing a lot of research into films based on the book of Genesis lately, so I was intrigued to hear, via The Tracking Board, that Laurence Fishburne may play Melchizedek in an adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, which Fishburne himself is slated to direct.

I haven’t read the book, which concerns a Spanish shepherd who goes to Egypt, so I have no idea how closely the book’s Melchizedek corresponds to the Melchizedek of the Bible. But Wikipedia says the book’s Melchizedek is “the king of Salem”, which fits. It also says he gives the book’s protagonist “the magical stones Urim and Thummim” and that he wears “a gold breastplate encrusted with precious stones” — both of which sound like something we would normally associate with the Israelite priesthood, which didn’t exist until long after the biblical Melchizedek’s time.

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