New King David series: a “mafia show in biblical clothing”

Not too long ago, I remarked on Facebook that my kids and I had been reading The Picture Bible together, and that our journey through the end of King Saul’s reign and the beginning of King David’s was making me wonder if I should go looking for a children’s-storybook version of The Godfather. All the murderous double-crosses and betrayals committed by the generals serving both royal houses, along with David’s warning that his nephew Joab would be punished by David’s son after David’s death, had the feel of a mafia-based soap opera, or so I thought.

Apparently I’m not the only one who sees some similarities between the two stories, or genres. The Hollywood Reporter says Mark Canton, producer of 300 (2006) and its upcoming sequel, is developing a TV series called King David and billing it as a “mafia show in biblical clothing”.

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