WGN America has officially announced the directors chosen for their Ten Commandments 10-part event series. WGN has joined forces with the Weinstein Company for the project, which has five big names attached so far. Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera are to direct an episode each. No word yet if WGN intends for these directors to cover all episodes or if they’ll be announcing more names shortly.
The series is set to be a “modern interpretation” of the Ten Commandments, which will see each episode focusing on a different commandment. The Ten Commandments come from a biblical story, in which God gives Moses a set of rules to abide by. These rules include prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, dishonesty, and adultery.
WGN America president Matt Cherniss said: “We are thrilled and honored to have filmmakers of this caliber as a part of this ambitious project, and thank Bruce Cohen and The Weinstein Co. for bringing this diverse group of directors together.”
Biblical adaptations are all the rage at the moment. The History Channel’s The Bible raked in the dough, a Bible sequel is in the works at NBC and National Geographic Channel has Killing Jesus on its way. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott’s Exodus, starring Christian Bale as Moses, has almost finished production.
It’s going to be interesting to see what each of these directors brings to the table.