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October 12, 2009

'The Ten Commandments' to be remade as "300"?!

Fox also to add info not from the Bible, but from Rabbinical Midrash and other historical sources

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Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox is remaking Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments!

Sorta.

But wait, it gets weirder...

Fox intends to tell the story of Moses in the style of 300, Zach Snyder's pornographically violent film about the last stand of a cadre of Spartan warriors against a far more vast Persian foe at the Battle of Thermopile.

Fox says it's keeping all the good stuff, from plagues to the parting the Red Sea, but is including new information excised not from the Bible, but from Rabbinical Midrash and other historical sources.

Other than 300's obviously splendid visuals (filmed almost entirely on a green-screen laden set), I can't imagine why you'd link these two films unless you intend to transform Moses from a weak leader, terrified of his calling and dependant on God for every ounce of his strength into a revolutionary figure who employs violence to attain his ends.

Perhaps I'm reading more into this than I should, but I seem to have misplaced my Midrash and am wondering exactly where Fox intends to go with this. There is the potential, of course, to offend millions of Christians and Jews alike. Or perhaps Fox is taking a page from Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Inglourious Basterds and creating a revenge fantasy film that elevates the oppressed underdogs to the status of vengeful angels.

More details as they appear...

Comments

300 looked fantastic. For about five minutes anyway. It got old pretty fast. With its thin plot, awful dialogue, gratuitous violence, and strange orgies, it's not worth suffering through for what amounts to a long, slo-mo slaughtering. I hope they don't turn the Ten Commandments into the same travesty, but the odds aren't on my side. We'll see...

The thought of making the Ten Commandments using todays movie technology is making me very happy indeed. However it would be prudent for the film makers to do it in the spirit of The Passion of Christ and give the Bible its due credit, i.e. tell the truth. I am praying that they give due credence to the story AND make it a lavish epic, maybe even bigger than the 1956 version. If not its gonna flop! Even non believers won't be taken in by a "re-imagining".

How is 300 "pornographically violent" or about revenge? This was a brilliant film in so many ways, and entirely relevant to what a new film about Moses should be like. Moses and Leonidas are a lot more alike than you give them credit for. Leonidas is in no way vengeful, merely standing up for his people, and in private (the scene with his wife before heading off to battle) we see that, like Moses, he's plagued by self-doubt...and Moses, like Leonidas, was impulsive and entirely capable of violent acts, just ask the Egyptian guard he killed. If they're going to do the Commandments as 300, it will not only look great but also illustrate how a good story is more powerful and more important than literal history. We don't know how the Exodus matches up to historical details - but it makes a better story the way it is written in the Bible, and if 300 recognized that principle, so will this film. Can't wait to see it.

This sounds like it has the makings to entertain millions of American Christians who don't know the story of Moses thus would have no reason to be offended.

How many Christians know that Moses was 80 when he returned to tell Pharaoh "Let My people go" and that Moses wasn't actually the one speaking to Pharaoh, Aaron his brother was because Moses had a speech impediment? See hollywood got it wrong their first and the second attempts at portraying the story of Moses.

Lastly, this will no doubt be a disgrace to those who do know the simple details of the life and story of Moses. Scripture seems to imply that the reason why Moses was never a servant of superman proportions or Hulk-like ability and strength is to show God's glory through the weakness of man thus personifying the power and glory of the God who's command is without end and who's strength never fails.

Moses was a man with little strength and well into his old age and any film that portrays him as a super hero misses the point of the entire books written about Moses.

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