Another cable net is going biblical in an effort to score big ratings. WGN America announced that it has ordered a “Ten Commandments” 10-parter that will offer multiple takes on each precept.
This is where it could get interesting: filmmakers like Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), Lee Daniels (The Butler), Jim Sheridan (The Boxer), Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Michael Cera (Superbad) will helm each installment. Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Bob Weinstein will produce.
“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 Company for bringing this diverse group of directors together,” said Matt Cherniss, WGN America President and GM, in a statement. “The unique structure of the ‘Ten Commandments’ project and the stature of directors involved reflects the creative and bold approach to quality programming that we aspire to as we move towards making WGN America a destination network. We look forward to seeing what each of these talented filmmakers has in store for the audience.”
Added Craven in a statement, “I’m extremely excited to become part of this project. Working with Bob and Harvey has been a huge part of my career for more than a decade, and this project absolutely fascinates me. The chance to put my own personal spin in a contemporary manner on these ancient commands is priceless, as is the chance to work alongside so many other directors whose work has inspired me over the years.”
“I have great respect for most of the ‘Ten Commandments,’ and I look forward to keeping within the rules as best I can,” said Sheridan.
WGN America is available in 75 million homes.
Last March, History scored big ratings for airing The Bible, a scripted 10-parter from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. It received more than 100 million cumulative views and prompted a follow-up miniseries that’ll focus on the life of Jesus and air on NBC in spring of 2015.