Bible Stories Inspire Hollywood

The Bible has not only been the best selling book of all time, it also continues to be a reliable source for Hollywood movies.  The Hebrew and Christian testaments are full of stories soaked in drama, incredible characters, and literary tales of good and evil. It's no wonder that it continues to inspire producers, directors, screenwriters, and actors.  Here are just a few of the Bible-theme films in development:

Cain and Abel - Will Smith is hoping to make his directorial debut with this tale of the children of Adam and Eve and what ends up being the first murder in human history.

Exodus - Director Ridley Scott might take a stab at making a movie about Moses, one of a couple that are in the works.

Gods and Kings - The story of Moses has been brought to the screen a few times, and now Steven Spielberg might do it again.

Maccabees - Mel Gibson has been trying to develop this project for years, the retelling of the story of the Jewish rebellion as told in the Books of Maccabees, including the miracle that would be celebrated as the Festival of Light, Hanukkah. Based on Gibson's own personal travails and his public feud with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, the real miracle might be if this movie is ever made.

Noah - I'm curious to see how this one turns out. Darren Aronofsky directs this epic retelling of the Great Flood and the Ark that saved last surviving humans and animals. The cast includes Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connolly, and Anthony Hopkins.

Paradise Lost - Alex Proyas was all set to direct the big budget rendition of John Milton's epic poem about the War in Heaven, the Fall of Angels, and the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but it might be too expensive to ever see the light of day.

Paul Verhoeven's Jesus of Nazareth - Called "the greatest story ever told," filmmakers never seem to get tired of adapting the Gospels, and now the director who brought us RoboCop, the original Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Starship Troopers, and Hollow Man, will try to bring to life what is sure to be a controversial version of the Christian story.

Pontius Pilate - Warner Bros. is developing a feature film on the life of the Roman prefect whose decision led to the crucifixion of Christ. Some great actors have played the role throughout the years -- Rod Steiger, David Bowie, Gary Oldman, Frank Thring, and many others -- so it will be interesting to see who gets cast in this version and if they bring anything new to the character.

We shall see if any of these upcoming movies actually attract audiences and if this trend continues.