The young and ever-growing station WGN America is welcoming a miniseries to their 2014 slate, as they will team up with the Weinstein Company to create ‘Ten Commandments.’ The news, as first reported by Deadline, comes not long after the network announced progress with two of their forthcoming scripted series ‘Salem’ and ‘Manhattan,’ as well as their acquisition of ‘Person of Interest.’
The event series is set up to be especially high profile, as producer heavyweight and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein will oversee as ten notable directors helm a different Commandment and story across ten episodes. While no directors have been announced, and speculation is sure to run wild (Quentin Tarantino – Thou Shalt Not Kill? Steve McQueen –Thou Shalt Not Covet?), Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen, who worked on ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘American Beauty,’ has been tapped as EP.
This endeavor by WGN and Weinstein comes amid a wave of faith-based content, as projects on both television and in film, such as the History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ and Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming ‘Noah,’ tackle Biblical and historic texts.
In Hollywood history, the Ten Commandments have perhaps two most notable appearances. They were the subject of Cecil B. Demille’s famed 1956 film starring Charlton Heston as Moses, and they also made a showing in the less serious ‘History of the World’ by Mel Brooks.
With Weinstein always vying for Oscar gold, it would seem that this series, expected in spring, will be closer to the former.