An impressive array of directors has now become attached to WGN America’s forthcoming miniseries ‘Ten Commandments.’
On Sunday at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, it was announced that five have signed on for the 10-part miniseries: Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven, and Michael Cera.
The scripted-series by WGN is amid a push of original programming by the network, which also includes the period drama ‘Salem,’ and will focus on a single commandment in each episode. Five more directors still are to be named, and while each has yet to have a commandment assigned (maybe Michael Cera & "Honor your father and your mother;" family first, after all), it’s already a talented and diverse crop.
Van Sant is the Oscar-nominated director of ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Milk,’ while Daniels got a nod for ‘Precious,’ and this year helmed and was lauded for ‘The Butler.’ Craven of course has a slew of horror films to his credit across decades ("Thou shalt not kill" comes easily to mind), and the Dublin-born Sheridan is best known for writing and directing the dramas ‘In America’ and ‘In the Name of the Father.’
Cera meanwhile has only recently tried his hand at directing, as he has a trio of shorts to his name, though the prolific Canadian actor is best known on the small screen for playing George-Michael in ‘Arrested Development.’
It would seem the directors have free range, as each will offer a so-called "modern" take on a commandment, and they will each put together their own creative team to execute. They will be under the guidance of Bruce Cohen (‘American Beauty,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’) and Bob Weinstein, who will produce.
The miniseries is still in the very early stages, but it’s already shaping up to be most fascinating, if not unique.