‘Ten Commandments’ Gets Two Miniseries Development on TV

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
‘Ten Commandments’ Gets Two Miniseries Development on TV
The Ten Commandments, illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company. Wikimedia Commons/Providence Lithograph Company.

For its material and content, stories lifted from the Bible will always be interesting to tell. In fact, two networks are developing a miniseries based on it. Read on for more details on the “Ten Commandments,” which NBC and WGN plan on bringing to the small screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is planning on a ten-hour adaptation of the said series with the network, taking its cue from Kryzstof Kieslowski’s “Decalogue.” The said series came out in 1989 and followed around a specific format. The stories involved ten different plots that explored ethical issues. The show was set in modern times so that it became relatable to the audience. “Decalogue” has been much lauded by critics and was, in fact, cited by the National Board Review in 2000. Among “Decalogue’s” fans included esteemed critic Roger Ebert and multi-awarded director Stanley Kubrick.

NBC will reportedly follow the same format to “Decalogue” and has enlisted Todd E. Kessler, who has worked as a scribe on “The Good Wife,” to write the stories. Steve McPherson, who created the TV drama “Damages,” is producing the miniseries, which still has no official title as of this writing.

Meanwhile, back in January, Deadline reported that cable network WGN was doing its own spin to the “Ten Commandments.” Just like the NBC production, the miniseries will also follow ten episodes. What’s more, it has been said that the project will have famous names attached to it. Directors Wes Craven, Lee Daniels and Gus Van Sant are just some of the names considered to direct some episodes while young actor Michael Cera will also be working on the series as a director. WGN’s “Ten Commandments” (official title) will also have a modern-day interpretation.

These two productions join another Bible-inspired miniseries that will be coming to the small screen. Lifetime’s “The Red Tent” is an adaptation of the story of Dinah, while FOX is planning on bringing “Nazareth” as an event series. Meanwhile, “A.D.: Beyond the Bible” will follow History Channel’s 2013 series “The Bible” and the limited release film “Son of God” will be coming to NBC too.

That’s the word on the two different productions that will adapt the “Ten Commandments” for television. Broadcast network NBC has its own version, while WGN on cable will also be coming up with theirs.

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/The Providence Lithograph Company

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P