Wednesday 21 February 2018

Daniels to direct Ten Commandments

Lee Daniels is one of the directors of The Ten Commandments TV series
Lee Daniels is one of the directors of The Ten Commandments TV series

Lee Daniels, Gus Van Sant and Michael Cera are among the names who are set to direct episodes of The Ten Commandments TV series.

The ten-part Biblical show, which will be shown on WGN America over ten nights, will feature ten filmmakers directing an instalment, with each expected to put their own modern interpretation on a different commandment. Oscar-winning producers Bruce Cohen and Bob Weinstein will help develop the series.

The first five directors revealed include Gus, a two-time Oscar nominee for Good Will Hunting and Milk, alongside The Butler's Lee, Arrested Development star Michael, horror filmmaker Wes Craven and Irish director Jim Sheridan, reported Deadline.

"We are thrilled and honoured to have filmmakers of this calibre as a part of this ambitious project, and thank Bruce Cohen and The Weinstein Co for bringing this diverse group of directors together," Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, said.

The Weinstein Company's co-chairman Bob Weinstein said: "Each of these directors is acclaimed for their own unique brand of style and genre, so it's clear that we can expect ten wildly different episodes from this series."

Bruce added: "With each helmer choosing his or her own creative team, it will be exciting to see their visions come together."

Wes revealed: "This project absolutely fascinates me. The chance to put my own person spin in a contemporary manner on these ancient commands is priceless."

The Ten Commandments is expected to premiere on US screens later this year.

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