The mega-budget films grew from Hollywood’s new appreciation for faith-based fare. Yet the rollout for each film showed the chasm that still exists between the film industry and spiritual movie goers.
That gap clearly hurt “Noah,” which did solid box office earlier this year but couldn’t duplicate the runaway success of “The Passion of the Christ” thanks to the former’s deviation from the source material.
The Ridley Scott-directed “Exodus,” starring Christian Bale as Moses, is running into similar issues.
The film’s on-set adviser cautioned the filmmakers that decision could upset potential audiences. Apparently, the consultant’s wisdom fell on deaf ears.
Rabbi David Baron of the liberal Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills, a consultant on the film, acknowledges that this depiction and others — from the parting of the Red Sea to the plagues — might create controversy.
Studios don’t blink while reshaping their films to make them more attractive to foreign markets. In the case of China, a booming film marketplace, filmmakers restructure key sequences and characters to appease Chinese censors and gain access to the country’s theaters.
That begs the question – couldn’t the minds behind “Exodus” swallow hard, cast an adult as the voice of God and avoid alienating Christian movie goers?
“Exodus: Gods & Kings” opens nationwide Dec. 12.